ironlady wrote:Good interpreting takes a lot more preparation time than you'd think. It's certainly not just about the hours of "onstage time". And anyway, if you have to sit around all day, you're not available to do other things with those hours. All you are selling is your time, so any unit of time that's taken up by a client is time they have to pay for -- and time that needs to be divided into the total you get for the job to give the "actual" amount you're getting. (Not to mention the costs of self-employment.)
Ok maybe not quite the tree of money I imagined, but still, earning 1-2 weeks English teaching salary in one day, while mostly sitting around reviewing your Mandarin vocab words, eating conference pastries, maybe surfing the web on your laptop, check out some youtube videos, catch up on emails and forumosa, maybe chat and network with bored attendees, oh and do interp work for a couple hours where neither party has any way of knowing if you did a good job...not too bad
tsukinodeynatsu wrote:Can you imagine that happening in the middle of a UN meeting? "We are sorry, but can the speaker please repeat the last two minutes as the delegate from China's interpreter became tongue-tied and missed a section." Not gonna happen.
Not trying to encourage a raft of incompetent interpreters joining the ranks, but if I had to wager, I'd be about 70% sure that maybe 62% of what is interpreted is improperly interpreted and no one ever knows the difference. There are so many ways to be sort of right in translation, and anyways, the reader only sees either the Mandarin or the English version. Seems the same lack of accountability would also apply in interpretation. You could just kind of muddle through and no one would notice. Even more so because there's no record of it.
tsukinodeynatsu wrote:Interpreting's stressful stuff. I much prefer sitting on the couch in my undies on my lap top, regardless of how much you can get paid in a suit at a microphone somewhere.
Yes, there need to be more well paying jobs where you get to sit in your undies. How about interpretation on the couch in one's undies via webcam? In my case, I wouldn't even get paid for that. I'd probably owe them money.