Working with Interpreters at Mass and the Celebrations of Sacraments
- Be comfortable with the interpreter; the interpreter’s job is to facilitate communication. Everything that is interpreted will remain confidential for the interpreter; it is a violation of interpreting ethics to reveal anything communicated while interpreting to an outside party.
- Speak naturally, clearly and at a normal pace; the interpreter will inform the speaker if he or she needs to adjust the pace of speaking.
- Allow extra time for responses and discussion; the interpreter will be a little behind the conversation.
- Face the Deaf person(s) while speaking; this will feel awkward at first, since the Deaf person(s) will be watching the interpreter and may not always be in direct eye contact with the speaker.
- When working with an interpreter always speak directly to the Deaf person. Avoid phrases such as “Tell him…” or “Ask her … “; speak as if the interpreter were not there.
- Avoid asking the interpreter for an opinion or to explain something.