National Police Language Services Update – May 2021

Mark Lewis, who is in charge of Language Services procurement for the Police, hosted a couple of very informative sessions on PAIT for ISL on 7th and 8th of June. For updates on the framework, please see the link to the regular newsletter below. This month, the newsletter looks at: Procurement UpdatePAIT Scheme UpdatePAIT Go…

18 months ago….

18 months ago seems like a lifetime nowadays. So much has changed. The way people work, what they do – there’s a whole new ’normal’. People and businesses alike have had to adapt their entire practices in order to be able to continue, forge ahead and succeed. Why specifically 18 months? Well, that’s when ISL…

Best Practice

Best Practice in Public Sector Language Services during and after Covid-19

ISL recently hosted 2 live webinars, welcoming professionals who are KEY to the INTERPRETING INDUSTRY and highlighting the most up-to-date contractual changes for linguists. What is NRPSI? The recent NRPSI webinar attracted over 90 participants from all over the world. The webinar was presented by Executive Director & Registrar, Mr. Mike Orlov. NRPSI is a…

The Police Interview Part 1

An Interview with DC Kim Bowen (Cambridgeshire Constabulary)

Detective Constable Kim Bowen has been a police officer with Cambridgeshire Constabulary for over 29 years. The majority of that time she has spent working as a Detective, with over 15 years experience working on Major and Serious Crime, both locally and regionally. While Kim has extensive experience across all areas of investigation, her real…

Do’s and Don’ts of Telephone Interpreting

All remote interpreters should follow some key rules when it comes to telephone interpreting. ISL has come up with the following guide to assist those newly joining this industry. Do’s 1.         Introduction Introduce yourself to the service provider and non-English speaker. It is important to establish trust amongst all parties involved, and for everyone to…

Chinese New Year 2021

The annual Chinese New Year celebrations are also known across the world as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival. The Lunar New Year for 2021 begins this week, on Friday 12th February 2021. In 2022, we will celebrate the lunar New Year on the 1st of February. The dates change every year because the…

A Happy Back translates to a Happy Translator

During the current and past lockdowns, interpreters and translators have noticed a measurable decline in face-to-face assignments and an increase in virtual assignments as well as accepting more written translations. Many of us realised that studying and adding extra qualifications like Level 6 DCI, Level 6 DPSI or Level 7 DipTrans with ISL could be…

I am proud of my accent, and you?

Every linguist has his/her own unique accent. Some linguists are very proud of it and some just hate it and would love to change it to sound more poised, sophisticated – a bit more (royal) English. At the end of the day, everyone has a unique accent and there is really no such thing as…

Interpreting for the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic

PART 2 Many of us find interpreting while wearing masks challenging. Lip reading is not possible anymore, and the sound is not of the same quality while wearing the mask. We need to remain professional, and we are not allowed to guess what the person had said. If you cannot hear, do not worry about…

Interpreting for the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world irrevocably, and it is no different in the translation and interpretation market. During the pandemic, many face-to-face assignments started taking place via telephone or video platforms in 2020. Online meetings are now commonplace, especially during current lockdowns. Many of us had not heard of (or regularly used) Microsoft…

Interpreting in a Modern slavery and Human trafficking setting (part 2)

Continuing From Part – 1… Interpreting in a Modern slavery and Human trafficking setting (part 2) Before the interview started, I prepared myself with a pen, paper and hard dictionary, just in case, because I understand that we are not allowed to use our phones during interviews (if the handset is not switched off, it…