For a long time communities and cultures have increasingly intermixed through different social, economic and political activities both locally and internationally. Intensified globalization and vast outsourcing internationally has recently increased cross cultural, traditional, professional and diplomatic affiliations from varying individuals of different languages. As a result, successful interpreters are of great essence to perfect communication between different parties.
Though proficiency in two or several languages is of great essence, it is greatly deficient. Immediate environment, professional qualification, and individual attitudes should be conducive to ensure ample space for adequate comprehension of the interpreted aspects. Besides, increased commitment that is brooded by careful skills developed and inclusive devotion ensures continued trust towards the interpreter (Lindberg, 2008). This essay explores the major requirements for effective interpretation processes.
Professional attributes that are enshrined in ethical personality traits which eventually culminates to personal trust necessary for the interpretation process, are exclusively discussed. Finally the essay concludes with recommending statements that encourage improved cooperation and regulative framework meant to emphasis on perfectness in the interpretation process. Language proficiency Language proficiency acts as the main platform for interpreters in different areas of application. Over 50% of the interpretation processes are entirely dependent on language proficiency by the interpreter (Rafael, 2007).
In majority of the states in the world English is considered as a second language after the local mother tongue. Other widely globally read languages for interpretation purposes include French, Spanish and German mainly for academic, touristic and economic purposes. While written and computation proficiency are not easy to directly establish, oral language proficiency can be observed from interpersonal interactions. Direct pronunciation and use of simplified and synonymic phrases induces better understanding for all the parties.
With the interpreter serving as the major bridge in the ongoing transactions, proficiency ensures that both parties are able to make the correct decisions at the end of the negotiations or discussion. According to Rafael (2007), in depth understanding of the different parties languages reduce disturbances in the interpretation precess thereby ensuring a cohesive communication process. Possible interpreter focus by the negotiating parties is therefore eliminated making the negotiating, discussing or consulting parties to focus on each other in the process.
Also, it assists in establishing increased focus as conversations easily flow from the beginning to the end. Many interpreted negotiations fail due to lack of the core objective focus that culminates to unsounded and unworkable agreements. Middle East and South East Asia crisis mediation processes have for along time been ineffective due to lack of immediate focus to the major objectives. Professional ethics. Lindberg (2008) argues that for effective interpretation, professional ethics ensure increased confidence from the different parties.
Confidentiality, neutrality and impartiality encourages the opposing parties to open up during the communication process. Individuals, concepts, thoughts and affiliations should not be discussed outside the interaction room by the interpreter. As a result, interpreters should act only as conduits for information thereby calling for their overall neutrality in their work. Deletion, addition of sections, commenting and unnecessary emotional facial expressions should be avoided.
High levels of secrecy should be maintained by the interpreter to the media, public, and other interested parties until the process is over to avoid speculation. Interpreters should also be able to guarantee all the parties involved total sealing of the resultant agreements where necessary. Failure in international business discussions have occasionally resulted from misinformation of the respondents by the interpreters in the process. Interpreters must be able to appreciate all the parties irrespective of their political, economic or social cultural affiliations (Robert et al, 2007).