For each week of the rest of the year, RMC Language Consultancy Limited would like to introduce you to members of its dynamic team.
This week we would like you to meet Ms. Chelsea Charles, one of our hard-working interpreters specialising in French and Spanish into English.
Have a look at our Q&A with Chelsea below!
RMC: Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions for our blog. What are some common myths about interpreting?
Chelsea: People think interpretation is easy i.e., you can simply walk in and begin to interpret. You actually have to do quite a bit if research and reading on the topic before even considering sitting in the booth.
RMC: Which do you prefer, interpreting or translation?
Chelsea: I prefer interpretation, hands down. I love that you have to produce on the
spot. It is absolutely magical when the interpreter almost seems to bond with the speaker, to be so in sync that it is almost as if the interpreter is psychic, knows exactly what the speaker is going to say.
RMC: What has your experience been as an interpreter in Trinidad and Tobago?
Chelsea:I have had very good experiences. I have worked a few regional conferences as well as business meetings. The scale of the meeting may vary, but my role as interpreter, a conduit facilitating communication and connections, is always thrilling and rewarding.
RMC: Do language students understand the link between culture and language?
Chelsea: Culture is so much more than art or monuments. I personally think it is a way of life, something intrinsic, unique, embedded in one's DNA. To learn a language to truly appreciate it, you have to experience the culture associated with that language; so no, students, unless they have an opportunity to travel, don't often appreciate the importance of culture.
RMC: What do you believe to be the most important lesson that a language student can learn?
Chelsea: Language is alive, it is always changing, there is always something new to learn or discover about a language.
RMC: When you are not teaching or interpreting, what do you enjoy doing?
Chelsea: I am a bookworm who loves to travel and I appreciate good food!