“The courthouse is a block away from Chinatown. I could probably have walked up the street and shanghaied an efficient bilingual Mandarin speaker.” – Rosie DiManno expressing disbelief at the court’s failure to find a competent Mandarin interpreter
Ms. DiManno is not alone in thinking that the ability to speak two languages automatically qualifies an individual to be an interpreter. This is the 21st Century and there’s still much territory to conquer in our quest for educating the public on what it means to be an interpreter.
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