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RUSSIAN INTERPRETER: Worked At NASA Interpreting Between The Space Station And Specialist On The Ground

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Eduard works as a Russian interpreter in the California courts.
He shares what it's like, and talks about the unique experiences he's had as an interpreter. Eduard also provides advice to Russian speakers who want to go into the field of interpreting. (His advice is relevant to anyone who speaks a second language!)

Job Title: Russian Interpreter

Job Summary: Interpreters and Translators

Job Description

Interpreters and translators convert information from one language to another. Interpreters work in spoken or sign language, translators in written language.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Although degree of study may vary, interpreters and translators generally need specialized training, available at colleges and universities nationwide and through training programs, conferences, and courses.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the American Translators Association.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$20,000 - $90,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
40 to 50 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Remote, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, People skills, Public speaking ability

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m='16690'>defender's</span> <span m='17190'>office</span> <span m='17570'>interviews</span> <span m='18420'>between</span> <span m='18830'>the</span> <span m='19240'>defendant</span> <span m='19870'>and</span> <span m='20220'>the</span> <span m='20370'>attorney,</span> <span m='21270'>different</span> <span m='21720'>kinds</span> <span m='21970'>of</span> <span m='22090'>hearings,</span> <span m='22840'>preliminary</span> <span m='23430'>hearing,</span> <span m='24100'>the</span> <span m='24670'>sentencing,</span> <span m='26280'>things</span> <span m='26560'>like</span> <span m='26750'>that.</span> <span m='27280'>So</span> <span m='27400'>we're</span> <span m='27770'>very</span> <span m='28050'>busy.</span> </p><p><span m='28660'>I</span> <span m='28820'>have</span> <span m='29110'>been</span> <span m='29280'>interpreting</span> <span m='29880'>for</span> <span m='30060'>many</span> <span m='30410'>years</span> <span m='30765'>now.</span> <span m='31390'>I</span> <span m='31570'>would</span> <span m='31750'>say</span> <span m='32040'>about</span> <span m='32409'>20</span> <span m='32825'>years,</span> <span m='34490'>but</span> <span m='34510'>professionally,</span> <span m='35180'>I've</span> <span m='35350'>been</span> <span m='35550'>doing</span> <span m='35810'>that</span> <span m='36030'>since</span> <span m='36540'>2001</span> <span m='38400'>after</span> <span m='38640'>I</span> <span m='38730'>graduated</span> <span m='39340'>from</span> <span m='39590'>Monterey</span> <span m='40150'>Institute</span> <span m='40920'>of</span> <span m='41130'>International</span> <span m='41670'>Studies.</span> <span m='43152'>I</span> <span m='43490'>have a</span> <span m='43670'>master's</span> <span m='44090'>degree</span> <span m='44470'>in</span> <span m='44850'>the field.</span> <span m='45610'>And</span> <span m='46170'>after</span> <span m='47020'>graduation,</span> <span m='47830'>I</span> <span m='47980'>worked</span> <span m='48280'>at</span> <span m='48430'>NASA</span> <span m='49110'>for</span> <span m='49280'>two</span> <span m='49410'>years</span> <span m='50300'>interpreting</span> <span m='51110'>their</span> <span m='51320'>space</span> <span m='51850'>to</span> <span m='51940'>ground</span> <span m='52310'>communication</span> <span m='53130'>between</span> <span m='53510'>the</span> <span m='53620'>space</span> <span m='54020'>station</span> <span m='54900'>and</span> <span m='56540'>the specialists</span> <span m='57240'>on</span> <span m='57430'>the</span> <span m='57530'>ground.</span> <span m='58330'>So</span> <span m='58480'>that</span> <span m='58600'>was</span> <span m='58740'>fascinating.</span> <span m='59950'>However,</span> <span m='60980'>I</span> <span m='61680'>left</span> <span m='62200'>it</span> <span m='62370'>after</span> <span m='62650'>two</span> <span m='62790'>years,</span> <span m='63205'>because</span> <span m='63620'>I</span> <span m='64030'>didn't like</span> <span m='64190'>the</span> <span m='64459'>area.</span> </p><p><span m='65129'>When</span> <span m='65510'>I</span> <span m='65590'>returned</span> <span m='65980'>to</span> <span m='66050'>California</span> <span m='66680'>from</span> <span m='66920'>Houston,</span> <span m='68150'>and</span> <span m='68510'>that</span> <span m='68670'>was</span> <span m='68830'>in</span> <span m='68940'>2003,</span> <span m='70530'>I</span> <span m='71080'>worked</span> <span m='71450'>as</span> <span m='71610'>a</span> <span m='71680'>teacher</span> <span m='72130'>for</span> <span m='72395'>a</span> <span m='72660'>year or</span> <span m='72730'>so,</span> <span m='74180'>and</span> <span m='74645'>then</span> <span m='75110'>passed</span> <span m='75600'>the</span> <span m='76080'>court</span> <span m='76200'>interpreter</span> <span m='76560'>test,</span> <span m='76920'>and</span> <span m='77560'>I've</span> <span m='77720'>been</span> <span m='78090'>doing</span> <span m='78350'>court</span> <span m='78560'>interpreting</span> <span m='78970'>since.</span> <span m='79710'>Well,</span> <span m='80440'>that</span> <span m='80640'>is</span> <span m='81070'>very</span> <span m='81430'>difficult.</span> <span m='82470'>It's</span> <span m='82700'>not</span> <span m='82900'>as</span> <span m='83210'>easy</span> <span m='83640'>as</span> <span m='83820'>it</span> <span m='83890'>seems,</span> <span m='86480'>especially</span> <span m='86920'>the</span> <span m='87310'>simultaneous</span> <span m='88220'>part</span> <span m='88790'>of</span> <span m='88960'>interpreting.</span> </p><p><span m='89750'>Many</span> <span m='90090'>Russians</span> <span m='90430'>who</span> <span m='90770'>live</span> <span m='91228'>here,</span> <span m='92144'>who</span> <span m='92602'>have</span> <span m='93060'>lived</span> <span m='93518'>here,</span> <span m='93976'>lose</span> <span m='94434'>their</span> <span m='94892'>language.</span> <span m='95350'>They may</span> <span m='95880'>remember</span> <span m='96340'>a</span> <span m='96400'>few</span> <span m='96650'>words,</span> <span m='97580'>but</span> <span m='97860'>they</span> <span m='97980'>don't</span> <span m='98540'>really</span> <span m='98930'>know</span> <span m='99210'>their</span> <span m='99300'>language,</span> <span m='100410'>their</span> <span m='100870'>native</span> <span m='101330'>language.</span> <span m='101790'>So</span> <span m='102710'>my</span> <span m='103630'>best</span> <span m='103985'>advice</span> <span m='104340'>is</span> <span m='104660'>to</span> <span m='105000'>maintain</span> <span m='105445'>it</span> <span m='107150'>and</span> <span m='107510'>read</span> <span m='107920'>in</span> <span m='108080'>Russian.</span> <span m='109480'>Watch</span> <span m='109830'>the</span> <span m='109920'>news.</span> <span m='111000'>Watch</span> <span m='111280'>the</span> <span m='111390'>internet.</span> <span m='112970'>Just</span> <span m='113270'>make</span> <span m='113440'>sure</span> <span m='113580'>you're</span> <span m='113740'>maintaining</span> <span m='114170'>the</span> <span m='114300'>Russian</span> <span m='114610'>language,</span> <span m='115320'>because</span> <span m='115560'>in</span> <span m='115710'>order</span> <span m='115910'>to</span> <span m='116040'>become</span> <span m='116360'>a</span> <span m='116420'>good</span> <span m='116810'>interpreter</span> <span m='117248'>you</span> <span m='117686'>need</span> <span m='118124'>to</span> <span m='118562'>be</span> <span m='119440'>perfect</span> <span m='119720'>at</span> <span m='120060'>your</span> <span m='120400'>native</span> <span m='120660'>language.</span> <span m='121250'>And</span> <span m='122200'>since</span> <span m='122490'>you've</span> <span m='122600'>lived</span> <span m='122890'>here,</span> <span m='123110'>then</span> <span m='123420'>I</span> <span m='123700'>assume</span> <span m='124010'>you</span> <span m='124350'>speak</span> <span m='124660'>English</span> <span m='125026'>as</span> <span m='125392'>well.</span> <span m='125760'>So</span> <span m='126230'>that's</span> <span m='126530'>the main thing,</span> <span m='126950'>maintain</span> <span m='127220'>your</span> <span m='127490'>native</span> <span m='127790'>language.</span> </p>","file":{"id":305227,"video_id":"2785940255001","name":"1366-Eduard-p-RussianInterpreter","duration":128777,"thumbnail_url":null}});