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RUSSIAN INTERPRETER, IN-DEPTH: The Best Part Of My Profession Is That I Don't Bring It Home

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Eduard goes in-depth with his story of being a Russian language court interpreter in California. He shares what he likes most about his job and advises how one can can develop interpreting skills. He also talks about one of the key skills he learned from being an interpreter.

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
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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
Indoor, Office, Remote
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Public speaking ability, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, People skills

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<span m='14630'>defendants,</span> <span m='15580'>different</span> <span m='16530'>trials,</span> <span m='17480'>criminal,</span> <span m='18430'>civil.</span> <span m='19380'>That's</span> <span m='19580'>what</span> <span m='19760'>I</span> <span m='19780'>like.</span> <span m='20200'>I</span> <span m='20280'>like</span> <span m='20570'>that</span> <span m='20780'>kind</span> <span m='21000'>of</span> <span m='21080'>challenge,</span> <span m='21590'>where</span> <span m='21730'>you</span> <span m='21950'>don't</span> <span m='23020'>really</span> <span m='23850'>know--</span> <span m='24310'>well,</span> <span m='24640'>you</span> <span m='24750'>know</span> <span m='25080'>a</span> <span m='25110'>little</span> <span m='25420'>bit,</span> <span m='25865'>but</span> <span m='26310'>you</span> <span m='26550'>never</span> <span m='26810'>know</span> <span m='27090'>well</span> <span m='27370'>in</span> <span m='27500'>advance</span> <span m='28060'>what</span> <span m='28330'>you're</span> <span m='28480'>going</span> <span m='28710'>to</span> <span m='28820'>do</span> <span m='29180'>the next</span> <span m='29535'>day.</span> <span m='29890'>So</span> <span m='30160'>that's</span> <span m='30400'>what</span> <span m='30840'>I like.</span> </p><p><span m='31280'>The</span> <span m='31420'>biggest</span> <span m='31900'>challenge,</span> <span m='33940'>I</span> <span m='34050'>think</span> <span m='35024'>simultaneous</span> <span m='36485'>interpretation</span> <span m='36972'>is</span> <span m='37459'>the</span> <span m='37946'>biggest</span> <span m='38433'>challenge.</span> <span m='39410'>Maybe</span> <span m='39850'>not</span> <span m='40110'>for</span> <span m='40190'>me</span> <span m='40330'>personally,</span> <span m='41010'>but</span> <span m='41330'>I</span> <span m='41767'>know</span> <span m='42204'>for</span> <span m='42641'>other</span> <span m='43080'>interpreters.</span> <span m='43330'>For</span> <span m='43630'>me</span> <span m='43800'>personally,</span> <span m='48810'>I</span> <span m='49010'>don't</span> <span m='49190'>know.</span> <span m='49600'>I</span> <span m='49740'>don't</span> <span m='49980'>think</span> <span m='50240'>I</span> <span m='50290'>face</span> <span m='50600'>any</span> <span m='51003'>challenges.</span> </p><p><span m='52810'>A key</span> <span m='53180'>step was</span> <span m='53260'>to</span> <span m='53660'>go to</span> <span m='54000'>school</span> <span m='55160'>and</span> <span m='55830'>graduate</span> <span m='56536'>from</span> <span m='56890'>the</span> <span m='57285'>Monterey</span> <span m='57680'>Institute</span> <span m='58176'>of</span> <span m='58672'>International</span> <span m='59168'>Studies.</span> <span m='59664'>Although</span> <span m='60656'>that's</span> <span m='61152'>not</span> <span m='61648'>a</span> <span m='62144'>prerequisite</span> <span m='62640'>for</span> <span m='63136'>you</span> <span m='63632'>for becoming</span> <span m='64128'>a</span> <span m='64624'>interpreter.</span> <span m='65120'>You could</span> <span m='65616'>just develop</span> <span m='66112'>your own</span> <span m='66608'>skills.</span> <span m='67110'>There are</span> <span m='67540'>many</span> <span m='67770'>materials</span> <span m='68440'>available</span> <span m='68890'>online,</span> <span m='69690'>in</span> <span m='70000'>the</span> <span m='70170'>libraries,</span> <span m='73220'>but</span> <span m='73684'>for</span> <span m='74520'>me</span> <span m='74680'>that</span> <span m='74870'>was</span> <span m='75600'>the</span> <span m='75985'>Monterey</span> <span m='76470'>Institute.</span> </p><p><span m='77140'>Well,</span> <span m='77360'>not</span> <span m='77560'>in</span> <span m='77660'>Sacramento.</span> <span m='78860'>Sacramento</span> <span m='79630'>is</span> <span m='79850'>considered</span> <span m='80440'>one</span> <span m='80680'>of</span> <span m='80850'>the</span> <span m='81100'>unofficial</span> <span m='81410'>Russian</span> <span m='81830'>capitals</span> <span m='82730'>of</span> <span m='83180'>the</span> <span m='83630'>US,</span> <span m='84530'>because</span> <span m='84980'>there</span> <span m='85335'>are</span> <span m='85690'>over</span> <span m='86000'>100,000</span> <span m='87620'>Russian/Ukranian</span> <span m='89030'>speaking</span> <span m='89570'>people</span> <span m='89930'>that</span> <span m='90120'>live</span> <span m='90340'>in</span> <span m='90420'>that</span> <span m='90620'>particular</span> <span m='91150'>area.</span> <span m='91840'>So</span> <span m='93776'>there</span> <span m='94260'>is</span> <span m='94744'>enough</span> <span m='95228'>work.</span> <span m='96196'>There</span> <span m='96680'>is court</span> <span m='97164'>work.</span> <span m='97648'>There are</span> <span m='98132'>depositions,</span> <span m='99100'>medical</span> <span m='99584'>interpreting.</span> <span m='101130'>I</span> <span m='101280'>think</span> <span m='101990'>you</span> <span m='102160'>can</span> <span m='102270'>find</span> <span m='102460'>a</span> <span m='102550'>job</span> <span m='102970'>at least</span> <span m='103270'>in</span> <span m='103680'>the</span> <span m='104090'>Sacramento</span> <span m='104500'>area.</span> </p><p><span m='104910'>The</span> <span m='105010'>best</span> <span m='105340'>part</span> <span m='105580'>about</span> <span m='105880'>my</span> <span m='106000'>profession</span> <span m='106590'>is</span> <span m='106740'>that</span> <span m='107010'>I</span> <span m='107140'>don't</span> <span m='107560'>bring</span> <span m='108060'>work</span> <span m='108540'>home</span> <span m='109650'>unless</span> <span m='110010'>it's a</span> <span m='110180'>written</span> <span m='110560'>translation,</span> <span m='110970'>then</span> <span m='111380'>yes.</span> <span m='112080'>But</span> <span m='112810'>once</span> <span m='113100'>I'm</span> <span m='113320'>done</span> <span m='114730'>being</span> <span m='114950'>a</span> <span m='115030'>professional</span> <span m='115520'>interpreter,</span> <span m='116730'>I</span> <span m='116840'>have</span> <span m='117050'>learned</span> <span m='117420'>to</span> <span m='118260'>separate</span> <span m='118820'>myself</span> <span m='119560'>from</span> <span m='119710'>my</span> <span m='119860'>work.</span> <span m='120650'>We</span> <span m='121100'>interpret</span> <span m='122410'>a lot</span> <span m='122600'>of</span> <span m='123065'>emotional</span> <span m='123530'>things,</span> <span m='125390'>and</span> <span m='125520'>as</span> <span m='125660'>soon as the</span> <span m='125780'>work</span> <span m='126100'>day is</span> <span m='126550'>done,</span> <span m='127185'>I</span> <span m='127450'>leave it</span> <span m='127830'>at</span> <span m='128120'>work.</span> <span m='128509'>I</span> <span m='128970'>go</span> <span m='129431'>home,</span> <span m='129892'>and</span> <span m='130353'>I relax.</span> <span m='130814'>So</span> <span m='131275'>there</span> <span m='131736'>is a complete</span> <span m='132197'>separation</span> <span m='132658'>for me</span> <span m='133440'>of</span> <span m='133760'>work</span> <span m='134080'>life</span> <span m='134380'>and</span> <span m='134680'>home</span> <span m='134980'>life.</span> </p>","file":{"id":305231,"video_id":"2785940248001","name":"1367-Eduard-p-RussianInterpreter2 In-Depth","duration":136232,"thumbnail_url":null}});