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JAPANESE INTERPRETER/TRANSLATOR: I Work In The Automotive Industry A Lot

About this video 

Izumi is a Japanese language interpreter and translator. Not only is she certified to work in the courts, but because she lives in Detroit, she uses her Japanese language skills in the automotive industry. Izumi talks about what sort of vocabulary she needs to know to work in the automotive field, and she shares how she went from being a ballerina to an interpreter. Izumi provides helpful advice for those considering going into the fields of interpretation or translation.

Job Title: Japanese 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
Office, Remote, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, People skills, Public speaking ability

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m='18000'>manufacturing,</span> <span m='19010'>engineering,</span> <span m='19460'>and</span> <span m='19910'>so on.</span> </p><p><span m='20770'>What</span> <span m='21255'>language?</span> </p><p><span m='21740'>Japanese.</span> <span m='22710'>Well,</span> <span m='24165'>I</span> <span m='24650'>travel</span> <span m='25135'>a lot.</span> <span m='26105'>And</span> <span m='27570'>I</span> <span m='28040'>do</span> <span m='28510'>conference</span> <span m='28970'>interpreting,</span> <span m='29660'>and</span> <span m='30230'>I</span> <span m='30560'>go</span> <span m='31030'>to</span> <span m='31220'>court.</span> <span m='32290'>The</span> <span m='32439'>last</span> <span m='32840'>two</span> <span m='33030'>years,</span> <span m='33510'>I</span> <span m='33640'>have</span> <span m='33850'>been</span> <span m='34040'>working</span> <span m='34500'>a</span> <span m='34590'>lot</span> <span m='34990'>with</span> <span m='35440'>antitrust</span> <span m='36160'>violation</span> <span m='36900'>cases.</span> <span m='38263'>This</span> <span m='38756'>involves</span> <span m='39742'>lots</span> <span m='40235'>of</span> <span m='40728'>Japanese</span> <span m='41714'>automotive</span> <span m='42207'>part</span> <span m='42700'>companies.</span> <span m='44190'>So</span> <span m='44480'>you</span> <span m='44620'>need</span> <span m='45040'>automotive</span> <span m='45650'>vocabulary</span> <span m='46530'>as</span> <span m='46770'>well</span> <span m='46990'>as</span> <span m='47330'>legal</span> <span m='48290'>terminology.</span> <span m='49543'>And</span> <span m='50489'>I</span> <span m='50962'>enjoy</span> <span m='51435'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='52381'>I was</span> <span m='52854'>a ballet</span> <span m='53327'>dancer</span> <span m='54280'>in Japan.</span> <span m='54660'>I was</span> <span m='54720'>with</span> <span m='55160'>Tokyo</span> <span m='55430'>Ballet</span> <span m='55820'>Company.</span> <span m='56970'>And</span> <span m='57500'>at</span> <span m='57700'>one</span> <span m='57960'>point</span> <span m='58440'>I</span> <span m='58550'>thought,</span> <span m='59630'>this,</span> <span m='60260'>I</span> <span m='60340'>can not</span> <span m='60580'>live</span> <span m='60720'>on</span> <span m='61220'>dancing.</span> <span m='62420'>And</span> <span m='62670'>rather</span> <span m='63020'>than</span> <span m='63250'>teaching,</span> <span m='63530'>I</span> <span m='64069'>wanted</span> <span m='64530'>to</span> <span m='64980'>explore</span> <span m='65780'>some</span> <span m='66060'>other</span> <span m='66920'>things.</span> </p><p><span m='67780'>And</span> <span m='68440'>I</span> <span m='69130'>met</span> <span m='69450'>a</span> <span m='70080'>wonderful</span> <span m='70640'>simultaneous</span> <span m='70960'>interpreter.</span> <span m='72730'>And</span> <span m='73190'>he</span> <span m='73990'>guided</span> <span m='74540'>me</span> <span m='74810'>and</span> <span m='75240'>taught</span> <span m='75590'>me.</span> <span m='76410'>And</span> <span m='76800'>became</span> <span m='77070'>a</span> <span m='77360'>simultaneous</span> <span m='77780'>interpreter</span> <span m='78870'>in</span> <span m='79050'>Japan.</span> <span m='80036'>And</span> <span m='80830'>then</span> <span m='81230'>I</span> <span m='81300'>got</span> <span m='81580'>married,</span> <span m='82070'>and</span> <span m='82240'>came</span> <span m='82515'>over</span> <span m='82790'>to</span> <span m='83220'>the</span> <span m='83320'>US.</span> </p><p><span m='84290'>And</span> <span m='86370'>while</span> <span m='86820'>I</span> <span m='87030'>was</span> <span m='87300'>raising</span> <span m='87810'>children,</span> <span m='88110'>I</span> <span m='88520'>did</span> <span m='88890'>translation.</span> <span m='90220'>And</span> <span m='91280'>after</span> <span m='91550'>they</span> <span m='91720'>got</span> <span m='92914'>big</span> <span m='93406'>enough,</span> <span m='93900'>then</span> <span m='94510'>I</span> <span m='94660'>went</span> <span m='94970'>back</span> <span m='95300'>to</span> <span m='95600'>interpreting.</span> <span m='97220'>And</span> <span m='97890'>to this</span> <span m='98020'>day,</span> <span m='98540'>I</span> <span m='98710'>have</span> <span m='98890'>been.</span> <span m='99730'>My</span> <span m='100170'>company</span> <span m='101920'>has</span> <span m='102270'>been</span> <span m='103470'>around</span> <span m='103810'>for</span> <span m='104670'>30</span> <span m='104900'>years</span> <span m='105360'>now.</span> <span m='105970'>Next</span> <span m='106467'>year</span> <span m='106964'>it</span> <span m='107461'>will</span> <span m='107709'>be</span> <span m='107958'>30</span> <span m='108455'>years.</span> </p><p><span m='109450'>In</span> <span m='109930'>the</span> <span m='110020'>beginning,</span> <span m='110660'>I</span> <span m='110760'>didn't</span> <span m='111300'>know</span> <span m='112120'>that</span> <span m='112350'>interpreting</span> <span m='113480'>is</span> <span m='114670'>really</span> <span m='115170'>a</span> <span m='115670'>bridge,</span> <span m='117170'>culturally</span> <span m='118670'>and</span> <span m='119170'>linguistically.</span> <span m='120670'>And</span> <span m='121800'>you</span> <span m='122150'>can</span> <span m='122830'>really</span> <span m='124303'>help</span> <span m='124786'>people,</span> <span m='125730'>being</span> <span m='126190'>a</span> <span m='126250'>bridge.</span> <span m='127660'>And</span> <span m='127990'>it</span> <span m='128320'>is--</span> <span m='130000'>I</span> <span m='130220'>feel</span> <span m='130960'>very</span> <span m='131440'>fortunate</span> <span m='132390'>that</span> <span m='132580'>I</span> <span m='132740'>found</span> <span m='133410'>this</span> <span m='133640'>job</span> <span m='134430'>that</span> <span m='134926'>is</span> <span m='135920'>naturally--</span> <span m='139094'>how do</span> <span m='139550'>you</span> <span m='140010'>say--</span> <span m='140780'>it's</span> <span m='141630'>natural</span> <span m='142200'>to</span> <span m='142510'>me.</span> <span m='143120'>And</span> <span m='143650'>still</span> <span m='144250'>I</span> <span m='144430'>can</span> <span m='144690'>contribute</span> <span m='145490'>to</span> <span m='145800'>the</span> <span m='146183'>community</span> <span m='146950'>through</span> <span m='147980'>what</span> <span m='148200'>I</span> <span m='148390'>like.</span> </p><p><span m='149480'>If</span> <span m='149610'>you're</span> <span m='149960'>already</span> <span m='150420'>bilingual,</span> <span m='151540'>then</span> <span m='152570'>you</span> <span m='152910'>need</span> <span m='153210'>to</span> <span m='153510'>focus</span> <span m='154100'>on</span> <span m='154990'>what</span> <span m='155810'>field</span> <span m='156280'>that</span> <span m='156580'>want</span> <span m='157010'>to</span> <span m='157190'>work</span> <span m='157550'>on.</span> <span m='158010'>If</span> <span m='158170'>you</span> <span m='158430'>like</span> <span m='159090'>medical</span> <span m='159720'>things,</span> <span m='160610'>then</span> <span m='161570'>you</span> <span m='161750'>would</span> <span m='163914'>study</span> <span m='165530'>medical--</span> <span m='166700'>you</span> <span m='167300'>get</span> <span m='167600'>specialization.</span> <span m='168695'>That's</span> <span m='169000'>where</span> <span m='169462'>you can</span> <span m='170386'>get</span> <span m='170848'>into</span> <span m='171310'>deep.</span> <span m='172700'>And</span> <span m='173440'>if</span> <span m='173810'>you</span> <span m='174160'>like</span> <span m='174320'>engineering,</span> <span m='175850'>then</span> <span m='176270'>you</span> <span m='176610'>study</span> <span m='177180'>engineering</span> <span m='177370'>besides</span> <span m='177786'>bilinguality.</span> </p><p><span m='180190'>And</span> <span m='180750'>so</span> <span m='181820'>just</span> <span m='182410'>knowing</span> <span m='182610'>two</span> <span m='182910'>languages</span> <span m='184640'>is</span> <span m='185080'>not</span> <span m='185380'>enough.</span> <span m='185680'>Then,</span> <span m='186130'>of</span> <span m='186350'>course,</span> <span m='186710'>you</span> <span m='186820'>need</span> <span m='187070'>to</span> <span m='187200'>study</span> <span m='188470'>how</span> <span m='188710'>to</span> <span m='188890'>interpret,</span> <span m='189860'>and</span> <span m='190030'>how</span> <span m='190240'>to</span> <span m='190470'>translate.</span> <span m='191480'>There are</span> <span m='191760'>more</span> <span m='192170'>and</span> <span m='192320'>more</span> <span m='192650'>universities</span> <span m='193558'>that</span> <span m='193996'>teach</span> <span m='194434'>that.</span> <span m='195700'>So</span> <span m='196000'>you can</span> <span 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