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INDIAN LANGUAGES INTERPRETER: There's No Pending Work, When A Person Stops Talking You're Free

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Kuldeep shares his story with PathSource about being an on-call Indian languages court interpreter. He interprets in four languages: Punjabi, Hindi, Urdi and English. Kuldeep talks about what it's like to work in the courts and presents a realistic view of how the criminal justice system works in California, saying that the majority of cases are decided by plea bargains. Kuldeep also shares his story about how he discovered the field of interpreting and provides compelling reasons as to why the field of interpreting is a good one to get into.

Degree: Law - Master in English
Job Title: Indian Languages 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='14880'>10</span> <span m='15130'>minutes,</span> <span m='15470'>15</span> <span m='15880'>minutes,</span> <span m='16280'>sometimes</span> <span m='16780'>half</span> <span m='17030'>an</span> <span m='17180'>hour</span> <span m='17270'>or</span> <span m='17670'>so.</span> <span m='18555'>But</span> <span m='19000'>only</span> <span m='19890'>very</span> <span m='20250'>rare,</span> <span m='20770'>because</span> <span m='21040'>in</span> <span m='21240'>California</span> <span m='21860'>we</span> <span m='22030'>are</span> <span m='22120'>not</span> <span m='22340'>getting</span> <span m='22770'>much</span> <span m='23240'>trials.</span> </p><p><span m='24040'>I</span> <span m='24410'>would</span> <span m='24630'>say</span> <span m='25420'>only</span> <span m='25730'>2%</span> <span m='26220'>of</span> <span m='26680'>cases</span> <span m='27100'>go</span> <span m='27340'>for</span> <span m='27590'>trial.</span> <span m='28055'>So</span> <span m='29630'>I</span> <span m='30320'>don't</span> <span m='30560'>hesitate</span> <span m='31060'>to</span> <span m='31160'>say</span> <span m='31450'>that</span> <span m='31750'>neither</span> <span m='32130'>attorneys</span> <span m='32689'>nor</span> <span m='32830'>the</span> <span m='33200'>judges</span> <span m='33750'>are</span> <span m='33860'>doing</span> <span m='34225'>it.</span> <span m='34590'>Their</span> <span m='34740'>jobs,</span> <span m='35310'>they</span> <span m='35500'>are</span> <span m='36470'>just</span> <span m='37070'>getting</span> <span m='37860'>pleas</span> <span m='38280'>from</span> <span m='38490'>the</span> <span m='38600'>people.</span> <span m='39810'>So</span> <span m='40610'>if</span> <span m='40830'>there</span> <span m='41060'>is</span> <span m='41160'>a</span> <span m='41640'>jury</span> <span m='41920'>trial,</span> <span m='42420'>then</span> <span m='43050'>it's</span> <span m='43310'>a</span> <span m='43370'>busy</span> <span m='43760'>day</span> <span m='44220'>and</span> <span m='46210'>tiresome.</span> </p><p><span m='47060'>Before</span> <span m='47450'>coming</span> <span m='47750'>to</span> <span m='47860'>this</span> <span m='48090'>country,</span> <span m='48770'>I</span> <span m='49120'>was</span> <span m='49380'>working</span> <span m='49880'>as</span> <span m='50070'>an</span> <span m='50892'>advocate--</span> <span m='52660'>we</span> <span m='52920'>call</span> <span m='53150'>attorney</span> <span m='53515'>in</span> <span m='53880'>this country.</span> <span m='55030'>So</span> <span m='55830'>then</span> <span m='56010'>I</span> <span m='56240'>arrived</span> <span m='56510'>here.</span> <span m='57050'>I</span> <span m='57200'>was</span> <span m='57390'>looking</span> <span m='57840'>for</span> <span m='59290'>something</span> <span m='60550'>to</span> <span m='62350'>support</span> <span m='62830'>myself.</span> </p><p><span m='64090'>I</span> <span m='64230'>came</span> <span m='64550'>across</span> <span m='65040'>a</span> <span m='65099'>guy</span> <span m='65530'>who</span> <span m='66030'>was</span> <span m='66460'>interviewed</span> <span m='66780'>in</span> <span m='67100'>asylum</span> <span m='67550'>office.</span> <span m='68000'>He</span> <span m='68270'>asked</span> <span m='68700'>me</span> <span m='68850'>to</span> <span m='69050'>accompany</span> <span m='69710'>him</span> <span m='69980'>to</span> <span m='70090'>get</span> <span m='70320'>his</span> <span m='70580'>result.</span> <span m='71750'>When</span> <span m='72060'>I</span> <span m='72270'>went</span> <span m='72480'>to</span> <span m='72570'>the</span> <span m='72660'>asylum</span> <span m='73110'>office,</span> <span m='74380'>there</span> <span m='74640'>were</span> <span m='74800'>a</span> <span m='74890'>lot</span> <span m='75060'>of</span> <span m='75150'>people.</span> <span m='75690'>So</span> <span m='76020'>they</span> <span m='76240'>were</span> <span m='76630'>talking</span> <span m='77020'>to</span> <span m='77170'>me</span> <span m='77460'>as</span> <span m='77670'>if</span> <span m='77900'>I</span> <span m='81360'>work</span> <span m='81740'>with</span> <span m='83120'>the</span> <span m='83260'>system.</span> <span m='84560'>And</span> <span m='85690'>at</span> <span m='85890'>that</span> <span m='86060'>moment</span> <span m='86420'>I</span> <span m='86610'>realized</span> <span m='87540'>that</span> <span m='87770'>there</span> <span m='87990'>is a</span> <span m='88810'>great</span> <span m='89190'>hope</span> <span m='89950'>that</span> <span m='90170'>I</span> <span m='90360'>could</span> <span m='90570'>be</span> <span m='90850'>a</span> <span m='91130'>translator</span> <span m='91385'>or</span> <span m='91640'>interpreter</span> <span m='92020'>in</span> <span m='92400'>this</span> <span m='92850'>country.</span> </p><p><span m='93750'>I</span> <span m='94010'>would</span> <span m='94210'>say</span> <span m='94680'>if</span> <span m='95380'>you</span> <span m='95940'>need</span> <span m='96510'>more</span> <span m='96830'>time</span> <span m='97310'>for</span> <span m='97770'>your</span> <span m='98070'>other</span> <span m='98400'>activities,</span> <span m='99170'>it's</span> <span m='99410'>a</span> <span m='99460'>very</span> <span m='99760'>good</span> <span m='100000'>profession,</span> <span m='100752'>a</span> <span m='101130'>very</span> <span m='101580'>rewarding</span> <span m='102100'>profession.</span> <span m='103540'>So</span> <span m='103780'>if</span> <span m='104020'>there</span> <span m='104240'>is</span> <span m='104380'>no</span> <span m='104670'>pending</span> <span m='105240'>work,</span> <span m='106000'>that</span> <span m='106260'>person</span> <span m='106650'>stops</span> <span m='107340'>talking,</span> <span m='108780'>he</span> <span m='108960'>closes</span> <span m='109360'>his</span> <span m='109640'>lips,</span> <span m='110250'>you</span> <span m='110430'>are</span> <span m='110530'>free--</span> <span m='111810'>so</span> <span m='112190'>no</span> <span m='112460'>pending,</span> <span m='113050'>no</span> <span m='113300'>headache.</span> <span m='114570'>So</span> <span m='117760'>you</span> <span m='117950'>go</span> <span m='118140'>to</span> <span m='118280'>different</span> <span m='119150'>places--</span> <span m='120330'>you</span> <span m='120590'>will</span> <span m='120770'>be</span> <span m='121230'>in</span> <span m='121440'>civil</span> <span m='121900'>court,</span> <span m='122300'>you</span> <span m='122420'>will be</span> <span m='122650'>in</span> <span m='122840'>criminal</span> <span m='123390'>court,</span> <span m='123750'>federal</span> <span m='124250'>court,</span> <span m='125160'>every</span> <span m='125440'>kind</span> <span m='125760'>of</span> <span m='125940'>court</span> <span m='126430'>administrative</span> <span m='127360'>hearing.</span> <span m='128169'>So</span> <span m='128580'>you</span> <span m='128800'>get</span> <span m='128949'>a</span> <span m='129169'>lot</span> <span m='129570'>of</span> <span m='129759'>experience</span> <span m='130440'>in</span> <span m='130550'>that</span> <span m='130850'>way.</span> </p>","file":{"id":304870,"video_id":"2785940221001","name":"1371-Kuldeep-p-IndianLanguageInterpreter","duration":131913,"thumbnail_url":null}});