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Hello! So I'm in an ITP and in interpreting 2 out of 3, we're about to do more ASL to English and I feel like that is my weakest category. Is there any advice on how to better myself? Love the blog by the way!

I used to feel the exact same way! During my ITP I rocked spoken English to ASL, but for some reason I just couldn’t get the hang of voice interpreting… It took a long time, but all I needed was to surround myself with the right, positive minded people and get over that wall that I had created in my mind. The best advice I can give you was the advice that was given to me.. When you sense yourself struggling to voice for whatever reason just force yourself to “spit that $hit out!” Don’t just look like a deer in the headlights. Whatever signs you see that you know, just voice it out loud. Practice this way and then slowly get into the groove of voice interpreting full messages/concepts.
-Start glossing what you see out loud.
-Take note of what signs/concepts you didn’t understand. Have a peer help you understand them.
-Find common transitional phrases to use during your interpretation.
-Spit that &$@! out.
-Watch 15-30 seconds of the message, pause, and make a sentence or two out of what you remember. (Write it down even)
-Whatever words come out of your mouth, own them like they’re your own words.
Other than that the rest just takes time, more practice, more exposure to signs and signing styles. Hope this helps you out, and good luck!!

Tony S

Just wanted to share that I'm halfway through my terp program! I'm so excited! :)

Yay!!! Keep it up! Let me know of your progress!!

Hi!! Can I still get that shirt that says, don't blame me, I'm just the interpreter? I love it but my order didn't go through.. :(

I never designed a shirt like that one, it must have been from some other organization. Cool shirt idea though! I hope you can find it again :)

When you were a student(especially new into your terp program) did you ever get the moments of "How will I ever be able to do this? How will I be able to understand this language enough or Fingerspelling well enough?!" Did you ever panic and self doubt?

Anonymous

Yes, yes, yes and yes! Lol, I don’t think there’s a person out there that didn’t feel this way. Any one else who says otherwise is full of it! You’ll get there, I promise! Surround yourself with positive minded people and don’t stop practicing!

Alright. I'm three weeks into an ITP. And I'm pretty sure transliterating is an impossibly thing that they tell us to do just to watch our videos and laugh at us at home in their ASL houses. Do you have any words of wisdom?

Anonymous

Sure! It’s not always the easiest, but think of transliteration as signs in English word order. Make sure every word is visually seen on your lips and just do your best. This probably isn’t much for good advice, but keep at it and eventually you will feel more comfortable either with the actual transliteration part of it or the laughing at yourself part ;) jk. It takes practice is all, trust me ;)

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