Can the average person hold a fluent conversation in 200 languages with just a few minutes of preparation? Yes, according to a new book published this week, “Telephone Interpreting: A Comprehensive Guide to the Profession.” The 302-page publication, written by Common Sense Advisory analyst Nataly Kelly, describes the growing importance of remote phone-based interpretation.
"People are usually amazed to learn that this service exists,” said Kelly. “After dialing a provider, they can be conversing through an interpreter in one of hundreds of languages in less than a minute."
The book has garnered praise from leading university professors and industry gurus. Don DePalma, Chief Research Officer at Common Sense Advisory, pointed out, “Technology is a democratizing force when it comes to language services, and telephone interpreting is a prime example of this phenomenon.” He added, “Kelly’s book brings insightful information on remote interpreting to the masses.”
Kelly will be signing copies of the book at the International Medical Interpreters Association annual conference. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Friday, October 10, 2008.