Interpreters – are individuals who facilitate the cross-cultural communication in today’s society by speaking words and concepts from one language into another. More than merely “translating” or giving the significance of a word, they must often convey ideas with a thorough understanding of the subject matter in which they work. They must fully communicate between languages while considering the cultural aspects associated with their language of expertise.
Some of the skills required to be an interpreter involve an extensive vocabulary, knowledge of cultural and idiomatic expressions, and possession of an excellent memory. At times interpreting can be very demanding. Interpreters must be able to handle stressful situations, and sometimes hostile environments.