8 Tips for Speaking with your Interpreter

  1. Relax – Using an interpreter is not meant to be difficult.
  2. Allow the interpreter to guide you in setting up the room/situation to maximize communication.
  3. Speak Naturally – not too fast, not too slow.
  4. Maintain eye contact with the Deaf/Hard of Hearing client.
  5. Do not say things that you do not want to be interpreted. The interpreter ethically must interpret everything they hear.
  6. Only one person should speak at a time. This will reduce confusion and lost information.
  7. Don’t ask personal questions regarding the Deaf/Hard of Hearing client. Ask the client directly.
  8. Consider interpreters a part of the team.

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