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