Interpreting is Mental

Interpreting is Mental

Often, after an especially fast or difficult sermon, someone asks the ASL interpreter, “Are your hands tired?” My answer is almost always the same, “No, but my brain is exhausted.” ASL interpreting involves communication between two different languages (in America, ASL and English) and between two different types of languages (visual and spoken). God made our brains to be able to adapt to new situations. Can you “interpret” and understand this message? Have fun!

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I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a pboerlm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! (Source unknown.)

Also, ASL fingerspelling can be more easily understood by reading the first and last letters, looking at the length of the word, and considering the context in which it was spelled.

If you understood the two paragraphs above, maybe you are a better interpreter than you thought! Even though signing skills are important, interpreting happens mostly in the brain!

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