What is the role of a BSL/English Interpreter? Interpreters facilitate communication between British Sign Language users and hearing people who use spoken English, making sure it is a smooth process.
Interpreters must have excellent knowledge of the two languages and cultures. For example they will receive information in BSL, process its meaning, then interpret it into spoken English.
You may think that sign language Interpreters may look very active with their hands, but in fact most of the work is going on in their heads.
They must listen carefully to, or watch the message, extract the meaning including cultural values, and processing all this is where the real hard work happens.
Here is one of our In-house Interpreters Ryan, presenting some tips to help you work most effectively with a BSL/English Interpreter.