Department of Human Services

Recognising our interpreting and translating professionals

2020-09-30

Today we recognise and celebrate our 350+ interpreters and translators from the Interpreting and Translating Centre (ITC).

Each year on 30 September is the UN’s International Translation Day — an opportunity to pay tribute to the work of language professionals. In South Australia, ITC interpreters and translators work in the community every day to facilitate conversations and exchanges in more than 110 languages. They work in locations such as hospitals and courts, as well as providing telephone services.

To commemorate the day, we spoke with four of our many wonderful ITC interpreters, who shared with us why language translation is so important to them.

Yin – Mandarin Chinese interpreter

“It’s rewarding being able to help people in need. Language translation is vitally important to our vast multi-cultural society and to every individual’s day to day life.”

Jolanta (Jo) Polish interpreter 

“The realisation of how important and useful language translation is to others, including elderly people who greatly appreciate and benefit from the assistance, is the most rewarding part of my role. Translation makes important information transparent and explanatory, especially in cases of important medical or legal matters.”

Teo – Italian/Italian dialects interpreter 

“It’s rewarding to be part of the solution and to deliver the information clients need, in addition to providing clients the opportunity to truly express themselves in their own language and become full and active members of the wider community. Translation opens up a whole new world of idea, thought and culture – a different way of expression and presentation.”

Trai – Vietnamese interpreter 

“Language translation is so important as it removes the language barrier between those whose main language is either English or Vietnamese. It’s been rewarding to also have the opportunity to learn from many other professions as part of my role.”

Learn more about the Interpreting and Translating Centre and its services.

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