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I have a B.A in English. I would like to become an interpreter. Any suggestions?

My mother tongue is Bengali which is spoken in Kolkata, India. I can speak and write English and Hindi. I am a beginner and I would be grateful for suggestions as to how to become an interpreter. For instance, is Chinese a good additional language to learn or which other language would you suggest?

Edit: There are two variations of interpreting: conference/simultaneous interpreting and consecutive/liaison interpreting. I would be grateful if you could point out which will have greatest demand in future as well as generates good earnings. Is freelancing also a good option for big earnings?Thank you

asked 26 Aug '14, 07:05

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edited 28 Aug '14, 04:59

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Hi Rohan, what is your mother tongue? What other languages do you speak or understand?

(26 Aug '14, 08:07) Andy

MY mother tongue is bengali which is speaken in kolkata,India.I can speak and write in English and Hindi.I am a beginner so pls suggest me which way will be best in Interpreter world.Will chinese be the most preferable language to learn or suggest me which language i must learn for good future.Thank you

(26 Aug '14, 13:56) rohan

There are two variation of interpreter conference/simultaneous interpreting and consecutive/liaison interpreting.I would be greatful if u suugest me among this which will have great demand in future as well as have good earnings.Thank you

(27 Aug '14, 05:00) rohan

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answered 26 Aug '14, 07:17

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edited 26 Aug '14, 07:18

MY mother tongue is bengali which is speaken in kolkata,India.I can speak and write in English and Hindi.I am a beginner so pls suggest me which way will be best in Interpreter world.Will chinese be the most preferable language to learn or suggest me which language i must learn for good future.Thank you

(26 Aug '14, 13:58) rohan

MY mother tongue is bengali which is speaken in kolkata,India.I can speak and write in English and Hindi.I am a beginner so pls suggest me which way will be best in Interpreter world.Will chinese be the most preferable language to learn or suggest me which language i must learn for good future.Thank you

(27 Aug '14, 04:20) rohan

There are two variation of interpreter conference/simultaneous interpreting and consecutive/liaison interpreting.I would be greatful if u suugest me among this which will have great demand in future as well as have good earnings.Thank you

(27 Aug '14, 05:00) rohan

Hi Rohan,

If Bengali is your best language then you should investigate the interpreting market for different languages into and out of Bengali. For example English-Bengali. But this may be a non-existent market, at least for conference interpreting given how many Indians speak good English. If there is a market for this combination I would think it is for liaison interpreting. (NB liaison interpreting can also be simultaneous, with whispered without equipment or with portable equipment like this alt text)

Bengali-Chinese is an option, but Chinese is an awful lot of work to learn (5-10 years) and I fear that when Chinese visitors come to a place where Bengali is spoken they will most likely work through English, with or without an interpreter. So Chinese would be spoken, interpreted into English and then another interpreter would interpret English into Bengali. (Or English-speaking Indians do without the second interpreter :( )

If your English is also (educated) mother-tongue standard then you have more options. The Indian Parliament uses interpreters (mostly between Hindi and English - have a look at this page) but it looks like the other languages are used rarely and they didn't include Bengali when this document was written (2004).

And there's an interpreting market into and out of English from almost any major language. French, German, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, to name but a few. You can take your pick.

Other than that Gaspar has pointed you in the right direction re. reading matter.

Good luck

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If you are looking for big earnings, conference interpreting may not be the right profession for you. Consider a career in finance, management, or corporate law instead.

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