Sunday, May 14, 2006

Interpreter Bloopers

This week in my Deaf Studies class, a couple of funny things happened. The teacher is Deaf, and because of the type of class it is, there are many students who do not know ASL well, so there are two voice interpreters. The first funny blooper came when we were talking about Cochlear Implants. The skull is carved out above one ear, to make room for the implant. This causes the skull to be very fragile, and those with the implant are not allowed to play sports, for fear that spot will get hit.

Well, the interpreter said that not playing sports was “drilled into you by the doctor. Uh…no pun intended.” ROFL!! The room erupted in laughter, and the teacher was left looking puzzled, wondering what in the world he had said that was so funny. :-p

The interpreter explained, the teacher joined our laughter, and we went on. Then the teacher started telling a story. In the story he said to an interpreter, “Don’t interpret this for me…I want to practice using my voice.”

I was so engrossed in the story, and following it just fine in ASL, that I didn’t notice that our interpreter stopped talking! I’m still not sure whether the interpreter realized his goof, the teacher realized, or a student protested, but once again the room erupted in laughter. :-D

On a related note, Wednesday I have my hour long interview test for getting into the interpreter's program. I'm rather nervous because only 25 students are allowed into the program. So getting in or not isn't a matter of me doing well, but of how many others do a little more well.

I am also going to challenge Writing 101 (required for getting into the interp. program), so that I don't have to take it, since it will be just the basics that I already know. I will be doing that, mostly likely, on Tuesday.

I covet your prayers for both things.


purple_kangaroo said...

You're making me miss being in school, LOL. I loved taking college classes.

I'm praying for you on the test and interview.

Wren said...

Will be praying, Amy!!!

GeorgianaD said...

It's already Monday now, so I hope things went well. There's no need for you to be in the Writing 101!

purple_kangaroo said...

Hey are you doing MM today?

Jezreel said...


Chelle Y. said...

I use to interpret for my church, but I did basic English because there was only one little deaf child. I wish I could have learned ASL. Maybe someday I will go back to school.