So you want to be an interpreter...

First of all, congratulations, and it's about time. Being an interpreter has got to be the easiest job out there, and if you've ever studied a foreign language for any amount of time, you can become an interpreter, no problem.

First of all, what to interpreters do? All they do is listen to something somebody says and then repeat it in another language. How simple is that? As long as you took some high school Spanish, you're set.

"What about experience or education?", you ask.

That's just another lie that greedy interpreters try to keep perpetuating to people like you. C'mon, how hard can it be to speak a language? Do they really expect you to believe that you have to go to school to learn how to repeat something somebody says in another language? I mean, you learned Spanish on your two-week Spring break trip to Cancun and that was without even trying.

Plus, interpreting isn't even hard work. Have you ever seen an interpreter working? All they do is sit down in an air-conditioned booth drinking water and wait for someone to say something so they can just repeat it. Hey, I saw The Interpreter. I know all about it.

Half the time the interpreter is working with someone, too. What's that for, in case they get too tired talking? Give me a break. Maybe they should try standing at the cash register all day at McDonald's. Now that's hard work.

Besides from interpreting not being hard work at all, it's not like what interpreters do is all that important either. They're either interpreting for some old long-winded world leader that doesn't have anything important to say or somebody who's on trial for something. It doesn't really matter whether you do any good or not because it doesn't really mean that much in the end.

So what does this all mean? Well, it means that if you want to be an interpreter, all you need to do is take a few classes in a foreign language and you'll be able to interpret with the rest of them.

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