This workshop will explore the common mistakes made by medical interpreters during interpretation. Using four years of data from Liberty Language Services, we will evaluate case studies in which an interpreter's behavior caused their client to complain. This walk-through will serve to help interpreters to not only identify, but also avoid behaviors that negatively affect the interpreting experience. An analysis of these mistakes will be a discussion about the ways in which the code of ethics was violated by the interpreter. A small portion at the end of the workshop will be set aside for questions from the interpreters in the audience about their own experiences.


  • Identify and avoid the most common mistakes during interpretation.

  • Recognize and differentiate between the different roles of the interpreter.

  • Learn how to improve the overall quality of the interpreting experience.    

Avoiding Common Mistakes in Medical Interpreting