The NAJIT Observer is a volunteer initiative. Many of our contributors and hands-on staff are being directly impacted by both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Our hearts and prayers go out to all victims of the hurricanes - actual and projected. Be safe. Take care of...

No, NAJIT has not gone into the dictionary business. We are just trying to make things clear so folks know what they mean exactly when they use a word like "translator," or "interpreter." We are providing definitions that will, we hope, help those who need our...

If you have ever taken a class on interpreting, you know the drill: We listen not for words, but ideas. We don’t write everything; we take notes on key words. And yet, even though we may have heard this from multiple teachers, it seems that...

Do not give advice freely, even if you think it would be helpful, unless you are specifically asked for it.  It is far better to just lend an ear. Most people just need a sounding board to express their thoughts and come to a decision...