25 Jul The Couch: We know better because…
The Couch is a place to exchange ideas and brainstorm, not only for its contributors but also for our readers who engage in the ensuing discussions. Sometimes, you may not agree with what an interpreting department in another state says is the right way. Thank you to this week’s contributor for the Couch idea.
You are working remotely for a state other than your own for a dependency and neglect hearing. That state’s office prescribes you a deemed proper equivalent for dependency and neglect in your working language, whose broad and literal English translation could be: “Treating a person or an animal with cruelty, harshness, or thoughtlessness, or failing to provide needed care [maltrato], and omission, negligence, and lack of care [descuido].” But in your own state, the English name for the hearing is different: DNA cases, or dependency, neglect, and abuse cases. You are accustomed to using your own equivalent for this term in your home state, and so in the state for which you are working remotely, you are inclined to use a term whose rough definition in English could be: “Situation in which a person is unable to care for him/herself [dependencia] and omission, negligence, and lack of care [descuido].” But you are told by the supervising interpreter from outside your home state that they selected the word maltrato, “Treating a person or an animal with cruelty, harshness, or thoughtlessness, or failing to provide needed care” rather than abuso, “To deal improperly with a person of lesser experience, strength, or authority” because, says the head interpreter, maltrato is a broader term than abuso. In any case, neither maltrato nor abuso properly convey the idea of dependency and neglect.
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