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I want to become an interpreter. Any ideas?

I am thinking of becoming an interpreter. What language would you learn first? How would you go about learing a new language. Does anyone know what the average salary of an interpreter might be? Any help would be good.

Asked By: donnya - 7/13/2006
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook will help you. Go to http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos175.htm under "Interpreters and translators... More
Answered By: caro - 7/13/2006
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I think it's actually very difficult to get a job like this. A friend of mine was thinking about it.. can't remember what they said.
Answered By: DBADiver - 7/13/2006
 
Most interpreters know more than 2 languages. You'll definitely need to learn Spanish and French, master English if you havent already, and one or two languages from the rest of Europe and Asia couldnt hurt... More
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Answered By: Ozone - 7/13/2006
 
I agree, Spanish and French is a must, but I also highly recommend an Asian language such as Chinese or Japanese. You may want to research what companies are really up and coming powers such as China or India. If you go into Chinese, Mandarin is spoken by more Chinese than any other dialect (mostly because it's the... More
Answered By: dougzinboston - 7/13/2006
 
Obviously you need to learn at least 2 languages, and you apparently already speak English. Here are some guesses at where there might be current and future demand for translators... More
Answered By: frugernity - 7/13/2006
 
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