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interpreter • et cetera • helps if
Hispanic • escort
  1. Now that she is famous, she needs an with her all the time.
  2. The did a really good job explaining exactly what we were supposed to do.
  3. When I'm tired, it I do a little stretching and moving around.
  4. Do we have sandwich ingredients at the house? I mean meat, cheese, lettuce .
  5. He will graduate next winter with a degree in Studies.
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658 Working with Languages
It is Deanne's job to work with languages. She talks a little about what she does.

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What's the difference between a translator and an interpreter.

An 'interpreter' gives an oral translation between speakers of two different languages. Notice the following:

  1. Do you need a certification to be an interpreter?
  2. She is actually working as a legal interpreter now.

et cetera

Can you do English to Italian and Italian to French, et cetera?

'Et cetera' is used as the last item in a list. It basically means 'and other similar things.' It is frequently abbreviated to 'etc.'Notice the following:

  1. She loves anything sweet like cake, cookies, chocolates, etc.
  2. We don't really know what the weather will be like, so make sure you bring a hat, boots, a warm jacket, et cetera.

it helps if

You have to study to become an interpreter, and it helps if you're native.

The phrase 'it helps if' is used to show what situation or ability would make a goal easier to complete. Notice the following:

  1. If you are learning another language, it helps if you have a native speaker to practice with.
  2. When you are just starting to exercise, it helps if you have a work-out buddy.

Hispanic Studies

You can do a degree in Hispanic Studies if you want to become a Spanish interpreter.

'Hispanic Studies' is a university degree that focuses on the culture, language, life, etc. of people from Spanish-speaking countries. Notice the following:

  1. Have you ever taken a Hispanics Studies class?
  2. I'm doing Hispanic Studies, so most of my classes are anthropology or sociology.


Working as an interpreter is a fun job, because sometimes you escort people to fun places.

When you 'escort' someone, you guide them because they are unfamiliar with the area or the language. We also use 'escort' in a formal situation to mean 'accompany' or 'go with.' An 'escort' can also be someone who protects you. Notice the following:

  1. Tomorrow I will escort you to a few museums.
  2. May I escort you to your seat?