Question for interpreters: In what ways does watching an ASL storytelling performance advance your interpreting skills and contribute to your professional growth? Should it be possible to earn CEUs for watching ASL storytelling presentations? How do such authentic cultural presentations enrich your interpreting repertoire? Do you pick up new vocabulary or classifiers? Do you deepen your cultural understanding?
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The interpreter must bring the story to listening audiences without losing the ASL presenter’s content, flavor, or flair. Interpreters need to keep both Deaf and hearing cultural perspectives in mind. Sometimes a whole string of signs will translate best into a word or short phrase, or a single sign will require a lengthy sentence or two. Studying English Equivalents will help interpreters prepare for work with ASL storytellers.