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Interpreters convert what people say from one language into another. The most important quality required of an interpreter is excellence in two languages. Typically, an interpreter will use his or her native language and then learn a second foreign language. To be a successful interpreter it is vital that you are fluent in both languages so as to be able to understand and pick up on idioms, jokes and cultural references. If you want to be come an interpreter in a specific field, such as law or medicine, even more linguistic expertise if required. You will have to have an understanding of the subject itself, as well as the technical jargon that is likely to be used.

A good interpreter is not only proficient in two languages, he or she is also able to fluidly speak and hear and improve the speed and accuracy of translation.