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Old 08-17-2020, 11:26 AM
 
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Hola, I'm curious as to how someone can become fluent enough to translate between English and Spanish on a legal/medical basis. I'm retired teacher - and I have taught Spanish but I think my level as a non native speaker is high intermediate. Any suggestions? There are plenty of online programs but I think what is required is fluency in spoken/written/reading/listening. I need help maainly on writing and reading.

Gracias desde California
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Old 08-17-2020, 01:05 PM
 
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Go live in a Spanish speaking country. Do not become part of the American expatriate community; live amongst people who speak only Spanish.
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Old 08-17-2020, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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Study the specialized vocabulary, too. Those will be just as specialized as they are in English.
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Old 08-17-2020, 08:54 PM
 
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Several various books on the subject

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=medical+s...f=nb_sb_noss_1
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Old 08-17-2020, 08:56 PM
 
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Several books on the subject, here

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=medical+s...f=nb_sb_noss_1
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Old 08-24-2020, 02:46 PM
 
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You will be better at translating Spanish to English. Have you looked into that route?
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Old 08-24-2020, 02:55 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Hola, I'm curious as to how someone can become fluent enough to translate between English and Spanish on a legal/medical basis. I'm retired teacher - and I have taught Spanish but I think my level as a non native speaker is high intermediate. Any suggestions? There are plenty of online programs but I think what is required is fluency in spoken/written/reading/listening. I need help maainly on writing and reading.

Gracias desde California
Um, that's two fairly distinct & high-level vocabularies. & on the legal side, make sure you target a specific country for the Spanish legal vocab. Medical - I think - is more universal.

If you mean to make a living @ it, you should probably look into the certification programs that run in various US states - typically through the Secretary of State - because that's who usually handles professional certifications. There are also various professional organizations of translators - you might consult the nearest one that covers your state, & see what they advise.

The courts - state & federal - also employ translators - if there's sufficient call for them. So if you live in an area with lots of Spanish speakers, you might have another area you can apply your skills to.

¬°Suerte!
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Old 08-31-2020, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Sandy Eggo's North County
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Spanish won't be your problem. It's the dialects that can make communication difficult.

For instance~
The Spanish spoken in California, is different than the Spanish spoken in Texas.

Never mind the differences between Spain and Mexico. Since you want to pursue "medical/legal" the last thing you want to do is have/make any erroneous comments to any party.
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