Bogus sign language interpreters are a problem in South Africa, because people who know a few signs try to pass themselves off as interpreters, said Parkin, the principal of the school for the deaf. And those hiring them usually don't sign, so they have no idea that the people they are hiring cannot do the job, she said.
"They advertise themselves as interpreters because they know 10 signs and they can make some quick money," said Parkin. "It is plain and simple abuse of the deaf community, they are taking advantage of the deaf community to make money."
ASL is as different from English as Chinese is (...)
Like, for example, ASL uses "mouth morphemes" to modify some words. Mouthing the syllable "CHA" indicates that something is particularly massive. So interpreters, without thinking, would say things like, "I'm skipping dinner because I had a cha burrito for lunch."
I don't know ASL, but I do know Arabic and how to translate two really different languages into each other, and I don't know what this means at all.
I think also with the "cha" example, you'd do that at the same time you were signng "burrito", yes? And in spoken English you can't do that because you're already using your mouth to say the word.
item: “As someone with a grasp of American Sign Language that doesn't go much further than "I love you", I must say that guy is pretty convincing. Such a dick thing to do, though.”
The revelations have sparked a man-hunt for the mystery mimer, who is totally unknown to South Africa's deaf community.
The government, which was officially in charge of Tuesday's ceremony, said it had tried and failed to get to the bottom of the matter.
"Government is looking in to this matter but has not been able to conclude this inquiry due to the demanding schedule of organising events," Presidency MinisterCollins Chabane told a news conference.
Zuma spokesman Mac Maharaj said he was checking the reports, while the SABC state broadcaster, which covered the memorial, said it was not involved as it had its own on-screen signers.
The ruling African National Congress (ANC) also professed no knowledge, even though several television clips from a big party meeting a year ago showed the same man gesticulating on stage alongside Zuma.
"I don't know this guy. He doesn't work for the ANC. It was a government event. Ask them," spokesman Jackson
"I won't disagree that you're explaining but you're drawing too much emphasis to it and (metaphorically) putting it into other people's space and being showy about it by attempting to linger on flashy displays for a long time, and I'm starting to get a little fed up, but not enough to directly tell you especially since in some respects I find it a little bit endearing; it's not a big annoyance, but one that's like a fly (visual metaphor)."
When asked how he felt about being the centre of questioning about his interpreting skills, Dantyi said: "It is very sad at this present moment because I believe that it was an issue that had to be dealt with earlier. If the Deaf Federation of South Africa have an issue with my interpreting they should have clarified it a long time ago, not at this crucial time for our country." (source)
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