Michael Lea is an interpreter/translator at the Honda seat manufacturing plant TS Tech USA. He holds a master’s degree in Japanese Pedagogy, and enjoys teaching Japanese to co-workers and his son. In his free time, Michael likes to work on illustrating for his comic book and other projects such as short stories and animations.
It is important to apply pragmatics when interpreting, by thinking beyond the language used and being conscious of the speakers’ roles and intents. For example, a first-time visitor from Japan to the US would most likely require different treatment in interpretation than a...