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Sara Abbasova # Posted on October 3, 2022 at 11:49 pm

The brain is a very complex organ. Mental retention is the storage and maintenance of memory, its the persistence of a learned behavior/experience during a period in which it is not being performed or practiced. There are many things that can impact memory which include medications, drugs, poor sleep, physical injuries, medical conditions (seizures, epilepsy, heart bypass, infection), high-stress levels, anxiety, depression, etc. Alcohol and drug abuse, concussions, and other kinds of head trauma can lead to a change in short-term memory. There are many things that one can do to have good mental retention which can be eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, doing breathing exercises (whilst doing mental imagery), sleeping well and regularly, being organized, using different techniques, and learning methods to memorize things more efficiently.

It’s important for interpreters to have good memory retention; they need to have a good short-term memory to remember what they heard and a good long-term memory to put that information into context. An interpreter needs to be fluent in both languages being used, have grammatical knowledge, and the ability to take any idioms, metaphors, or nuances used and convey them coherently, correspondingly, and completely. Interpretation is done right then and there with no help from outside sources or extra time to figure anything out – the person must be ready to be engaged in the conversation and be the messenger for both sides in a way that is helpful and understandable without any additions or changes to what is being said.