Lee is an interpreter with 15 years’ experience in the industry. The pandemic has not affected his earnings as much as many other interpreters because he largely works on long-term contracts rather than on demand.
"My income has been halved compared with the same period last year and I’m considered one of the lucky ones in the market," Lee said. With major international events canceled, many freelance interpreters are feeling the pinch more acutely.
As an alternative, many interpreters have turned to text translation work. "the websites that connect jobseekers with translation work have been inundated with new applications for work," Park, another veteran interpreter, said. "As a result, the prices of the services have fallen sharply.
feel the pinch：片語，感到手頭拮据（很緊、缺錢）。例句：He often felt the pinch at the end of a month.（他月底常常感到手頭拮据。）
on demand：片語，一經要求、一接到申請（請求）、在有需求時。例句：This is a bill payable on demand.（這是一張見票即付的匯票。）
inundate：動詞，淹沒、氾濫、應接不暇。例句：We have been inundated with requests for help.（求助的申請多到讓我們應接不暇。）