About private guides
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Guide-interpreter in the minds of many – is one of the most prestigious and lucrative professions. Many people consider tour guide to be a very interesting occupation. They find it adventures to accompany foreigners in the city tours.
As far as Kiev female tour guides are concerned, I personally know some lady-guides who are not interested in tourists’ needs. Their attitude towards this job is shallow. And very often these Kiev lady guides have poor language knowledge, scant cultural awareness. And it’s very disappointing for me. I greatly enjoy my occupation. Kiev private guides are mostly ladies, but there are also many guys involved in guide interpreter services in Kiev.
Tour guide – is a person whose duty is to support the tourists, day-trippers, and guests, as well as providing them with the information regarding sightseeing and significant places of the city in a foreign language. Professional private guides say: “The guide can “make” a tour, and can “kill” it with his attitude towards tourists, poor knowledge of the foreign language, and non-punctuality.
To name the exact date of the appearance of the guide profession is almost impossible. In ancient times, people always searched for the best habitats, carrying out numerous moves for many years. Initially at the disposal of royals and other foreign dignitaries were provided special retainers, whose task was not only to acquaint the guests with the urban districts but also to assist during the visits or presence at grand receptions. Currently, this service is very popular among the foreigners who arrived in a new city in order to develop their business or with tourist motives.
A profession of a tour guide-interpreter requires not only excellent language skills (as well as the knowledge of various dialects) but also a broad outlook, because the guides-interpreters have to answer the most unpredictable questions of tourists. And especially it’s important for a lady tour guide in the ancient Kiev.
The guide-interpreter , is mainly specialized in interpreting services. At the same time, he must have universal skills – he has to deal with both consecutive and simultaneous interpreting.
Every day a personal guide has to deal with people who come to the country as if on a different planet, and who are interested practically in everything. The private tour guide must be able to answer any question and to tell with enthusiasm for the hundredth time about the same objects. It can be possible only if he himself enthusiastically learns the history of the country and the city, and is well up in art and architecture. Such traits as kindness, sense of humor are essential enough for the personal guide … and the ability to find a way out of any situation. There should be no responses “No, I cannot, I do not know, I do not want” in the lexicon of the professional. Polite refuse – is another thing, but one must be able to make it.
A very important factor in this profession is a quick reaction of a guide-interpreter, as to interest a group he should not only tell but also instantly respond to thousands of questions. The guide-interpreter (same as a tour guide Kiev) must possess perfect organizational skills because working with a cohesive group is much easier. In addition, he must know important political and economic vocabulary, as the people coming to the country for the first time, as a rule, have many questions related to the political and economic situation in the country. And the guide-interpreter must give as full answers as it is possible.