Category - Conference interpreting

The Jury’s Back. With a Letter

Dear Candidate, So you want to be an interpreter. Great, we need more good interpreters. That’s why we got up at an ungodly hour on the weekend, that’s why we’re spending the day in a classroom that we knew would be either overheated or Arctic, that’s why we’re imbibing inordinate amounts of tepid coffee from the machine downstairs...

Ooooo… Interpreting!

Another day, another cocktail party, and a flurry of delegates corner me and coo the usual things normal people say when faced with a member of our motley crew. ”Oooo… Interpreting! I could never do that! How do you know all the words? How do you do it? How can you talk and listen at the same time?!” At this point in the...

The three R’s in interpretation

Anyone setting out to learn a pseudo-science like economics or pedagogy is soon inundated in scholarly books on the topic, purporting to sum up the distilled wisdom of that particular field by using a limited number of buzzwords to map out the essentials. Ideally, these should share a common initial, thus helping (presumably quite slow) acolytes...