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...

The art and craft of interpreting: still...

I’ve long been interested in the role of creativity and improvisation in the process of language interpreting. Let’s take a further look at the relationship by referring to a subject close to my heart – art and craft. Along the way I’ll set out...

Interpreter navel-gazing

Count Smorltalk gets omphaloskeptical Earlier this year I was sitting on a plane next to an Asian girl, who, rather to my surprise, started to take a series of posed photos of herself on her iPad. She would grin or gurn and snap herself on the...

Am I losing… my language?

As a child, I remember hearing stories about Poles who had emigrated to the US and within a few years were ”forgetting” the language. ”Nobody could forget their mother tongue” – people in Poland would comment, insisting...

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...

La dolce vita

Last week I met a freelance colleague, a conference interpreter, who divides her time between Brasil and Sweden, spending six months in each every year. She seems to be much in demand, which is hardly surprising if you consider her language...

Clinging on for now

Count Smorltalk does the math Just recently, I was sent a link to an article from the FT about professional salaries in London. I was made to understand by my correspondent that I should read this article. My correspondent is not a woman to be...

Interpreting Markets: Brussels

What is it like to be an interpreter in Brussels? Admittedly, not the most difficult of questions I was asked recently. The answer, however, is a whole different ballgame and does go beyond the average ”Fine, thanks!” It requires...

“The Man in the Middle”: Viktor...

In Europe and America, there’s a growing feeling of hysteria Conditioned to respond to all the threats In the rhetorical speeches of the Soviets Mr. Khrushchev said ‘we will bury you’ I don’t subscribe to this point of...