The pure customer

Neil Munro has spent his entire professional career working as an interpreter at the European institutions and has acquired extensive experience of testing – initially as a victim (or should that be as a candidate?!) and subsequently as a speaker and selection board member. Continue reading

The million

Challenges sometimes turn out as unpredictable adventures, and A Word In Your Ear has certainly done that. When I started this blog no-one thought the idea was worth a cent. “Interpretation is not an interesting subject”, they said, much less on social networks; my friends told me the whole subject would be exhausted in three videos. So it didn’t look good. Continue reading

Interpreters and competition law

Trustbusters Busted: Freelance Interpreters Affirm Working Conditions/Bargaining Rights

By Luigi Luccarelli

Note: This article originally appeared in The Guild Reporter, a publication of The Newspaper Guild – Communication Workers of America, in 1996. The Translators and Interpreters Guild, an affiliate of the CWA, submitted an amicus brief to the FTC in support of AIIC’s defense of standards and working condition. Continue reading

Looking back and looking forward

Christopher Thiéry (Oxford, 1927)
A : Anglais, Français

De mère irlandaise et de père français, Christopher Thiéry a fait toute sa scolarité, du jardin d’enfants au baccalauréat, au Lycée Français de Londres. Après cinq années d’études médicales, trois à Londres et deux à Paris,  il devient, de façon imprévue, interprète de conférence en 1949, d’abord comme fonctionnaire à l’OECE, l’ancêtre de l’OCDE, ensuite à l’OTAN.
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Symbols: dos and don’ts

When note-taking for consecutive interpreting is mentioned the first thing that student interpreters ask about are symbols. And although it is true that knowing a reasonable number of very useful symbols can make our lives much easier, please don’t forget that symbols are relatively unimportant and certainly not a panacea for consecutive interpreting problems. If you don’t have a structured, consistent and meaningful note-taking system then no amount of symbols is going to help you.

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SIM DEMO DE-ES

Edward Snowden Asyl gewähren

Sondersitzung des Bundestages zu den Abhöraktivitäten der NSA und den Auswirkungen auf Deutschland und die transatlantischen Beziehungen

Frau Präsidentin! Auch von uns alle guten Wünsche für Sie.

Meine Damen und Herren!

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