Why consecutive learning is important?

“Although I’m retired from the Commission now I still do a bit of training now and again and I sometimes get asked why students of conference interpreting on university interpretation courses spend so much of their time learning how to do consecutive interpreting when practically all the work they’ll do later as a conference interpreter- assuming they get that far- will consist of simultaneous interpreting.. Continue reading

Marco BENEDETTI: What´s interpreting?

Unity in diversity: languages for mobility, jobs and active citizenship

“Signore e signori,

che questa conferenza sull’unità nella diversità europea si tenga qui a Vilnius in occasione della giornata delle lingue, è una felice coincidenza carica di significato. Continue reading

Garbled ramblings on a life of clear speaking

One of the questions I was asked when I said I was retiring was: “And would you do it all again, if you were starting out now?”

One of those questions it’s impossible to answer, of course. I’d be tempted to follow the example of the man who, when asked which way it was to Tipperary, (or was it Steenokkerzeel? Or Chipping Sudbury?), replied: “If I was you, I wouldn’t be starting from here.”

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My consecutive kit

Consec Test Speech: Boudica

A consecutive demo: Boudica

Test speech analysis: Boudica

Note-taking in consecutive interpreting. On the reconstruction of an individualised language.

Kurt Kohn & Michaela Albl- Mikasa. Continue reading

MIC 2013: Visita a la Comisión Europea y Tribunal de Justicia de la UE

CRÓNICA DE UN VIAJE:

Hace unas semanas los estudiantes del MIC emprendimos un viaje de cuatro días al centro neurálgico de la interpretación en Europa (y, por qué no decirlo, de las cervezas y el chocolate). Continue reading

Speechpool

More info about this project in the great interview originally published in The Interpreter Diaries to Sophie Llewellyn Smith:

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… Speechpool! Continue reading

Interpreting Steve JOBS

LA PREPARACIÓN:

Para interpretar el discurso de Steve Jobs en la ceremonia de Stanford, recibí un mail con un enlace a la página de la universidad, concretamente a la transcripción del discurso. Por lo tanto, contaba con el texto que iba a leer Steve Jobs, o que previsiblemente iba a leer. A veces, los oradores se apartan de su propio guión, y entonces los intérpretes, aunque hayamos preparado el texto con antelación, no tenemos más remedio que dejar de lado el guión que hemos estudiado y trabajar “sin red”. (Afortunadamente, a Steve Jobs en esta ocasión no le dió por improvisar.)

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