Claude DURAND, a life dedicated to interpreting

If I remember well in which mood I was in June 1974 after I passed my final exam at ESIT in Paris, I felt a sigh of relief at the thought that I had finally reached the end of a very demanding training path, but in the back of my head I feared that this decisive step would only mark the beginning of a new challenge; in a word, I was wondering whether embarking on a conference interpreter’s career would enable me to grow and make my dreams come true.

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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

RETOUR DEMO DE EN: Die Bahnstadt

“Notetaking is a very individual technique. I think it is strongly related to the way the individual interpreter processes information. Most interpreters note down lots of facts, numbers etc. This approach bears the risk of missing the links and coming up with a lot of information which, however, may then be presented in an incoherent way. Also, their active listening may suffer, as they concentrate too much on the notetaking.

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MIC 2014: Visita a la Comisión Europea y Tribunal de Justicia de la UE

As part of the Masters in Conference Interpreting (MIC) at the Universidad de La Laguna, we visited some European Union institutions in Brussels and Luxembourg this May. Our organizer Lourdes has asked me to write a blog post on the experience:

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Interpreting Michelle OBAMA

MAKING OF:

“Quiero pensar que ésta no es mi mejor simultánea :-). En este caso el reto era enfrentarse a un discurso desconocido, interpretándolo sin texto y sin preparación alguna: es decir, una situación bastante habitual en la vida real de un intérprete. 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