A consecutive demo: los locávoros


Gemma and I are both interpreters and we were asked to do a speech and consecutive for you to show you just one example of how an interpreter’s consecutive notes are used to convey a message in a lively way, so that the interpreter is taking real ownership of the speaker’s message. Continue reading

European Commissioner Vassiliou, about languages and interpretation.

Ladies and gentlemen,

This is an important moment for languages in Europe. As we continue our celebration of the European Day of Languages, we have one eye on the past and one on the future. Continue reading

Cristóbal OSUNA: Trabajar en Naciones Unidas

Cristóbal OSUNA is Head of the Spanish Unit, Interpretation Services, United Nations, Geneva.

The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights. Continue reading

Interpreting Martin Luther King


Let nothing happen by accident! Let everything happen by design!

The development of an ability to present not only information but an understanding of the image that is created by any presentation is essential in working with any audience. The presentation must use as many of the senses as possible to allow the audience to have a greater chance of first understanding and secondly retaining the information which you are going to present. Therefore there are two distinct areas to presenting to an audience.

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Poder aprender

Test Aptitude: Fiche Profil STAGE SCIC

La buena selección es una de las claves del éxito en la formación en interpretación. No resulta un ejercicio fácil: muchos alumnos presentan un potencial lingüístico sólido, un bagaje cultural extenso o la madurez aparentemente necesaria para cursar estos estudios sin problemas pero, aún así, resulta difícil saber si esos alumnos podrán aguantar la presión de una formación intensa y exigente. Continue reading

Interpreter’s mid-career crisis

In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: they must be fit for it; they must not do too much of it; and they must have a sense of success in it.”

John Ruskin

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En català al Parlament Europeu

Admeto que aconseguir que el català esdevingui llengua normal al Parlament Europeu ha estat gairebé una obsessió en els vuit anys que porto treballant en aquesta institució. Confesso que, quan vaig arribar-hi, l’any 2004, creia que ho aconseguiríem de seguida. Sabia que els nostres predecessors ho havien intentat fins a la sacietat, sense sortir-se’n. I tanmateix, estava segur que es tractava (vaja, que es tracta) d’un tema absolutament de sentit comú i de fàcil solució. L’aliança catalano-defensora en aquest assumpte vé de lluny, i en els dos mandats que he viscut, hem procurat enfortir-la.

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