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DG Interpretation on BBC Radio 4 "Word of Mouth"

Broadcast Tuesday 7 August 2012 at 16.00 UKT (17.00 CET). You can listen to the programme on the "Word of Mouth"external link website.

Chris Ledgard

Chris Ledgard (photo) visits Brussels, a melting pot of European languages. He meets interpreters, language planners and voice coaches to discover how the European Commission operates "interpreting on an industrial scale." We find out why officials fear a looming shortage of interpreters, and we meet the man who teaches people how to speak and behave in a multilingual setting.

 


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Speak your mother tongue where possible

"Let the experts on taxation deal with the taxation part and the experts on communication deal with the communication part"

EC Interpreters Carlos Hoyos (ES) and Jarek Król (PL), in a slightly paradoxical move, speak (in English) about the importance of speaking your native language in multilingual meetings, about the consequences and political implications of using a lingua franca instead of your mother tongue, and the hopes and frustrations that come with being a conference interpreter.

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Freelances

In this episode, we hear from 2 freelance interpreters from the English Booth, Joanne O'Donnell and Ed McGregor. They discuss what it is like to work as a freelance interpreter in Brussels.

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Public Service Interpreting - An interview with Dr Raquel Lazero

This episode launches a new format for the podcasts. We begin with a principal topic in the section called "Interpret this" before moving on to the section called "European Whispers" where common myths and misconceptions about interpreting are challenged and tips from interpreters are given.

Conference interpreters help facilitate meetings in the European Commission daily, but today we hear from a Public Service, or Community, interpreter. Dr. Raquel Lazero is an assistant professor at the University of Alcalá and works in the field of Public service interpreting in Madrid, Spain. We asked her to describe what it is and when it may be used…

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What is interpreting?

Dick Fleming, former SCIC interpreter and trainer, explains: "As I see it, interpreting is the art of enabling people of different mother tongues to communicate with one another"... (10:16)

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Speech making.

Andrew Upton talks about how to put together a "good" speech. A "good" speech is intended to test analytical skills of the students, their ability to understand an argument. It can test vocabulary as well, idiomatic expressions... (13:30)

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Tests d’interprétation : le candidat idéal et la structure des épreuves

Un entretien (2012) avec Claude Durand, actuel chef de l'unité "Relations interinstitutionnelles et coopération internationale" à la Direction générale de l'interprétation, par Lourdes De Rioja, tiré de son blog "A word in your ear": http://lourdesderioja.com/

Claude Durand, chef de l´Unité Multilinguisme et Assistance à la Formation d’interprètes à l'époque de l'entretien, nous parle des qualités requises pour qu’un candidat réussisse un test d’interprétation; il nous décrit le profil du candidat et la structure des épreuves. (08:55)
(Original en video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYyy4u40jEc#t=479)

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Performance assessment and training objectives.

Neil Munro, who has been an interpreter at the European Commission for 35 years : "For those of you involved in training, I would say that the key message to remember is : objectives. You need to set objectives which will vary according to the stage of your training, but also according to your own particular progress..." (10:20)

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How important is general knowledge for interpreting ?

Christopher Burin, SCIC Interpreter, explains why general knowledge is important when it comes to interpreting. General knowledge is crucial, regardless of the language used, due to the broad range of topics covered in various meetings... (07:16)

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How important is the mother tongue? Part 2

How can interpreters acquire a perfect command of their mother tongue? John Swales answers this question...(05:46)

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How important is the mother tongue? Part 1

John Swales, Head of the English Interpreting Unit and interpreters trainer : "... the interpreter's main tool is in fact his or her mother tongue..." (06:52)

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Interpreter training over the centuries - Part 2

In this second part, Dick Fleming focuses on the XXth Century. So called "Conference Interpreting in Consecutive Mode" was used for more or less the first time at the Paris Peace Conference at the end of the 1st World War... (07:53)

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Interpreter training over the centuries - Part 1

Dick Fleming, retired SCIC Conference Interpreter, talks about the early history of interpreter training (09:07)

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Deux qualités essentielles d’un interprète.

Phillipe Vanden Bossche, interprète de langue française à la Commission européenne, décrit l'importance de la langue maternelle et de la curiosité chez les interprètes. (06:10)

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Pourquoi prendre des notes?

Michael Picq, interprète de langue française à la Commission européenne, explique l'importance de prendre des notes pendant l'interprétation consécutive. (04:32)

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Quelles sont les qualités d’un bon interprète?

Paule Kekeh, interprète de langue française à la Commission européenne, donne des conseils d'apprentissage de l'interprétation et explique comment maintenir un haut niveau de connaissance linguistique. (10:24)

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Why learn consecutive?

Neil Munro, an English language interpreter at the European Commission, explains the importance of learning consecutive interpreting. (06:08)

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Consecutive interpreting and note-taking.

Kunteel Barua, an English language interpreter at the European Commission, discusses the art of taking notes (what should be noted when taking notes and how should it be noted?) when interpreting consecutively. (12:20)

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La curiosité, une caractéristique essentielle de l'interprète.

Sandrine Coppola, interprète de langue française à la Commission européenne, décrit l'importance de la curiosité pour quiconque veut devenir interprète. (07:42)

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Simultaneous interpreting with text

Kate Davies, English language interpreter at the European Commission, gives advice on how to use text provided by the speaker to your advantage when interpreting. (06:20)

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Que devrait lire un(e) interprète?

Antoinette Legrand, interprète de langue française à la Commission européenne, parle de la lecture comme outil de préparation et de recherche pour les réunions. (06:43)

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Comment préparer une réunion?

Pascal Mathieu, interprète de langue française à la Commission européenne, décrit comment se préparer aux réunions et conférences. (08:34)

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Do you think you’ve got what it takes?

Brian Gentle, an interpreter in the English booth at the European Commission, outlines some of the key qualities that an interpreter needs to have. (05:57)

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Dolmetscher und Technologie

Alexander Drechsel, Dolmetscher für Deutsch bei der Europäischen Kommission, spricht über die Nutzung von technischen Hilfsmitteln beim Dolmetschen. (05:03)

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