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Marco Benedetti discusses the interpreting profession at TV5Monde

TV5Monde round table discussion at Expolangues 2012 (in French) on the interpreting and translating professions  - with the European Commission's Director General of Interpretation Marco Benedetti, ...

 Marco Benedetti at Expolangues 2012

TV5Monde round table discussion at Expolangues 2012external link (in French) on the interpreting and translating professions  - with the European Commission's Director General of Interpretation Marco Benedetti, Sarah Bordes (AIIC-ISIT), Marie Mériaud-Brischoux (ISIT), Didier Ruiller (translator) and Dominique Laresche (TV5Monde).

The discussion focused on the need for professionals capable of transmitting cultural subtleties and nuances in the interpreting and translation businesses. Machine translation and 'bilingual', but unqualified, speakers were discounted as viable alternatives in either field. Panel members strongly advocated speakers using their mother tongue and exploiting its richness whenever possible, as opposed to using a poorer, international English. Marco Benedetti also drew the audience's attention to the current situation in Africa where there is not a single university in a francophone country which offers interpreter training. With the demand for interpreters in Africa growing, the imbalance of supply and demand means that the African institutions have to recruit in Europe. Marco Benedetti called for this situation to be redressed.

You can see the rest of the programmes broadcast from Expolangues 2012 here: http://www.tv5monde.com/expolanguesexternal link