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Tom in London
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Local time: 20:14
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Italian to English
The worst part Apr 21

The worst part is that if you're doing your job properly, nobody notices. You suffer alone.

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liviu roth
United States
Local time: 15:14
Romanian to English
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Welcome to court interpreting in the US Apr 21

Daryo wrote:

liviu roth wrote:

a court interpreter does that 8 hours/day, 5 days/week!
From my understanding, you were asked to do simultaneous interpreting (not consecutive, and not translation, as DZiW wrote) of a certain court proceeding. It is normal, and we, court interpreters do it on a daily basis.


interpreting alone (be it consecutive / chuchotage / simultaneous ... whichever) 8 hours/day, 5 days/week ... 52 weeks per year... year in, year out = normal???

Is that some diehard Stakhanovite talking?

If that was coming from people who think that "interpreting is just talking" (IOW a variation on "translating is just glorified typing") I wouldn't be too surprised.

But as far as interpreters I know are concerned, not a single one would consider THAT as "normal" in a year of Sundays. Not to mention what the most serious association of conference interpreters in the world [https://aiic.net/] would have to say to that - most likely their private opinion would be simply unprintable.

[Edited at 2017-04-20 12:50 GMT]


For languages with a lesser diffusion, where it is hard to find two or three interpreters for the same case, it is normal to interpret for 5-9 hours. I have been interpreting for over 25 years and team-work is the exemption. (maybe 10-15 times in all these years).


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Catherine De Crignis  Identity Verified
France
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Certainly sounds mad May 31

liviu roth wrote:

For languages with a lesser diffusion, where it is hard to find two or three interpreters for the same case, it is normal to interpret for 5-9 hours. I have been interpreting for over 25 years and team-work is the exemption. (maybe 10-15 times in all these years).


I’m afraid this also applies to common pairs, where interpreting seems to be done "on the cheap" a lot of the time. Where two people should share the workload, only one is contracted. Unfortunately interpreters seem to go along with this trend.


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