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Where and how can I get a good degree in interpreting?
Thread poster: safah
French to English
Nov 30, 2005

Hi there
I am a fresh graduate and trainee translator in an international organisation in Africa. I have a B.A. in French/Politics and an M.A. in International Politics from a British University. I have been training as a translator for the past 9 months. I mostly translate internal and external correspondence and sometimes important reports which are then revised by the in-house translator. I had a go at interpreting once at a very informal gathering and I really enjoyed it. I am thinking of getting a professional qualification in interpreting but I have been told that I need at least three languages to be able to do that. Is this true? Does anyone have any advice on how to proceed, where to look and what the prospects are for someone with my background? Thank you in advance!

[Edited at 2005-11-30 15:07]

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Williamson  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:54
Flemish to English
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Have a look at
Besides your mother-tongue two foreign languages are the usual requirement at these schools. At some,you also have to pass an entry-test.

ETI (Geneva), ESIT(Sorbonne), Westminster (London)organize the EMCI.
Read the advice on the website of ETI: it boils down to comparitive reading in your C-B-A langages of a quality newspaper every day/a quality magazine every week and a monthly every month.

[Edited at 2005-12-03 20:56]

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Emmanouil Tyrakis
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ESIT Nov 30, 2005

I think ESIT (France) is the best school...


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Marion Sadoux
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have a look at the London Metropolitan University courses Dec 2, 2005

What type of interpreting do you want to do? Full time / part-time etc...
In the UK there are many options available such as doing a course leading to a DPSI, interpreting diplomas, and Masters.
Check the London Met website... they are very good.

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