Video - Interpretation at COP 15 - 2009
Thread poster: José Henrique Lamensdorf

José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
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Dec 16, 2009

Watch the COP15 Behind the Scenes film about the UN Interpretation Service at the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 (COP15) in Copenhagen, Denmark.


Anne Lee  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Fascinating Dec 16, 2009

Thanks for the link. I do simultaneous interpreting and am fascinated by hearing how it happens in other settings. Acronyms can indeed be a problem. Furthermore, when Dutch people mention an acronym, it takes a few seconds to know whether they are pronouncing it in Dutch or in English, adding to the confusion.

[Edited at 2009-12-16 11:52 GMT]


Yan-Christoph Pelz
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COP15 Dec 16, 2009


this is really interesting for me because I interpreted some of the more official statements for a German TV channel - and was really glad not to have to enter into all the technical details. In that way I do not envy at all the UN colleagues up in Denmark.

COP15 for instance is an acronym that is not so well known, and it could indeed be mistaken for "Copenhagen 15". The official German term for this sounds much less attractive: "Vertragsstaatenkonferenz".

Best regards

Yan-Christoph Pelz
Conference interpreter


Mariella Bonelli  Identity Verified
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Very interesting Dec 16, 2009

Thank you José for this link. Very interesting.


Williamson  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Flemish to English
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Nothing new Dec 17, 2009

Basically, the head interpreter said that abbreviations and specific terminology are a nightmare and that interpreters interpret in their native language except for those with Arabic and Chinese as mother-tongue. They interpret into English and the rest is then interrpreted from English into all the remaining EU-languages.
Isn't that the way Baltic and other rare languages are interpreted at the E.U.-institutions?


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