Interpreting with printed copy of speech
Thread poster: jenbikkal (X)

jenbikkal (X)

Local time: 07:28
French to English
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Nov 3, 2011

Hi all,

So I received a copy of the speech that I will be interpreting, and translated it, which is of course great, but now I'm more confused as to what to do.

Initially I was planning on using my digital voice recorder and doing simul off of that, but now that I have the speech I wonder if it's best to just make any changes, and notes directly on to it. I fear that that using my DVR and referring to my printed copy would be too much multi-tasking and I might get flustered.

What would you do?

Any tips on how to refer to it, but not look like I'm reading?


[Edited at 2011-11-03 16:46 GMT]


Alexandre Loureiro Guimarães Alcantara
Local time: 08:28
English to Portuguese
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In my humble opinion Nov 3, 2011

Hello Jen,

I think it depends on how much time you have to analyse the speech. I didn`t quite understand the purpose of the digital recording, but if I receive the speech (text), say, half an hour before the event, I`ll do a quick sight translation using the paper of the text to make notes. If I have more time than that, I`ll start filling in the gaps and if there is a lot of time I`ll do a complete translation, but I won`t read it on the event. It will serve as reference for terms that might slip my mind, and it usually comes out better than the translation. One thing I do sometimes, is to use voice recognition for the sight translation to see how much work needs to be done. I hope this helps.

Best regards


Mark Thompson  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:28
Portuguese to English
Interesting one Nov 3, 2011

This is relevant to me at the moment Jen, because I have received a speech to be made by a professor at a conference, and am in the process of translating it as we speak.

It is so, so convoluted and full of very unplain English, that I am doing a full translation - otherwise I'll get lost during the simultaneous - I don't yet know whether there will be a cabin (for me to hide in) or whether I'll be on display - it could even end up being a consecutive.

Either way I'm definitely using the translation I made - if I don't read it verbatim I'll most certainly be relying heavily on it, whether I'm on display or not - there's no other way with the complexity of the text - I do, of course, have the luxury of having plenty of time to prepare it, and fully intend to practise it as well. - I know from experience that it isn't always that way.

I'd stick with your written translation as a guide if I were you.

Good luck!


jenbikkal (X)

Local time: 07:28
French to English
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Thank you! Nov 3, 2011

Alexandre: Thank you for your point of view and advice. The digital voice recorder would be used to record the speaker. It is apparently a much better way to do consecutive. One would record the speaker and then do simultaneous off of the playback. Research has shown that this method provide a more accurate and complete interpretation.

Mark: My speech is pretty convoluted as well. A politician (actually a French Mayor) is the speaker and I too have the luxury of preparing. So I'll just practice at home, and as you say, rely heavily on it. Thanks for sharing your advice!

[Edited at 2011-11-03 17:54 GMT]


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