How interpreters at the UN get the message across when faced with a runaway speaker

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Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)  Identity Verified
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My doubt Sep 23, 2010

In many simultaneous interpretation venues, many interpreters standby to take charge in turn. I wonder why the UN cannot hire more interpreters to spare the job. I personally cannot interpret continuously for 1 hour and longer.

Soonthon Lupkitaro


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Kipale78
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well Sep 23, 2010

the article says that Gheddafi insisted on using his own interpreter, not the UN service.

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Trinh Do  Identity Verified
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Maybe tell the politician to summarise their viewpoints Sep 26, 2010

These politicians are rich enough to pay for several interpreters. Rather work for Translators without Borders or Medecins sans frontieres than established dictators, even without pay.

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