Is your interpreting comprehensible? Things that work to show complete beginners their interpreting mistakes

I teach both simultaneous and consecutive interpreting and it often happens that students in simultaneous – after a brief period of not being able to say a word in the booth – utter sentences that make little to no sense because they leave words out (bc of time pressure) or copy the syntactic structures of the original. They do so convinced that they are “finally really interpreting” and that their interpretation is a clear and comprehensible.


Sometimes it is rather difficult to explain to such students that what they are saying would not be understood by a non-English audience. I tried recording them and playing their recordings back right away but they knew what was being said in the original, so they got the gist – and that seemed to be enough for them. Continue reading

Multitasking in simultaneous interpreting – what can a beginner do?

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I am using this picture because I like it and because simultaneous interpreting is like riding two trains at once. Deep, wasn’t it? 🙂

Got scared first time you sat in the booth? Were you unable to focus on both making sense of what is being said and producing a meaningful (or sometimes any) utterances at the same time? Well, first of the good news: don’t worry, it gets better. And now the bad: you need to practice. On your own. A lot. And no one can do it for you.

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Please read this FAQ, students of simultaneous interpreting


I urge all my students, especially those of simultaneous interpreting, but also those from other interpreting courses (and those who do not take interpreting at all this semester) to read this FAQ article by a practising interpreter and a teacher of interpreting Cyril Flerov. It’s a great read and will really give you a lot of information you need. Enjoy!

And, when in reading mode, also take a look at this great text:

Tri prekladateľské príležitosti, ktoré by ste v roku 2016 nemali premeškať

Tento článok som sa rozhodla výnimočne napísať po slovensky, keďže sa týka všetkých tých, ktorí študujú prekladateľstvo a tlmočníctvo a prekladajú a tlmočia do slovenčiny. Nie je to vôbec ešte tak dávno, čo som vo vysokoškolských laviciach sedela na praktických seminároch ja, a musím vám povedať, že keby som vtedy narazila na takýto článok, veľmi by mi pomohol a ušetril kopec času.

Popri štúdiu nášho odboru je totiž celkom vhodné (a ja som presvedčená, že aj zvládnuteľné) dávať o sebe ako o (budúcom) prekladateľovi vedieť do sveta. Vaše meno by vás po skončení školy malo pred(áv)ať, preto je každá akcia, pri ktorej pod svojím menom ukazujete svoje schopnosti, investíciou do vašej prekladateľskej budúcnosti. V tomto článku vám poviem o príležitostiach, ktoré by som si ako študentka PaT (prekladateľstva a tlmočníctva) nenechala v novom roku ujsť ja.

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Useful Links for Translating EU-Related Texts

Hands typing on laptop keyboard(Not just translation) freshmen usually have no idea what a great place the internet is. You can find an amazing amount of information specifically on the subject you need, you just need to know where to look for it and what to do with the things you find.

But! The fact that so much information is available to us is a double-edged sword – first of all, an average internet user is quite confident that he/she knows enough to criticize whatever he/she comes across. Second of all, if you do have an internet connection, there is no excuse for using a wrong equivalent, not recognizing a ST idiom or any other sort of mistake you may make. Continue reading

EU: Where to gain experience as a Translation/Interpretation Student (traineeships and Model EU)

stockvault-european-union-grunge-flag134751If you want to become a translator or an interpreter, an internship in EU is one of the best things for your carrier. If you’d like to work as a translator or an interpreter for an EU institution one day, such an internship is simply a must – it will open all the doors for you.  Continue reading

Table: Assessment of Simultaneous interpreting

log bookAssessing simultaneous interpreting may be a difficult task. Interpreting is a performance of sorts and there will always be a little bit of a personal opinion involved. To be as objective as possible, we will use this helpful table by Anne Schjoldager and you will be assessing your classmates (anonymously) together with me.

Feel free to download the table in pdf. We will be using it in our classroom.

Tip: print out the Log Book (last two pages) 2 pages per one. You’ll save paper and have the entire log on one page.

Go through the examples and try to evaluate yourself based on a recording of your interpreting! Note down what you can do better and what is your biggest problem.