How Interpretation (and Interpreters) Work!

How Interpretation Works

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a professional interpreter? WIRED will show you!

Barry Olsen
and two other members of the International Association of Conference Interpreters, Katty Kauffman, and Adnane Ettayebi go behind the scenes on a series of videos that explore real-life scenarios as interpreters.

The video spells out what simultaneous interpretation, consecutive interpretation, bilateral interpreting, chuchotage, and décalage mean and allows viewers to take a peek at what it takes to be a professional interpreter.

I appreciate the light-hearted tone to explore the skills used in note-taking or the difficulty (or impossibility) of translating humor. And, due to the educational nature of the video, I find it brilliant to say that interpretation’s “real-time translation.”

Webcast Interpretation: Technology Meets Simultaneous Interpretation

webcast interpretation american translatorsHow does a simultaneous interpreter work from a home office and takes turns with a booth mate miles away? Would that ever work?  What are the drawbacks? What does a typical project look like? Read my article, When Technology Meets Simul Interpretation, published in April 2014 ATA Chronicle and leave me comments and questions here. Thanks for reading!

AIIC Workshop for Portuguese C interpreters

The International Association of Conference Interpreters, AIIC, categorizes interpreters according to their A, B, or C languages. Interpreters work into their ‘A’ language or  their mother tongue in both consecutive and simultaneous modes.  Interpreters may also work into a  ‘B’ language because they are perfectly fluent in that language, but it is not their native language. Interpreters can work from a ‘C’ language, that is, one that they understand perfectly but into which they do not work.

Interpreters with Portuguese C or who would like to strengthen their Portuguese have a great opportunity to work with seasoned interpreters Raquel Schaitza and Richard Laver

Read More | Leia Mais

Speaking at the American Translators Association Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas, November 6-9

Howdy, partners!

I’m excited to be speaking at the American Translators Association Annual Conference in San Antonio about two topics I’m passionate about: interpretation and voice-overs, of interest to interpreters, project managers who deal with interpreters and voice-over talents and managers of voice-over talents.

Read More | Leia Mais

A tip from the United Nations forworking with interpreters

Today, September 24th, is the 68th annual U.N. General Assembly of the United Nations. World leaders are in New York and among the chiefs of state speaking today are Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff.

As an interpreter, I was truly happy to find this gem the transcript: “Delegates are being reminded to speak at a calm pace so that translators can do their work easily“.

Read More | Leia Mais

Curso de interpretação simultânea em Monterey, Califórnia

ulisses_wehby_de_carvalhoDe 3 a 7 de junho de 2013, o Monterey Institute for International Studies, em Monterey, na Califórnia, tem a honra de convidar Ulisses Wehby de Carvalho, para ministrar um curso prático de interpretação simultânea. Ulisses é intérprete de conferência há 20 anos, tendo trabalhado mais de 2 mil dias em cabine e escrito 4 livros. Ele é também o cérebro brilhante comandando o blog TeclaSAP.

Read More | Leia Mais

Interpreting on Day 5 of 28: The Fine Art of Interpreting Small Talk

In many events where interpretation services are needed, interpreters are called to become specialists on the main topic of the conference: government and narcotics, defense and national security, agriculture, aviation, medicine, business, etc.  These are just some of the events where I’ve interpreted, but that’s what I’m going to call the hard side of the interpreting. Not that the conference topic is difficult, because the topic could truly be very mundane. And then, there’s the soft side of interpreting.

Read More | Leia Mais

Interpreting on Day 4 of 28: Field Trip Day

We took a break from our classroom and went into a field visit today. We’ve talked and walked the whole day. After many hours walking and talking, there are 5 things that I’ve learned to make my life easier:

Read More | Leia Mais
1 2