Interpreting

Simultaneous booth interpreting

January 31, 2013

My first experience of simultaneous interpreting in a booth

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Posted by céline on January 31, 2013
Interpreting

A microblog and a blog

December 4, 2012

Recommended reading

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Posted by céline on December 4, 2012
Interpreting, Language

Interpreting during cultural clashes

July 6, 2012

Reacting to unexpected situations while interpreting

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Posted by céline on July 6, 2012
Culture, Interpreting

The court interpreting fiasco – the facts and the friction

March 15, 2012

Analysis of the court interpreting fiasco

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Posted by céline on March 15, 2012
Interpreting

How to lose your job as an interpreter

January 16, 2012

A sign language interpreter loses her job because of zombies

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Posted by céline on January 16, 2012
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Acronyms linked to nimbyism

June 17, 2010

NIMBY, NIMSBY, NOTE, ABH, LULU, NOOS, NIOBE, NOPE, NIABY, BANANA, NIMEY, NIMFOS, NIMTOO, PITBY

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Posted by céline on June 17, 2010
Interpreting

Interpreting: how to react when stuck

November 13, 2009

However thoroughly you prepare for an interpreting assignment, there will always be surprises. I’m not talking about having to hop on a tractor so the client can see it in action, although my client was very grateful that I didn’t...

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Posted by céline on November 13, 2009
Interpreting

Guest post: An interpreter's dilemma

October 30, 2009

The verb “to interpret” has two common meanings, which in a sense are somewhat contradictory. The first relates to the act of interpreting written documents or oral statements, in the sense of giving one’s “take” on them. The use of...

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Posted by céline on October 30, 2009
Guests, Interpreting

Advice to an interpreting student

August 6, 2009

Q I'm a third-year student majoring in English. My dream is to become an interpreter. First of all, I'm concerned about the requirements when it comes to pronunciation and accents. My native language is French - I read that one...

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Posted by céline on August 6, 2009
Interpreting

The power of interpreters

February 18, 2009

I've never done this before, but as I haven't had time to blog much lately and am off interpreting later on, I thought I'd repost a favourite entry of mine called The power of interpreters, dating from December 2007. I'll...

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Posted by céline on February 18, 2009
Interpreting

The power of interpreters

December 14, 2007

Interpreters have a lot of power. People rely entirely on me to communicate, and sometimes it is ever so tempting to be “creative” to get out of an unpleasant situation. The following illustrates something that happened on Monday. My client...

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Posted by céline on December 14, 2007
Interpreting

Interpreting tip

April 5, 2007

So I was out of the office interpreting last week and really enjoyed the experience. It was hard work, with very long days, technical presentations, rowdy participants, karaoke and long bus journeys. But I was on the local news (well,...

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Posted by céline on April 5, 2007
Interpreting

Out of the office

March 23, 2007

So, where was I interpreting yesterday? You're allowed two visual clues: ----------------------- UPDATE You lot are too clever. And quick! I was on a RIB (Rigid-hull Inflatable Boat) visiting the Kentish Flats off-shore windfarm, the biggest in the country, off...

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Posted by céline on March 23, 2007
Interpreting

Translation costing public £100 million in the UK

December 13, 2006

"When you are trying to help us you are actually harming. Even before we ask, all we have to do is say hello, they are here with their interpreters. We just sit here doing nothing and we don't need to...

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Posted by céline on December 13, 2006
Interpreting

Language and the brain

October 30, 2006

I’ve been thinking about the way the brain processes language, admittedly in a rather unscientific way, prompted by my own experience of interpreting and reading several articles on the Internet. While reading one of my favourite blogs, The Dilbert blog,...

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Posted by céline on October 30, 2006
Interpreting

The end of interpreters?

October 26, 2006

A "Tower of Babel" device that gives the illusion of being bilingual is being developed by US scientists. Users simply have to silently mouth a word in their own language for it to be translated and read out in another....

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Posted by céline on October 26, 2006
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Interpreting during dinner

September 12, 2006

I’m interpreting during a dinner tomorrow and had to choose what I wanted from the menu: I chose Wild Mushroom Risotto, Globe Artichokes Barigoule and Chocolate Marquise & Pistachio Ice Cream, when really, what I wanted was a selection of...

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Posted by céline on September 12, 2006
Interpreting

Interpreting in Rouen

June 5, 2006

I spent most of last week interpreting in the beautiful city of Rouen. Actually, I hesitate to say that I was interpreting in the strictest sense of the word, since as well as interpreting during meetings and working dinners, I...

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Posted by céline on June 5, 2006
Interpreting

By the way...

May 22, 2006

I’m interpreting tomorrow and Wednesday for kids from a French school who are coming to spend the week with their English counterparts. Workshops have been organised to make them more aware of the threats the environment is facing, and we’re...

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Posted by céline on May 22, 2006
Interpreting

Interpreting in emotional situations

January 18, 2006

If you browse through the "interpreting" section of this website, you won’t find many unpleasant stories. The jobs I normally work on are environment or business-related, and although it can be upsetting to stand on a mountain of rubbish or...

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Posted by céline on January 18, 2006
Interpreting

Interpreting and taking notes

October 13, 2005

I had a day out of the office interpreting yesterday. I really enjoyed it, especially as it was a trip to France. The journey back on the Eurostar gave me the chance to think about how the meeting had...

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Posted by céline on October 13, 2005
Interpreting

Guess where!

September 14, 2005

This morning, I gave a client my foot size so he can make sure there will be safety boots for me to wear during my interpreting job next week. What sort of place are we visiting? Answers in the comments...

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Posted by céline on September 14, 2005
Interpreting

Fifty French Farmers

August 31, 2005

Yesterday I accompanied fifty French farmers (okay, it was more like forty-seven, but fifty sounds better) around the beautiful, beautiful Sussex countryside, where they were looking at how their English counterparts are dealing with change in their industry. It was...

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Posted by céline on August 31, 2005
Interpreting

The English church

August 1, 2005

Preparation is everything when interpreting. And I mean, everything. Your clients count on you to communicate in the most natural manner possible, and you can only do that efficiently if you are familiar enough with the subject matter and terminology...

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Posted by céline on August 1, 2005
Interpreting

Interpreting and stress

June 24, 2005

What? The last Friday of the month and no guest blogger? Well, the colleague who kindly offered to write this month’s entry had an unexpected rush job to attend to and will deliver his entry later than expected, so we’ll...

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Posted by céline on June 24, 2005
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Interpreters beware!

March 9, 2005

This morning I received the following email: Myself, my wife and my son are visiting the UK for 15 days and we are jus shopping / sightseeing. This is why we will need a translator service of someone we can...

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Posted by céline on March 9, 2005
Interpreting

Il est tombé dedans quand il était petit

March 4, 2005

"L'écologie? Il est tombé dedans quand il était petit!" (Ecology? He fell in it when he was small!) Those of you who are familiar with Astérix and Obélix will know that this is a reference to Obélix the Gaul. Obélix...

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Posted by céline on March 4, 2005
Idioms, Interpreting

La bise

December 17, 2004

This funny post by petite anglaise reminded me that after my jaunt in Dunkirk, I wanted to write a post on the delicate subject of kissing. The two-year project I've been part of as an interpreter is coming to an...

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Posted by céline on December 17, 2004
Interpreting

Do you speak Frenglish?

December 10, 2004

I'm back. I promised you anecdotes, so here are a couple of incidents, which are quite revealing of a well-publicised phenomenon: the invasion of English words into French. Coordinator: "Please write your ideas on the flip-chart." Céline: "Veuillez noter vos...

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Posted by céline on December 10, 2004
Interpreting

Badges and giggles

September 10, 2004

I spent the last two days interpreting, which I wasn't looking forward to, as my last two interpreting jobs were very difficult and stressful, for different reasons. One of them I mention in this entry, it's the one with the...

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Posted by céline on September 10, 2004
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Accent issues

July 7, 2004

Last night I was chatting to a Black police officer, and somehow we got onto the topic of accents. He said that at work, he was very aware of his Asian accent and did his best to adopt a Queen's...

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Posted by céline on July 7, 2004
Interpreting

Officially a high-flyer

May 13, 2004

I've interpreted in difficult conditions, while feeling tense, nervous, tired and even ill, but I never thought my biggest challenge would be to interpret while feeling like a four year old on Christmas morning. In a helicopter. Yesterday, I was...

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Posted by céline on May 13, 2004
Interpreting

Interpreting jokes

April 7, 2004

Jokes are a nightmare. I dread them. Interpreting between French and English people has taught me that humour is definitely culturally defined. I've often had to say to French people, curious to hear why their English partners were giggling at...

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Posted by céline on April 7, 2004
Interpreting

How not to interpret

April 5, 2004

I loved the film Lost in Translation, and in particular (for obvious reasons), the scene where they shoot the commercial, with the interpreter helping the American actor and the Japanese director to communicate. Or is she? Here is the translation...

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Posted by céline on April 5, 2004
Interpreting

Interpreting nightmare

March 5, 2004

I've been away interpreting for two days in Hastings. This meeting certainly pushed my adaptation skills to the limit, as I had to deal with three very different styles of presentation, all with their own challenges. I think that, although...

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Posted by céline on March 5, 2004
Interpreting

A translator and an interpreter

February 25, 2004

Translators who, like me, are also interpreters, seem to be an odd kind of beast to most people. In the village where I grew up, Saint Martin de Hinx, my mum owns a minuscule shop, which brings you back a...

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Posted by céline on February 25, 2004
Interpreting

Lunch and Culture Shock

December 19, 2003

I’ve just spent two days interpreting in Dunkirk for a meeting between French and English partners. My favourite time of the day: lunch. And not just because of the food, but because a work lunch is one of the most...

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Posted by céline on December 19, 2003
Interpreting

The letter and the spirit

November 24, 2003

The subtleties of interpreting: it’s not just the words you say that carry the message, you also have to be careful about the tone of your voice. Illustration: I was interpreting in a very long meeting. It was around midday,...

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Posted by céline on November 24, 2003
Interpreting