It is my 3rd year in the university (+prep class and erasmus year: it makes 5 🙂 ). This year, we started taking interpreting classes, which is a very new thing to us. With every class, I am getting further away from interpreting. There is a huge stress on your shoulders during the interpreting practices in the class. You definetely lose some part of the next sentence while translating the previous sentence. I think it is totally different from translation. Compared to interpreting, translation is almost stress-free because you generally have enough time to think. Besides, you can always consult to a dictionary. I have found an interesting article showing how painful the interpreting process is. The article also talks about the interpreters. Here is the introduction part of it. You can read the rest of the article by clicking the link at the bottom:
“Have you ever sat down in an interpreter’s booth, put on the headphones and tried to interpret the incoming speech? I did when I was a young and rather naive student who thought that being bilingual meant one could interpret simultaneously. No sooner had I started that problems arrived. As I was outputting the first sentence, the second one was already coming in but I hadn’t paid enough attention to it. I remembered its beginning but not its ending. Very quickly I fell behind and I just couldn’t say anything more after a few minutes!
Many years later I still remember the scene vividly and because of it, but also because of my own research on the perception and production of speech, I have the utmost respect for interpreters and the training they have to go through to do their job well.
Interpreters come in various types (community, conference, sign language) and interpreting itself is diverse in that it can be consecutive or simultaneous. I will take two extreme cases of interpreting that differ on many aspects including age: bilingual children who act as interpreters and adult simultaneous interpreters (…) Read more”
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