Note-taking should be considered as a talent or as a product of a hard work. Taking notes is easy; however, the point is ‘can you recall them later?’. If you study/studied interpreting a little bit, you know what I mean. Especially in consecutive interpreting, you take notes but when you go to top to interpret your notes, you just have no idea about what is written there. There may be some symbols, some abbreviations… If you want use different symbols for different words, stick to them; do not change them for every interpreting. For example, if you use “X” for negative words like cancel, don’t, isn’t, disapprove, disagree etc., do not use it for something else like “5times=5X”.
Fast note taking helps you not only for interpreting but also for conferences and lectures that you attend.
In this part of my article, I will write some basic initials and abbreviations. I hope they help.
i.e. that is
e.g. for example
etc. so forth
re: regarding, about
asap as soon as possible
yr, yrs year, years
c. circa, from the year
q&a question and answer
In the next post, I will go over some basic symbols for note taking. Follow us on Facebook!
I want to thank my Consecutive Interpreting lecturer for this information.