Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Discussion Points for Session 7

These are the discussion points for session 7. Please refer to this page for the session schedule and details. Join the session!

Q1. For practicing interpreters joining this discussion, what percentage of your work is done in consecutive as compared to simultaneous?

Q2. In what situations are you called upon to interpret in consecutive mode?

Q3. What is new beyond the note pad?

Q4.  What do we refer to when we say "consecutive"? Wouldn't it be wiser to distinguish between situations requiring long consec (e.g. 5-10 minutes) and those requiring short(er) consec (under 5 minutes)?

Q5. Should consecutive go on being the building block of simultaneous?

Q6. Do you see consecutive dying out as an interpreting form, or growing in the future?

Q7. How does the expectation for fast delivery and speed impact the request for simultaneous in non-conference settings where consecutive might traditionally be used?

Q8. Can an interpreter make a living with consecutive alone?

Saturday, November 12, 2011

#IntJC still cooking

November 19 will be session 6 of #IntJC, the Twitter Journal Club on Interpreting.

Read about it from the initiative site here.

We will still have another two meetings into December before calling it quit for 2011 and think about next year.

As with so many initiatives, the launch benefited from curiosity and enthusiasm, buckets of retweets and tidbits of buzz and clicks on like buttons, but the dusk quickly settled down.

Everyone is busy. Me too. This sudden surge and sudden - relative - collapse is a standard pattern. Stews need time to cook. That's where fast food has an edge.

In a home party I was invited to some times ago in Tokyo, I announced ahead of time that I would cook, bringing in food and wares and preparing various salads in the friend's kitchen. I see one single condition to cook, which is the will to do it (#Cooking anyone?).

And the second single condition is the wish to please the eaters. While I was tending white slender asparagus, an invitee I knew in the past and met again that time after many long years snooped into the kitchen and unleashed a "Thanks God, I have been able to avoid THIS!" This being cooking, that looks so low on self-esteem scale. It's hard loving eaters who inadvertently bash the cook and enjoy a second service.

How does this relate to #IntJC? Dedication, the hardest stuff. We will see what will happen.

You can see it for yourself soon, next week on Saturday. If you are in town November 19th from 10 pm Tokyo time, somewhere around the world, with an access to the Internet, come and dine with strangers, over Twitter. Chances are you are reading this because you are involved with language interpreting, as a student, a practitioner, a trainer, a future student, a future practitioner, or because you are looking for an interpreter pr just interested.

Session 6 of Nov 19 is about conference interpreting. I am not into this myself, but there is always something to take away and munch later on through #IntJC session scripts. Go to the Archive section and read some past meeting records. They read, and "sound" like noisy TGF standing bars from 6 pm with a crowd. They feel much more meaningful once you enter the conversation. There are no credential needed to be part of it except some time on hand and the will to participate. Come to session 6.

Discussion Points for Session 6

These are the discussion points for session 6, courtesy of Michelle Hof. Please refer to this page for the session schedule and details. 


1) What did you do (or are currently doing or plan to do) to enter the market after your training?
2) Of the article’s 16 sections, which contain the best advice? And the worst? Were any tips completely new to you?
3) Do you have a Unique Selling Point (USP)? Do you think it’s necessary to have one?
4) What do you think about the author’s comments on markets, competition and rates?
5) What would you prefer: staff or freelance? How about volunteer work?
6) What is your experience with consortia, secretariats, agencies? Any lessons you’d like to share?


Thursday, November 10, 2011