AIIC - Note-Taking for Consecutive Interpreting

13 Jul 19

08:00 — 20:00

San Francisco, CA, USA

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Full-day Refresher Course with AIIC interpreter and trainer David Violet 

Consecutive Interpreting with notes is an essential skill for all interpreters. Moreover, you can shine and dazzle your clients with long, accurate pieces. You will likely be in a prominent position near the speaker. Good consecutive is also required for the certification exams of most international institutions. It is also a major pedagogical tool for most interpreting schools since the process can be examined over various phases and the sound of the original word choice is no longer present when it comes to the expression phase.

What is important to explore?

This course will provide a review of the interpreting process and work step-by-step through the building blocks of consecutive with notes. It will emphasize good understanding and analysis while taking notes. It will teach the note-taking system used in top interpreting schools. The system supports clear, accurate and complete interpreting including numbers, facts, names, emotions, register, and style of pieces ten-minutes or longer. This is an introductory or refresher course. Many months of practice will be necessary for the beginner to reach a professional level.

We will address concepts such as:

  • Notes as landmarks and memory as the guide on the message path
  • Page organization that conveys meaning by using columns, diagonal writing, recall lines, etc.
  • Note-taking in a way that supports understanding, feeling and analysis of the message
  • Symbols: those used by many professionals but most of all how to build your own organic symbols
  • Minimal notes that, unlike dense text, tell a story immediately
  • What you must note and what you can skip
  • The eye-memory-voice cycle in coordination with hands and notepad.

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