European Commission - Interpretation

The Interpreting Service of the European Commission ensures that the citizens of Europe can communicate with each other and with the people working in the EU-institutions.

February 29th, 2016    

Speechmaking for Interpretation Teachers

Andrew Upton, interpreter in the English Booth, gives some interesting ideas on how to put together a good speech to test students' abilities, knowledge, skills, etc.

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February 24th, 2016    

Head of European Commission’s English interpreters interviewed

John Swales, the Head of the European Commission's English interpreters, is interviewed by Matthew Perret about the interpreting profession, what it's like, what you need to have in order to practice it and how to get in.

April 27th, 2015    

Speak your mother tongue where possible!

"Let the experts on taxation deal with the taxation part and the experts on communication deal with the communication part"
EC Interpreters Carlos Hoyos (ES) and Jarek Król (PL), in a slightly paradoxical move, speak (in English) about the importance of speaking your native language in multilingual meetings, about the consequences and political implications of using a lingua franca instead of your mother tongue, and the hopes and frustrations that come with being a conference interpreter.

November 17th, 2014    

What is interpreting?

Dick Fleming, former SCIC interpreter and trainer, explains: "As I see it, interpreting is the art of enabling people of different mother tongues to communicate with one another"... (10:16)

September 12th, 2014    

Interpreter training over the centuries - Part 2

In this second part, Dick Fleming focuses on the XXth Century. So called "Conference Interpreting in Consecutive Mode" was used for more or less the first time at the Paris Peace Conference at the end of the 1st World War... (07:53)

September 12th, 2014    

Interpreter training over the centuries - Part 1

Dick Fleming, retired SCIC Conference Interpreter, talks about the early history of interpreter training (09:07)