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Section 2

First-timers. Pre-interpreting exercises

On this occasion I will try to give you ideas on where to find speeches of Social Forums in your language combination and which ones to choose. Then I will write up some advice for you to improve your acquisition of specific Forum vocabulary and, partly as a result of this, your simultaneous interpreting techniques in the exercises proposed.

Please download the programme Audacity 1.2.6 (if you do not have it yet, it is free software) or similar voice-recording software and work on recording yourselves. You may also need DivX Player to view the videos.

Please also read 2.1 and 2.2 on how to find more speeches, how to choose them and how to create them, as well as the external resources on public-speaking skills. Participate in the Forum on open-source initiatives.

Case Study

You will first interpret a very general introduction to a speech talking about Israel and Palestine. Make sure you know about the conflict in general.

  • If this is your first day, listen to the video once or twice and note down any difficult words you encounter, before trying to interpret it. Try some of the pre-interpreting exercises I propose (see below).
  • Listen to it again while you do a summary in your native language, recording yourself with Audacity. (If this is your first day, stop whenever you need to and start again, play around with Audacity to learn how it works).
  • Repeat the exercise as many times as necessary.
  • Only after you have attempted to interpret video 1 (Israel and Palestine), and recorded yourself, have a look at the transcript of the video. Underline the most difficult vocabulary and try to find it in your mother tongue.

Activities and documents

2.1 How to choose speeches from the Internet

Structuring a speech

2.2 Searching for Speeches from the Internet

Listen attentively

Video 1 Israel and Palestine
Open-source initiatives
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