12 July 2, 2012Ideograms "We are particularly glad to inform you about an important increase in our company’s revenues, which rose by 10 percent, from 3.5 to 3.85 billion (*) dollars. This derives from huge sales of helicopters. The United States of America bought 50 and South Africa 20 of them. On the other hand we must relocate parts of our production in these countries."
13 July 2, 2012Important!!! Aneffective note-taking system allows you to concentrate on the ideas and concepts contained in the message, not on taking the notes. It is important to adopt a strategy or strategies that work best for you.
14 July 2, 2012Advice Contrary to what one might think, it is not appropriate to note the speech in shorthand since this would duplicate the task: First decipher the notes and then translate the language. The notes taken must thus be readable in any language just like pictograms which are understood worldwide (just think of the sketches symbolizing the different disciplines at the Olympic Games) since not related to any specific language. The interpreter must listen with utmost concentration to the speaker and only write the information which he or she judges sufficient to render the original, respecting its structure like names and titles of person or companies, figures, etc. Again, it must be understood that the aim of interpreting notes is not to transcribe the speech, i.e. it is not a different form of shorthand. The idea is to write the minimum that will, at a quick glance, elicit in the interpreters mind the ideas of the speech, so that it can be re- expressed in a different language.
15 July 2, 2012Extra!!! – Memory Training Check your learning style Train your short - term memory capacity: your ability to recall depends on how well you can organize what you have heard by finding patterns. Increase your analytical skills by reading a newspaper or magazine. After finishing each story, try to summarize what you read in a single sentence. Do this in all your working languages.
16 July 2, 2012 Tryprevious exercise after listening to a news report or a radio or television talk show. Summarize the main idea in a single sentence.
17 July 2, 2012Exercise a. Listen to the passage without taking notes and try to repeat as much as possible. b. Listen to the passage and write down keywords to help you remember the content. Then repeat as much information as possible. Compare the results you achieved with and without notes. Which worked best for you? c. As you listen to the passage, try to condense it into a few meaningful units. Organize the information into groups. For example, if a person were to list the schools she had attended and the subjects she studied, you could group the schools by location and the subjects studied by topic. Numbers can be grouped the way people recite phone or social security numbers, in groups of two, three, or four numbers, rather than as a string of unrelated numbers. Please note that when interpreting testimony you should maintain the speaker’s work sequence as spoken, except to accommodate the syntax of the target language. d. Do not allow your opinions to color your rendition of a speaker’s words, even if you have strong opinions about the subject matter. Pay close attention to your reaction to the text while listening and maintain the same level of language (register) as the speaker.