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I would like to train as a conference interpreter and my language combination is Italian A, English B and French C. I know that is not enough to apply to work for the EU. I also speak some Norwegian, but my level is well below that required for a C. My question is, is it worth trying to attain a higher level in this language, since it is not one of the official languages? Would it add value to my language combination?

asked 02 Feb '17, 08:21

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Here's the document with the language combinations making you potentially eligible for a test:

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answered 02 Feb '17, 08:35

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Gaspar ♦♦

Thank you. Norwegian is not on the list, but when I went to the open day a few years ago, there was a seat for the Norwegian delegate in one of the conference rooms, so I was wondering where they source their interpreters from.

(02 Feb '17, 08:40) Chirez

Norway and Iceland, if and when present, will usually talk English (while Switzerland might also talk FR or DE). Non-EU languages represent only 8% of SCIC's workload. The ones most used are sometimes tested (AR, RU, TR) in some booths. As a beginner, your combination should cover languages that'll allow you to work regularly. The institutions aren't keen on testing people just for the sake of adding them on their freelancers list, but never call them to give them work.

(02 Feb '17, 09:02) Gaspar ♦♦

Thank you, I will bear that in mind!

(02 Feb '17, 09:42) Chirez
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