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Hello everybody!

I'll be starting a Master's degree in CI this October and was wondering whether I should acquire a dictaphone for practicing purposes. I came across this interesting post on dummy boothing and concluded that taking a dictaphone to my interpreting classes might be a good idea. After all, I do want to benefit as much as I can from my teacher's comments. Is this something you would recommend to an aspiring interpreter?

What about Audacity? Personally, I think it sounds good and I'm tempted to download it. What are your thoughts on using this software to record interpretation?

Thanks in advance for your help! :)

Annie

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At the University of La Laguna students are given their own mp3 recorder on the first day of classes - and it never leaves their side for the rest of the year!

As a trainer, I feel quite strongly about the benefits of working with recordings of both the original speeches (e.g. to do a speech a second or third time) and your own performance (e.g. so you can hear what you did and compare with your trainer's comments). I doubt any school would frown upon the use of recording device in class. At Westminster, where I trained, we were encouraged to purchase a recorder and bring it to class.

Of course, as Alexander says, these days you can make recordings with any smartphone, so you hardly need to go out and buy something new.

I also agree with Angelika that there is not much point in recording your trainer's comments to listen to them again at home. But my students don't record the whole class, just the speech material and/or their own renditions.

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answered 27 Aug '12, 05:50

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Dear Michelle and Angelika,

Thank you for your replies! It sounds like I should seriously consider getting an mp3 recorder - or rather a smartphone ;). Obviously, being able to hear my performances and the trainer's comments again will only help me to improve.

Michelle, I just wanted to let you know I'm a great fan of your blog! I can't tell you how much I've learned about interpreting thanks to your posts! Please, keep up the good work! :)

(28 Aug '12, 16:44) Annie

Sounds like a reasonable idea, provided, of course, you have the teacher's consent. By the way, if you have a reasonably modern phone, it should have audio recording built in.

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answered 25 Aug '12, 11:02

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Thanks Alexander! I guess I'll just have to wait and see if the teachers won't mind the dictaphone/cell phone! :)

(25 Aug '12, 17:39) Annie

When I was studying, I used a dictaphone to record the speeches and practice them once again at home but I think that universities offer other facilities for that purpose now. It sounds like a good idea but I think that you also should be careful not to spend too many times re-listening to teachers' comments. It is important to listen to them attentively and note the important one's down. But then, the most important thing is to train with new speeches (or with newspaper articles) in order to put the comments into practice.

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When I was studying, I used a dictaphone to record the speeches and practice them once again at home but I think that universities offer other facilities for that purpose now. It sounds like a good idea but I think that you also should be careful not to spend too many times re-listening to teachers' comments. It is important to listen to them attentively and note the important one's down. But then, the most important thing is to train with new speeches (or with newspaper articles) in order to put the comments into practice.

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