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*Hi everybody, I have a question that is, what does language A, B, C mean? someone said Language A and B is active, the destined part of translation, while Language C is passive, the original part of translation, is that right,thansk! *

asked 08 Oct '12, 05:52

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edited 09 Oct '12, 12:37

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Vincent Buck

Hi, Adam:

I have an answer from AIIC website,classification of A,B,C languages,hope this may help you. :-) Paris

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answered 08 Oct '12, 06:12

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Paris Si de ...

From the student interpreters forum:

Comprehensive article and comments about A/B/C languages

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answered 15 Jan '13, 12:53

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edited 15 Jan '13, 13:45

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Dear Karolin: This entry is a little bit long. May I delete the text and leave only the hyperlink to the complete text in the forum? Thank you for having found this very interesting discussion in the forum.

(15 Jan '13, 13:07) Angela

Oh, of course! I am sorry, I didn't realize it was too long for the forum.

(15 Jan '13, 13:10) KaPe

Thank you! I'll delete our comments later. Please send me your e-mail address if you don't mind (mine is in my user's profile)

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(15 Jan '13, 13:48) KaPe

Moderator comment: Thanks for editing Karolin. It's not that the original entry was too long - interpreting info welcomes well researched answers - but cutting and pasting material found elsewhere violates fair use. It's always better to link to the source material instead

(15 Jan '13, 18:33) Vincent Buck

I never intended to just copypaste the original article without stating that it wasn't mine, which is why I put the link in the first version as well. I just thought I'd copy the text because I wasn't sure if everyone would be able to read the forum post without having an account.

(15 Jan '13, 18:49) KaPe
showing 5 of 6 show 1 more comments go the aiic definitions:

"The working languages of members of the Association shall be classified in three categories, called 'A', 'B' and 'C', which shall be further defined as follows:

Active languages:

A: The interpreter's native language (or another language strictly equivalent to a native language), into which the interpreter works from all her or his other languages in both modes of interpretation, simultaneous and consecutive.

All members must have at least one 'A' language but may have more than one.

B: A language other than the interpreter's native language, of which she or he has a perfect command and into which she or he works from one or more of her or his other languages. Some interpreters work into a 'B' language in only one of the two modes of interpretation.

Passive languages:

C: Languages, of which the interpreter has a complete understanding and from which she or he works."

Irrespective of details and grey areas, active (target) languages are those one interprets INTO and passive (source) languages those one interprets OUT OF.

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answered 08 Oct '12, 06:11

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