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What is the average word per minute for Spanish-speaking delegates at the EU institutions? Anyone ever clocked it?

asked 18 Oct '12, 12:09

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edited 18 Oct '12, 14:34

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Hi Tezajovy,

I guess it depends. And I think that you'll find the highest (reading) speed during the plenary sittings in Strasbourg. You can just take a text randomly and do the maths by yourself:

For example, in this debate on the threat posed by chartering to flag state responsibilities under the CITES Convention, the speaker Gabriel Mato Adrover reads at 10:49 am in less than 5 minutes 810 words (here is the transcript of the text). That means that he reads at a speed of over 165 words per minute, which is, as you can imagine, way too fast. The normally agreed reading speed for a text for which interpretation is to be provided must not exceed 100 words per minute.

Unfortunately I don't think you will be able to find the average word-per-minute speed for all Spanish-speaking delegates at all EU institutions...

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answered 18 Oct '12, 14:55

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edited 18 Oct '12, 14:57

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The European parliament plenary speeches are usually strictly timed and the transcripts always available. So actually it's quite easy to get a word count for most speakers (at least for the EP plenary)

(20 Oct '12, 05:19) Andy
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