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A group of friends and I who all graduated from interpreting courses last summer have a big (pro bono) conference coming up in a few weeks. As we live on different continents (oh, the glamour!) we've been looking for a way to practise in a group, now we're in the home stretch before the big day. The obvious solution would be to practise using videoconferencing tools such as Google hangout or Skype.

Does anyone have any experience with this kind of thing? I know the EMCI often hold videoconferences among schools. They seem to experience a few technical difficulties (time lag etc). Obviously what we're doing is on a smaller scale, but any tips or advice would be great! Thank you!

asked 30 Apr '13, 10:13

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Dear Louise,

I've being practising simultaneous interpreting using WebEx for some months now. It is free for up to 3 simultaneous users.

But of course you can use Google+ Hangouts, too. I know for a fact that Al Navas and Gerda Prato-Espejo have being using Hangouts for this purpose. You may want to contact them.

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answered 30 Apr '13, 10:50

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Thanks Nacho! That's also really helpful. :)

(01 May '13, 04:35) Louise

I've never tried it for group practice purposes. If you're on different continents, different time zones might be a problem.

Why not do it old school?

1) The speaker records his speechs, sends it to the interpreters (+ why not contribute to the speechpool database? That would be kind!).

2) Interpreters do the exercice whenever suits them best (no more endless "who is available online when"-discussions) and record themselves.

3) Afterwards, they send their performance to whoever in the group will be doing the assessment.

This way, the same speech can be used several times and the jury can listen more carefully both to the original and the performance.

It requires a bit more discipline but also turns out to be less tiring on the technical side. I've done Skype conference calls where the group spent more time waiting for X, who's connection was randomly dropping or Y who was interrupted by his better half, etc.

Oh, one thing you might not know: If you're recent graduates and had access to the SCIC SpeechRep in the past, you can ask your course director to recreate you a login.

Quoting an e-mail I received from the SpeechRep Team:

[As] a graduate from [a CI course] you are granted access to the Speech Repository via your former university. We recommend you to get in contact with the coordinator for the Speech Repository at [the school], who will be able grant you access.

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answered 30 Apr '13, 10:31

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Thanks so much Gaspar! That does sound like a better solution and is probably less time-consuming in the long run. And hallelujah praise the Lord RE: the Speech Repository!

(30 Apr '13, 10:35) Louise
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