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This is more a question for experienced conference interpreters…. How do you continuously monitor the quality of your work. Do you record yourself whilst working to check you are up to scratch? Do you rely on your colleagues to tell you? Or do you use any other technique ?

asked 18 Jul '13, 08:50

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Hi Marta,

I periodically record and listen to about 20 minutes of my own work - usually it ends up being once a year or so. (And one has to be careful not to inadvertently record in meetings that are confidential). It's good to listen to what the client is listening to, sometimes a little humbling and I will very often find that I have developed little bad habits - so the process is quite useful. Most of the time I will only have my version recorded, and not the original as well. But there are meetings that are webstreamed and/or archived online where both the original and the interpreted version are available to pore over.

Feedback from colleagues is rare - barring the occasional "well done" after something hideously difficult that one has just about survived. And that's more reassurance than feedback so doesn't really count. I think we are all a bit too inhibited (at least in the EN booth) to point out technique flaws (as opposed to helping with some terminology or an explanation of a concept which is fairly common practice).

NB. The EU institutions offer written assessments as part of a regular assessment procedure. And the EU Commission has a points rating from 1-4 for quality.

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answered 18 Jul '13, 13:43

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edited 18 Jul '13, 14:56

When interpretation is webcast and the file stays on the client's public website, such as the ECB, I make sure to listen to what I have produced. It's always useful to try and get rid of bad habits.

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answered 26 Jul '13, 12:39

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As your skill is becoming better, you are shifting more from what you hear to what you say. The ultimate stage of the process is identification with the delegate ie some part of your consciousness during interpretation is constantly asking you: if I were a delegate and if I were in the room right now would I understand what the interpreter is saying? This habit becomes automatic and sometimes prevents the interpreter from saying nonsense he is about to say. This self monitoring integrates well into the flow of SI. I call it "sanity check." See my schematic at:


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answered 11 Sep '13, 01:08

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