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Are women the best interpreters?do their brain or short memory work better than men?

asked 07 Sep '13, 12:23

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edited 07 Sep '13, 19:38

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I don't think so. I've read that women and left-handed men may have a head start, since their brain hemispheres tend to exchange more information than their right-handed men's counterparts do. Nevertheless, thanks to brain plasticity (, after much practice, both men and women should attain - ceteris paribus - the same level of expertise.

If you want to know more about brain functions in interpreting, you may want to read Laura Gran's studies.

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answered 07 Sep '13, 14:52

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edited 08 Sep '13, 05:43

Are women the best interpreters?

In my humble opinion, the mastery of the pure interpreting techniques (e.g. recul/décalage in sim, consec note technique) is only one of many aptitudes a good interpreter has to possess. And when it comes the ensemble, I'd tend to say (just a feeling, no studies at hand) that personal past experiences play a bigger role than gender.

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answered 08 Sep '13, 11:46

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A good interpreter has no gender. There are differences, of course, that students should be aware of, for example, difference between male and female intonation, but it has nothing to do with who is better.

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answered 06 Oct '13, 21:32

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check this out,

Why so few men? : Gender imbalance in conference interpreting

Research into the causes and consequences of a preponderance of women in the profession of conference interpretation and what men think about it.

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answered 03 Dec '15, 23:44

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No relevant study has been carried out yet on the differences between men and women interpreters. I agree with previous comments that interpreting has no gender and that there are so many factors to take into account that it would be impossible to even carry out a study on "Are women better interpreters?".

Still we can ask ourselves whether men and women work differenlty and apply different strategies, especially because we know from previous studies that, in everyday situation, women are better at verbal tasks and have a better verbal memory. So one can wonder whether these differences apply to interpreting.

A colleague and I are completing a Ph.D on the subject, so wait a few more years and we might have a better answer to that question ;)

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answered 04 Dec '15, 12:27

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