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I'm an interpreting student and I'd need some help from professional intepreters for my dissertation. Basically I'd need a general view of what professional interpreters think about the increased use of English even by non-native speakers at conferences, and what are the main difficulties when interpreting (simultaneously) a non-native accent as opposed to a clear, native one. Any help will be much appreciated. Thanks! :)

asked 21 Feb '14, 18:39

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edited 22 Feb '14, 11:14

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I'd need a general view of what professional interpreters think about the increased use of English even by non-native speakers

This part of the question is probably covered by an already existing topic:

why-should-speakers-use-their-mother-tongue-even-if-they-know-other-languages

and what are the main difficulties when interpreting (simultaneously) a non-native accent as opposed to a clear, native one.

You can get used to an accent within minutes and even find it easier to understand the accent of a speaker who's mother tongue is your A or B language than to deal with a Scottish or Irish delegate.

In my experience, the main difficulty won't be the accent per se, but the articulation of the speech. A rationale expressed by the Slovak (or any other) delegation in English words but with a Slovak sentence construction and 'way of thought' will be more demanding to interpret. There might be local idioms literally translated and difficult to understand when you know the US/UK culture, but not the culture of the delegate who will speak English/Globish.

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answered 21 Feb '14, 22:22

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