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Dear all,

this question has probably already been asked, but I couldn't find any answers...So I'll give it a try.

I am looking for exercises to practice the "where-is-the-speech-going type anticipation"? :-) I often see myself lost in speeches, because I don't know what the presenter wants to explain - if I already had a better idea, I would know that I'm at least on the "right path" when interpreting :-)

And do you know a good online source of TV news shows, where I can keep up-to-date what is happening in the world in all my working languages? It shouldn't be too long, because if it was half an hour, I would have to watch the news for 2 hours every day since I have 4 languages. :-) I'm looking for something similar like the "Tagesschau" in Germany or "Zeit im Bild" in Austria for my other languages (English, Portuguese, French).

Thanks for your help! :)

asked 04 Apr '19, 04:10

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I would make the second half a separate question as well. It doesn't have much to do with the first half!

(04 Apr '19, 04:26) Andy

I mentioned a couple of really useful things you could do in my answer to your question about better understanding
"...reading and listening to lots of speeches in your spare time. Think about what's being said, maybe you can find analyses of speeches online (like this one of Steve jobs famous speech). You could also try reading books about how to write speeches "

Another very simple exercise is to listen to a speech and stop the recording at any point and then try to anticipate what's coming next. Then listen, compare what was said with what you thought would be said. Think about what was different and why. Repeat (a lot)!

You'll also find a whole section on Anticipation in my Practice Book for Student Interpreters (D.31 - D.42 so 12 exercises in total).

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answered 04 Apr '19, 04:33

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edited 04 Apr '19, 04:35

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