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Hi, I'm a student of translation and interpreting and by now my languages are Italian (A) English, French and Spanish. So far I have not decided which language to use as a B and I have not practiced Spanish for interpreting yet. (I'm still at year 2 of a 3-year first-level degree in translation and interpreting).

However, since I've been reading that it is absolutely crucial to look at factors such as the current demand in the interpeting market in order to have a career as an interpreter, I was wondering which language would be best to learn with regards to this.

asked 22 Apr '14, 05:51

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edited 22 Apr '14, 05:53

The answer will depend where you see yourself working... if it's in Italy, on the private market, for private clients, then Danielle (below) is certainly right. If you're aiming at the EU then Gaspar is closer to the mark.

(23 Apr '14, 05:38) Andy

Absolutely no hesitation: English would be the most useful B language.

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answered 22 Apr '14, 06:15

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EU language profiles in demand for 2014

Demand can't be really predicted several years in advance.

You can find languages in demand for the EU institutions for different EU A languages in the document above. German usually is a good choice in 'latin' booths. Four C languages would probably be more interesting for that market, rather than adding a B.

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answered 22 Apr '14, 06:21

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Gaspar ♦♦

I agree. Things change very fast. Two or three ago, several newspaper articles (citing very convincing sources) were published on how institutions would very soon need my combination a lot because of interpreters retiring. Now it is no longer true at all (actually it never was true).

(14 May '14, 15:36) mflorian
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