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I will be interpreting a speech for my boss this weekend, and I am uncertain how to gender it since she is female and I am male. I know that that I should interpret in the first person, but is it going to look strange or funny if I am up there using feminine adjectives and pronouns to describe myself?

asked 04 Jun '15, 12:55

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edited 16 Jul '15, 15:49

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You're always the voice of the speaker. First person, no gender nor any other adaptations. If you're being professional (poker face), your audience will get used to it quite fast, not to worry.

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answered 04 Jun '15, 14:03

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edited 04 Jun '15, 16:21

...if it gets too ackward, you may throw in - once or twice, not more than that - a "says the speaker" with a suitably subtle change in tone; I remember doing it, when an obviously male voice referring for the 2nd or 3rd time to "my ovaries" drew some stares... :-)

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answered 04 Jun '15, 14:25

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It is the same issue when one has two people speaking to each other who are friendly. In my languages, one distinguishes between the familiar amd the formal "you," and when working I only ever use the formal forms. I asked my boss at the time what to do when the foreign high official used the familiar form to his US counterpart, amd I was told in no uncertain terms not to use any diminutives of names, but definitely to use the familiar "you." Which surprised the interlocutor at first, but since he started it, he got used to it quickly.

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answered 09 Jun '15, 09:33

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