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I am a native speaker of Persian from Iran and a PhD candidate in English Language Teaching.

There is no interpreting school for Persian speakers aspiring to become conference interpreters. What should we do?

Is self-training the only way to become an interpreter? What other ways are available for speakers of Persian and other less-known languages? Any program, application, pills to swallow? What?

asked 02 Apr '12, 12:37

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Mohamad Iman...

edited 02 Apr '12, 12:56

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Vincent Buck

Hi Mohamad,

I wouldn't advise teaching yourself. It's very difficult for lots of reasons - no feedback, no assessment, no help, no practice materials, noone to compare yourself to etc etc.

There is, though, at least one school that teaches Persian-English.

ISIT in Paris had 2 Persian speaking students last year and has 1 this year and teaches Persian-English whenever students apply and gain admission.

Good luck!

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answered 02 Apr '12, 13:31

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edited 02 Apr '12, 13:32

I agree with Andy. If you train yourself you ll internalize incorrect ways of doing things. They will be very very hard to unlearn later.

Find a mentor, a seasoned interpreter who ll comment on your performance.

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answered 06 Nov '16, 23:35

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