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Hello, any tips or recommendations on political debate interpretation. Fr to Eng.

asked 26 Aug '15, 16:08

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Cyril Flerov

Generally speaking, a lot of political debates involve interruptions, interruption-questions, and answers (sometimes even questions!) whose length you don't know. Being prepared on the issues is paramount; when interpreting, get the topic out first, as that question (or answer) may suddenly end; and use as short a lag as possible, unless you're sure the speaker is going to keep going for a while.

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answered 30 Aug '15, 16:38

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William White

William's answer is right if you mean in your question political debates between a limited number of politicians, for example on TV. If you mean political debate in a parliament, then interruption is less of an issue as all comments are addressed to a chairperson who designates the next speaker. (The chair might well interrupt someone speaking, but it's less likely to be a with a content heavy comment and more likely to be a formality - like "your time is up" or "please answer the question").

On the other hand you will need to know very well a) the procedure of that parliament in general and b) the part of the procedure governing the current discussion; how any previous discussions went; and what has been said earlier in this discussion, even if that was your half hour off.

For example a parliament will most likely be discussing a document, usually draft legislation, or more specifically amendments to a proposal document. Is this a first discussion, a second one? In committee or the full parliament? If you're before the full parliament then how did the committee discussion and vote go? What were the controversial issues and how do the parties stand on them? Is there dissent within the main parties? Are there procedural and substantial objections? etc etc. (Unfortunately little of this information will be readily available in a usable format. You'll have to dig it out. Working in the institution regularly seems the best way to keep up on these issues.

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answered 07 Sep '15, 17:17

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Know how one insults (politely) a fellow politician: recognize the signs and words in French, and know how and when to say "my esteemed colleague" in English.

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answered 09 Sep '15, 06:28

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