Friday, September 25, 2009

Translator collapsed during Khadafy's rambling diatribe

"After struggling to turn Khadafy’s insane ramblings at the UN into English for 75 minutes, the Libyan dictator’s personal interpreter got lost in translation.

"I just can’t take it any more," Khadafy’s interpreter shouted into the live microphone – in Arabic."

[Full article]


Blogger Tobie said...

I have a friend doing a master's in translation and she says they did a drill for simultaneous translation in which they just tried to repeat, in the same language, what another person was saying. They discovered that it was generally possible to lag only a half a word behind the person since your mind could sort of guess where the sentence was going. Which meant that if the other person spoke complete nonsense, it was just about impossible.

Also, that man is going to lose at the very least his job. Poor guy.

September 26, 2009 8:44 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

I've never tried simultaneous translation. It sounds impossible to me, but I am sure it is a matter of training...

G'mar tov and an easy fast, Tobie.

September 27, 2009 8:01 AM  
Blogger Tobie said...

And to you as well.

September 27, 2009 1:35 PM  

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