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K. Renato Lings

Interpreting



Definition of 
Interpreting

Instant verbal expression in another
language of a spoken message. 

For the sake of clarity, the term Interpreting
is preferred to 'interpretation', which has
wider applications.



Interpreter versus Translator

In common parlance interpreters and translators are often called,
simply, 'translators'. However, in the profession we make a
technical distinction: interpreters focus on the spoken word
while translators engage with the written word.  



Modes of Interpreting

The most common modes of interpreting are:

Consecutive

Consecutive interpreting is performed sequentially. In practice,
the interpreter's voice alternates with that of the speaker.

Simultaneous

Simultaneous interpreting is performed via a microphone,
often from a booth, or whispered (no microphone).
The interpreter speaks in the other language at the same time
as the person who has the floor. In practice, the interpreter's
version trails a few seconds behind the original message.

  

Guidelines for Interpreters

In 2011
I wrote a compendium for interpreters entitled

The Friendly Conference Interpreter

This is a practical guide to help organizers and
volunteers to provide effective bilingual or
multilingual interpreting services at
international Quaker events.


This thirty-page handbook is available from
Friends World Committee for Consultation.
The address is:

FWCC Section of the Americas, 1506 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
americas@fwccamericas.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Languages


I have interpreted from and
into three languages, in
any combination:


Danish

English

Spanish

 

Areas of Interest



Bible

Religion

Social Issues

Human Rights

Gender & Sexuality

International Affairs


Qualifications

Degree in Translation & Interpreting 1976

 

 

 

 

 



Interpreting Experience

A wide range of international conferences since 1976

19942002
European Parliament in Brussels,
Luxembourg & Strasbourg



Interpreting and Training

 1980s
International Rehabilitation Centre for Victims
of Torture (IRCT), Copenhagen

Since 1985
Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC)
London & Philadelphia