What features distinguish high profile interpreters? What are classified as 'advanced' skills?
Practice your techniques with a focus
Often, entry level interpreters find topical knowledge and industrial jargon are the barrier to practice basic interpreting techniques. A defined knowledge set creates a 'zooming' effect for students to look into and deliberately practice the specific techniques. This course will be looking at basic techniques in all interpreting modes: consecutive interpreting, interactive or bilateral interpreting, sight translation and simultaneous interpreting.
What are the techniques? Here are the fundamental ones
Clear articulation in Chinese and English at different environment, even when you have to change your pitch and/or volume.
Control of facial expressions when you are in front of the audiences
Management of attention, so that you can haven full intake of the source messages
Achieve deep learning of domain knowledge with ADVANCED interpreting skills
In the 21st century, we have experienced information explosion. Interpreters are now required to have pre-knowledge of particular industries (i.e. the banking industry, the robotics industry and the civil aviation industry), the business model, the products, the organization structure, the key roles within the organization, the relationship with clients and suppliers, and the approval procedure (if relevant) with local or central government bodies (i.e. tax department, regulatory departments and industrial associations).
Professionals learn to accumulate all of the above-mentioned knowledge when they gradually emerged into a particular section.
Interpreters, sadly, are not given a gradual learning process of all these matters when they have a big impact on the comprehension process of the 'Source Language' of the speakers.
Fortunately, with the interpreting skills, interpreters gain the ability to learn and remember faster, the 'nodes' of skills and knowledge will help the interpreter to achieve deeper and wider understanding that is required to become the high-profile interpreters.