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Consecutive Interpreting


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Table of Contents


Part I

1. Introduction

What is consecutive interpreting? When is consecutive interpreting used? Who can be a consecutive interpreter? Why learn consecutive? Should we learn consecutive before simultaneous? How good is good enough? About this book How to use this book 2. Presentation Posture Delivery Practice


3. Consecutive without notes

A word about memory Chunking What you already know Narrative prompts Visual prompts Structural prompts Logical prompts Notes


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4. Analysis

Structural breakdown Mind maps Sections Mini-summaries Section diagrams Logical analysis Recognizing and splitting ideas Notes

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5. Preparation and practice

Preparation Exam preparation Practice 6. Note-taking Abbreviations Ideas Clauses Verticality Links Symbols Values (more and less important) What language to note in

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7. Noting less Memory prompts Things in front of you Obvious in context Obvious from the structure of the notes 8. Reformulation What is reformulation? Why reformulate? How to reformulate How does consecutive facilitate reformulation? 9. Effort management in consecutive What is effort? Preemptive effort management Directionality Notes as an effort management tool

Part II

10. Advanced presentation Differences between interpreting and speaking Style Preparing for a real meeting room Looking at your audience Notes as stage direction 11. Advanced Analysis Types of speech Speech analysis in the media Structure maps Echos Rhetorical devices 12. Advanced preparation Practice The situation Preparing the content 13. Protocol and practicalities Dress code Interpreting equipment Survival equipment What to do when you arrive on site During the speech and after Tips from other authors 14. Digitally-assisted consecutive Simultaneous consecutive Note-taking on a tablet computer Real-time transcription Pros and cons Appendix 1 Versions of the tasks set Chapter 2: Presentation Chapter 3: Memory Chapter 4: Analysis Chapter 6: Note-taking Chapter 11: Advanced analysis Chapter 12: Advanced preparation Appendix 2 Memory techniques The memory palace Visual linking

Appendix 3 The Example Speeches

1: Javid 2: Jobs 3: Lumumba 4: Ralston 5: Martin Harvey 6: Bishop 7: Sinofsky 8: Homden 9: Gonzales 10: Bett 11: Kyles 12: Obama 13: Asani 14: Barker 15: Haley 16: Romecki 17: Baird Glossary Bibliography Index

About the Author

Andrew Gillies trains students, interpreters and interpreter-trainers worldwide on behalf of universities, international institutions and the International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC). He is the author of several books, including Note-taking for Consecutive Interpreting (2017), and also created the Interpreter Training Resources website.


"In this book, Andrew Gillies surveys the knowledge and wisdom of renowned interpreter trainers spanning decades and myriad publications. He then deftly distills it into a single volume on consecutive interpreting. It is straightforward and well organized and will be an excellent reference for teachers and students alike."

Barry Slaughter Olsen, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, USA

"Andrew Gillies' first book on note-taking was my first encounter with a clear, logical and effective method to teach consecutive! This new publication brings a much more complete view of consecutive plus adds lots of new ideas which will surely make the process even smoother for both trainers and students."

Raquel Schaitza, AIIC Brazil, Brazil

"Expanding on his previous books on note-taking, and based on his experience, Andy Gillies has managed to produce a most comprehensive, detailed and helpful manual on consecutive interpreting. Although the advice and suggestions it contains are best suited to newcomers, seasoned conference interpreters will also find plenty to sink their teeth into."

Andrea Alvisi, Attitude Translations, UK

"This book is useful for both those who are studying interpreting as well as those who are in charge of interpreting education. ... As a guidebook for sequential interpreting based on the experience of sequential interpreting as of 2019, based on many years of experience, this book is very valuable and can be recommended."

Tsuruta Chikako, JAICS, November 2019

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