on justice -Benedict/James Orbinski

''Justice only fails when we fail to imagine that it is possible. But like so many things, it depends not only on imaginings but on what we do.'' - James Orbinski

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Okay... Bear, or Chicken?

I was just searching for information on Interpretating, and came across an interesting article describing the working situation of an UN interpreter. And when the interviewee was asked how she would translate the following line into, for example, French, this is what was given:

'Don't count your chickens before they hatch.'


'Il ne faut pas vendre la peau de l'ours avant de l'avoir tue.'
(You must've sell the bear skin before you kill it.)

So... talk about efficient interpretation, eh?

UN Russian interpreter Preter Pyotr Avaliani said: "Simultaneous interpretation is like driving a car that has a steering wheel but no brakes and no reverse."

(SOURCE: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1309/is_n3_v28/ai_11547959/print)

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