Note-taking for interpretation /in interpreting. “ A sharp memory is not as dependable as a broken pen” 好记性不如烂笔头 —— A Chinese old saying.
“A sharp memory is not as dependable as a broken pen”
好记性不如烂笔头—— A Chinese old saying
For many an interpreter, “note-taking” is said to be a “necessary evil”. It is regarded as an “evil” (especially by beginner) because it calls for a certain amount of distribution of attention or of the splitting of the power of attention and that, at the initial stage of training, might interfere in one’s listening. However, it is generally accepted as being necessary, and indeed essential, especially in case when the original speaker abruptly refers to a long series of figures or a long string of proper names of persons and places, or keeps on speaking for five or ten minutes.
Generally speaking, there are two special features in note-taking for the purpose of interpreting.
First, the purpose of note-taking in interpreting is to supplement memory efficiency, so as to ensure accuracy in work. This means, though highly necessary, the importance of note-taking should not be overemphasized. An interpreter must realize from the very beginning of his training that it is always memory on the basis of correct comprehension that plays the major role in ensuring accuracy in interpreting, not note-taking.
The practical points concerning note-taking in interpreting cannot claim to be comprehensive but they are relevant and worthy of attention.
Note that the interpreter’s foremost concern should be concentrating on listening to grasp the idea of the original speaker, and on this basis, to complete the listening- transference-speaking process speedily and accurately. Note-taking, though very important, plays a supplementary role in this process.
1) Offer students some choices, short paragraphs three times and ask students to reduce their number of words. The teacher should demonstrate the notes on the blackboard.
Mr. speaker, I think it is deplorable that the Premier has gone on a trip to Europe. Not only is the timing for such a trip wrong, it is too expensive. Furthermore, I understand he is now planning to go on to America. This will also turn out to be an absolute waste of money.
i. h 1: OK Pr→EurOnlyt + dear+/1: → US too waste $
ii. h OK →Eur∵t + dear1: → US waste $
“h” stands for speaker/chairman; $ 表示钱，↙表示连接
A marked increase has been recorded in productivity, exports have risen accordingly and so has the turnover. This has led to an increase in profits, but the amount of tax paid.
∴ Ex ↗too
∵ + profits
+ tax pd
Meaning can be divided into three layers.
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X → 外89企＋142 国，地 实 经 exch+ NZ Wel UK Card Jap 佐Phil 宿 马 槟X E发 → 世 E 接轨