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Japan’s interpreters struggle to make sense of ‘Trumpese’

As political leaders in Japan pay close attention to how U.S. President Donald Trump will go in office, so, too, are interpreters who have had a nightmarish experience translating his disjointed speeches. “He rarely speaks logically, and he only emphasizes one side of things as if it were the absolute truth. There are lots of moments when I suspected his assertions were factually dubious,” said Chikako Tsuruta, who routinely covers Trump-related news as an interpreter for CNN, ABC and CBS. “He is so overconfident and yet so logically unconvincing that my interpreter friends and I often joke that if we translated his words as they are, we would end up making ourselves sound stupid,” Tsuruta,

How interpreters work

Interpreting can be done in different ways, depending on the setting, how much time is available, how many languages are used, and whether or not technology is available. Conference interpretation can be simultaneous or consecutive. Simultaneous Interpreting The interpreter sits in a booth, listens to the speaker in one language through headphones, and immediately speaks their interpretation into a microphone in another language. The interpreting equipment transmits the inteepretation to the headphones of the listeners in the meeting room. Simultaneous interpretation is appropriate in bilingual or multilingual meetings and has the advantage of not lengthening the meeting. It encourages a liv

Business English vs General English?

What Distinguishes Business English? English is the language of international business, and Business English can be defined as the use or application of English language skills as a global business communication tool. A general English course for business people is not Business English as such. Likewise, it is not just about learning lots of business vocabulary. Of course, it does involve this, but it is a great deal more than just that. It is, in effect, all about the acquisition of an international communication skill-set, using the medium of the English language. Most people using Business English in the global workplace are non-native English speakers, from a variety of cultures, languag

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