Simultaneous Interpreting Practice #5 – Bonsai Theft (Mandarin into English)

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An English-speaking police officer is visiting the home of a Mandarin-speaking woman. You have been called to interpret for them. The officer has asked the woman to describe her experience with the police who recently investigated the theft of a bonsai in her garden. You will be interpreting for the Mandarin-speaking woman in real time.

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Simultaneous Interpreting Practice #5 – Bonsai Theft (Mandarin into English)

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Simultaneous Interpreting Practice #4 – Renal Unit (English into Mandarin)

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You have been called to interpret at a hospital during a COVID-19 outbreak. The agency has asked you to interpret for a nurse at a renal unit. The nurse will be providing advice for people on dialysis.

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Simultaneous Interpreting Practice #4 – Renal Unit (English into Mandarin)

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Simultaneous Interpreting Practice #3 – Kidney Cancer (Mandarin into English)

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You have been called to interpet at a hospital. A Mandarin-speaking woman is talking to an English-speaking kidney specialist. She has asked you to interpret what she says into English in real time to the doctor.

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Simultaneous Interpreting Practice #3 – Kidney Cancer (Mandarin into English)

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Simultaneous Interpreting Practice #1 – Drug Possession (Mandarin into English)

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A Mandarin-speaking man has been arrested by the police who have asked him to describe his previous drug conviction. You will be interpreting what he says into English in real time.

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Simultaneous Interpreting Practice #1 – Drug Possession (Mandarin into English)

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Between Languages 017: How To Translate Chinese “Society” into English

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Today we are dedicating a whole episode to discussing the translation of just one word: 社会 shèhuì, “society”. Like many modern concepts (economy, science, culture, etc.) the exact term did not exist natively in the Chinese language. As a result, it is used very differently in Chinese as compared to English, which can create problems for beginning and professional translators alike..

Between Languages 015: How to Translate Proper Nouns Between Chinese and English

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For many translators, the names of people, places, and organizations are not a big challenge. However, when translating between Chinese and English, they can be very time-consuming to deal with. In this week’s podcast, I explore some of the common issues and offer advice to beginning and advanced translators alike.