Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Interpreting and Translating building links with the city of Bath

Thu Jul 09 16:46:00 BST 2015

MA Interpreting and Translating students Georgina Banfield, Zosia Krasodomska-Jones, Jessica Johnstone and Abaigh Wheatley put their interpreting skills to the test at a prestigious two-day conference in the city. Run by the European Historic Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA), the eighth ‘Café of Europe’ was held at Komedia in Bath.

Day one saw students interpreting into their foreign languages for a public meeting ‘Bath: A Utopia of the Past, Present and Future’, for discussions, debates and a series of short lectures given by leading academics on a range of themes including Prior Park Landscape Garden and the history of music in spas. Portable interpreting booths were brought into the venue for the event and members of EHTTA. This was followed by a reception at the Roman Baths hosted by the Mayor of Bath and attended by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Bernie Morley.

Interpreting into foreign languages is not taught as part of the programme at Bath, but this did not deter Georgina, Zosia, Jessica or Abaigh who successfully interpreted simultaneously for the entire day, even interpreting lyric poetry, quotations, and a rendition of a Gilbert and Sullivan song (the speaker sang from the lectern!).

Day two saw the EHTTA General Meeting take place where our students interpreted consecutively for nine hours, covering all language combinations between them including lengthy stretches from French into Italian.

This was an extremely positive experience for The European Historic Thermal Towns Association who were delighted with the interpreting services provided by the University, and for our student interpreters, who were instrumental to the success of the meetings.

Elena Kidd, Course Director (MAIT European Stream) said:  "The students have all put in a great deal of work and have had such a mature attitude to the challenges thrown at them. We are very proud of them. An impressive start for our budding interpreters!"

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