Reading newspaper articles about the same events/subjects in
newspapers of both your A and C languages offers you the chance to see
how similar ideas are expressed independently in two languages without
interference from the other language. This will be very useful in
helping to avoid language interference (calque) when you interpret.
an exercise you can do, and an example of the same to
1. Find newspaper articles on the same subject
or more different languages (one of which should be your mother tongue)
2. Highlight passages where the same
conveyed in the different articles
3. Make a note of the equivalent versions for
The two articles below are taken from the Financial Times and Le Monde
on the same day in October 2004. Look below at how certain ideas are
expressed in the two languages. Remember though, these are just
examples of how you might to it, not examples of how you must do it.
The following pairs express the same idea, but are not
If you can avoid translating, and use instead, the expressions a native
speaker would use when talking about a subject spontaneously and
independently your interpretation will benefit.
the number of Americans living in poverty
ce sont 35,9 m d'Americains qui vivent dans la pauvrete
Numbers will come up every day of your interpreting
The fact that they are expressed diffferently in different languages
should not be overlooked unless you which to inflict a lot of calque on
the number of Americans living in poverty reached 35.9
2003 - an increase of 12.1%
le taux officiel de la population vivante dans la
est passe de 12,1% a...
toujours favorise les nantis au detriment de la classe
moyenne et des familles les plus pauvres
lavished favours on the wealthy to the detriment of
and low-income families.
It is not politically correct to talk about the
system in the UK and so it is often avoided, as we can see here.
du pain benit pour M. Kerry
play to the agenda of Mr Kerry
English doesn't use a lot of religious metaphor, the
French (and others) use them more frequently.
Malgre le rebonds de la croissance le revenu moyen des
menages n'a pas bouge en 2003, a 43,000$.
Despite a swift pick-up in economic growth, Americans
median household income was stagnant at 43,318$.