The following text is taken from Claudia
Monacelli's excellent book Messaggi
in codice. Analisi del discorso e strategie per prenderne appunti".
The book offers lots of great ideas on consecutive interpreting, but
the table below is equally as useful for simultaneous preparation. This
extract was kindly translated into English and sent in by Claudia
Before you try and interpret any speech, consecutively or
simultaneously, don't just research the subject matter, research the
speaker as well. Try answering some of the questions below for each
Has the speaker written anything on the topic before?
Are there any articles/books already published on the
Does the location have anything to do with promoting
literature on the topic?
Have you ever seen the speaker before?
Is the speaker linked to any special causes, events,
Where does the speaker generally voice his/her opinion?
Will the speaker be alone or speak on a panel and how
will each person speak?
Is this a keynote speech? If so, will it be followed by
question and answer session?
Are the premises open all year round or do they house
events on a seasonal basis?
Is the speaker in any way related to the place housing
Will the location influence the speaker’s words in any
Is the location to be commemorated by the speaker?
Why has this person been chosen for this occasion?
Will the speaker make opening remarks, introductory
statements, or closing remarks?
Is the occasion incidental or of relevance to the