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Practise splitting your attention

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The following text is taken from Five Principles and Five Skills for Training Interpreters, by Peter Kornakov at Bradford, and offers a chance to practise getting both of your brain's hemispheres working at the same time. 

  


  

A self-training exercise to improve attention and concentration and to make both hemispheres work synchronically. It can be used in any environment with moving or parked cars.

The most simple exercise is to go along any street, trying to repeat all the digits and letters of all the car number plates (going either in the same or the opposite direction).

Next level of difficulty: do the same and simultaneously translate or convert the same number plates from language 1 (L1) into language 2 (L2).

Next level of difficulty: do the same, simultaneously translating the plates into L2 and counting the number of cars in each colour in either L1 or L2 (e.g. 5 reds, 7 whites, 4 cherry, etc.)

Final level of difficulty: do the same, simultaneously translating the plates into L2 and counting the number of cars in each colour in both languages (e.g. five reds, siete blancos <“7 whites” in Spanish>, 4 cherry, ocho negros <“8 blacks” in Spanish>, etc.)

(Kornakov)

  


  

  

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