B.15 General knowledge collocation
Aim: to practise using general knowledge to reconstruct missing parts of the original.
You will need: a speaker, a list of collocations of proper names.
Have the speaker of speeches used in practice mumble a few words incomprehensibly, or cough over one half of a collocation. Using your general knowledge, fill in the gaps. This can be done with both consecutive and simultaneous speeches. Do this exercise first as a monolingual exercise, for instance from English to English, and then later from one language to another.
For example, ‘cheddar cheese’ would be halved to ‘cheddar cough’ and the interpreters would be required to complete the gap. Other examples of the type of collocation with which speeches could be liberally sprinkled are: Amnesty International, Buckingham Palace, Hereditary Peers, London Eye, Scotland Yard.
(Gillies) Gillies, Andrew. Conference Interpreting. Routledge, 20130724. VitalBook file.