International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Note-taking Strategies in English- Chinese Consecutive Interpreting: Teaching and Practice
Jinyu Liu Liang Li

Note-taking is a critical part of the interpreting process, and a particularly much-debated topic in content-heavy conference interpreting practice. The paper aims to identify methods of improving interpreting note-taking strategies, and to inspire the future teaching of note-taking skills. The case is a conference interpreting carried out at the 2014 National Green-ecological Urban Planning Technology Workshop. The paper presents the English-Chinese consecutive interpreting scenarios and conducts pertinent analysis of coping strategies. Examples extracted from the full scripts are analyzed, along with the corresponding notes from the recreated fulllength notes. Six strategies are discussed. It argues that a consistent note-taking system helps the interpreter save time and increase efficiency in taking notes; consistent notations, abbreviations and links are the solid foundation.

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