Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

Many people wonder how you “study” T&I. Some have asked me how I study for exams, and it is simply based on practice, practice, practice. These are the websites or podcasts that I use to learn new vocabulary or to practice simultaneous and consecutive interpreting.

1. Democracy Now!

Democracy Now is a news program hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. I especially like it because it is independent and not affiliated with any corporation, which explains why it has received awards in the past. Luckily, the Spanish version is released along with the original version everyday. You can listen to it from many radio frequencies, the main web page or download the podcast.

2. TED Talks

If you want to listen to a speech about anything, you should definitely check out TED. The topics range from humanitarian issues, new technology, religion, the economy and even the most unexpected topics you could imagine (How to Spot A Liar). You can download all the speeches you want as podcasts, as well.

Click on the following link for one of my favorite TED Talks (it’s actually a bit tough to interpret):

3. Oral Practice Exam (Spanish-English Federal Court Interpreter Certification Examination)

You can practice some legal interpretation with this mock exam. MP3 recordings of judicial exams are hard to find, so make sure you take advantage of it.

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