2nd Edition

Note-taking for Consecutive Interpreting A Short Course

By Andrew Gillies Copyright 2017
    302 Pages
    by Routledge

    302 Pages
    by Routledge

    Note-taking for Consecutive Interpreting: A Short Course is the essential step-by-step guide to the skill of note-taking. The system, made up of a range of tried and tested techniques, is simple to learn, consistent and efficient. Each chapter presents a technique, with examples, tasks and exercises. This second edition has been extensively revised throughout, including:

    • an updated chapter on speech analysis
    • new chapters on comparisons and links
    • revised example speeches and notes
    • a summary of other authors' note-taking guidelines for comparison and reference (Part III).

    The author uses English throughout – explaining how and where to locate material for other languages – thus providing a sound base for all those working in the areas of conference interpreting and consecutive interpreting in any language combination. This user-friendly guide is a particularly valuable resource for student interpreters, professionals looking to refresh their skills, and interpreter trainers looking for innovative ways of approaching note-taking.

    Part I: The Basics Step-by-step


    What is consecutive interpreting?

    When is consecutive interpreting used?

    About this book

    Note-taking for consecutive interpreting

    About the notes

    About the examples

    How to use the book


    Chapter 1: Speech Analysis

    Speech writing guides

    Structure maps


    Mind maps

    Chapter 2: Recognizing and Splitting Ideas

    Chapter 3: The Beginning of Notes

    Chapter 4: Links

    Moving On…

    Taking notes directly

    Reproducing speeches from notes

    Note-taking from the spoken word

    Chapter 5: Verticality and Hierarchies of Values

    Parallel values

    Shifting values

    Parallel values 2

    Use of brackets

    Chapter 6: Symbols

    What is a symbol?

    Why use symbols?

    What to note with symbols

    How to use symbols

    Organic symbols

    Where to find symbols

    Chapter 7: Memory Prompts

    Structure can help recall information

    Things right in front of you

    Note the simple for the complicated

    Stories and jokes

    It depends on what you already know

    Chapter 8: What to Note

    Part II: Fine-tuning

    1. Clauses

    2. Rules of Abbreviation

    3. Verbs

    4. The Recall Line

    5. Uses of the Margin

    6. Implicit Links

    7. Pro-forms

    8. Noting Sooner, or Later

    9. How You Write it

    10. More on Symbols

    11. Things You Didn't Catch

    12. The End

    Part III: The Back of the Book

    1. Notes with Commentary

    Speech 1 - Hodgson

    Speech 2 – Patten

    Speech 3 - Torry

    Speech 4 – MacShane

    2. Versions of the Tasks Set

    3. The Examples

    4. Where to Find Practice Material


    Gillies, Andrew

    Reviews for the new edition:

    "The book really is a tour de force of logic, patient explanation, examples, and method. Gillies has a knack of explaining complex things simply. It is a must for any student of interpreting." - Interpreter Soapbox

    "Often referred to as the contemporary compendium of consecutive interpreting, this book covers everything you always wanted to know about note-taking." - Andrea Alvisi, Attitude Translations

    "One of the strong points of this book is that it can be read in the order it was written, which is recommended especially for beginners, but it can also be used as a reference book (...) the English is clear and concise and the diagrams also complement the written explanations, making it easily accessible to non-English speakers." - Hyang-Ok Lim, Korean Society of Interpretation and Translation Studies

    "I consider this second edition of Andrew Gillies' book a must-have for anyone who wishes to develop a robust, efficient, and reliable note-taking system, or who aims at training interpreters to do so." - Marc Orlando, AIIC

    Reviews for the previous edition:

    "The book is well written; above all it is highly readable... In conclusion, it is a book to be highly recommended, and in my view indispensable reading for those of us involved in, or even just interested in, interpreter training." - European Commission Interpreting Bulletin

    "I would be relieved if Andrew Gillies’ handy guide to the subject were made compulsory reading in the class-room. Clearly organised, attractively presented and written (refreshingly) in English, it provides welcome support for professional standards." - Interpreter Training Resources

    "What is certainly original and what makes the book useful is precisely Gillies' de-mystifying, intuitive approach to discourse analysis and note-taking, together with the idea that note-taking is, ultimately, about analysing speeches." - AIIC