If you have worked with interpreters a few times, you will realise that each one is slightly different. Want to know if your interpreters might have spent a lot of their career in Edinburgh? Here’s how you can tell.
1. They can predict when the words “haggis” and “whisky” will be mentioned.
After a few years on the Scottish conference circuit, it becomes really easy for conference interpreters to predict the contents of any introductory speech. There is, apparently, an iron law that says that you must mention two of Scotland’s most famous products within five minutes of starting any event. Maybe it’s to do with the fact that so many people associate those products with Scotland (even though the nation has invented so much else); maybe its because speakers easily fall into reusing old clichés. Whatever it is, it makes interpreting just that bit more predictable.
2. Accents? No problem.
By the time they have managed to interpret Aberdonian, Glaswegian, West Highlands and, of course, Geordie, no accent at any event ever scares an Edinburgh conference interpreter. It doesn’t matter whether their target language is French, Spanish or Chinese, they can deal with whichever speaker comes up.
3. They have been to all the best hotels in their home city but never stayed overnight.
For clients, the bonus of using a local interpreter is that you don’t need to pay for accommodation. For interpreters, the strange side-effect is that you might never get to find out whether the hotel actually has any rooms that don’t contain a digital projector, a fully quipped PA system and at least four soundproof interpreting booths.
4. They have interpreted in the rain.
Even if they leave for another market within a few years, ask any conference interpreter who has been on the Edinburgh market and they will be able to tell you stories of interpreting outdoors, in the rain. Is it just a quirk of Scottish weather? Is it a mark of how hardy they are? It could be both but that experience will mean that interpreters from Edinburgh know how to go the extra mile for clients (and where to find a smart rainproof coat … and a pharmacist that sells cold medicine).
5. Within five minutes of arriving anywhere, they become a walking public transport encyclopaedia.
Given that almost all of Edinburgh can be reached within two buses, Edinburgh conference interpreters soon get their heads around any public transport system you care to mention. When you live in a city with a 24 hour-a-day GPS-tracked bus service, plotting journeys becomes second nature and you expect to be able to do the same everywhere you go. Want to know how to get to your nearest airport at 4am, while carrying a large suitcase? Ask your nearest interpreter from Edinburgh.
They are hardy, they are friendly and they get to know new cities within a few hours. They are conference interpreters from Edinburgh. No matter which part of Scotland your next event might visit, if you are looking for interpreters, contact me and let’s create an impactful event together.