By bilingual interpreter, I mean a professional French-English interpreter.
At a time when everyone is talking about artificial intelligence and AI-based tools to replace your favourite bilingual interpreter, I thought I’d give it a try.
I asked Copilot, the AI-powered conversational agent offered by search engine Bing, for help. Here’s the query I submitted to it, in italics, and its response in red
➤Could you find all the international events with simultaneous translation that will take place in the Alpes-Maritimes, in 2024?
➤Of course, I can help you. Here are some international events that will take place in the Alpes-Maritimes in 2024 with simultaneous translation.
So let’s analyse his answers.
Bilingual interpreter in Cannes or not?
- Cannes Film Festival: The Cannes Film Festival is an annual international film festival held in Cannes, France. It is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. It attracts filmmakers, actors and critics from all over the world. The festival runs from 10 to 21 May 2024.
So, having worked on various selections for the Cannes Film Festival, not all screenings offer simultaneous translation services, and certainly the Film Market has none at all. And yet, as we all know, money is the sinews of war, and it is at Cannes that French distributors meet to buy the rights to foreign films that will be released in cinemas in 2024, 2025 and beyond. And I’m not even talking about international co-production agreements worth millions of euros. On the other hand, a few hundred euros is enough to hire the services of a bilingual interpreter who will give you a better grasp of the ins and outs of the deals you are about to sign. So is it an expense or an investment?
Bilingual interpreting: for communication, negotiation or both?
2. MIPIM: MIPIM is an international property exhibition held annually in Cannes, France. It is considered one of the most important events in the real estate industry. It attracts professionals from all over the world. The show will be held from 12 to 15 March 2024.
3. MAPIC: MAPIC is an international commercial property exhibition held annually in Cannes, France. It is considered one of the most important events in the commercial real estate industry and attracts professionals from all over the world. The show will be held from 13 to 15 November 2024.
I’ve brought together these two major events, which take place in and around the Palais des Festivals in Cannes every year. They gather the world’s real estate ecosystem, from both the residential and commercial sectors. Very few conferences or speeches are available in bilingual format. I’m well aware of this, having worked there for several years in a row for the only webradio station that hosted the international elite of these two gatherings. The radio set at the very heart of the shows was one of the few multilingual clusters. Would it be a plus for you to be accompanied by a bilingual interpreter who has walked the length and breadth of MIPIM, explored the Grand Paris barnum or facilitated negotiations on promoters’ yachts moored in the Port of Cannes? The choice is yours!
Bilingual interpreter: with or without equipment?
Not many people know this, but to provide simultaneous interpreting in good conditions, interpreters need audio equipment. As a matter of fact, I own some fine Sennheiser wireless equipment to provide interpreting for businessmen and entrepreneurs in Cannes during their business trips.
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