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Photo journal: Breaking down the EU language barrier
Interpreters' reading room
Time out

In this room, we can come and read the papers. This is an important part of the job of interpreting. We read to improve our knowledge of current affairs and our vocabulary.

We may also go on trips abroad to perfect our knowledge of local institutions or improve our knowledge of the local language.

I have been as far afield as Ethiopia and Botswana, and was once mistaken for the commissioner I was interpreting for in Martinique. He wasn't very happy.

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