Practice your consecutive interpreting note-taking. Here’s one that’s slightly different from usual: this short exercise attempts to replicate a real-life HR situation – an absent employee leaving a voice mail message about her work absence. The same speech is repeated 4 times at DIFFERENT SPEEDS for practice. Note: There is an INTRODUCTION to this one.
If you only want the full speed version, it starts at 05:06
Topic(s): Human Resources, Public Service
Terms: x-ray, Hospital, treatment, steering wheel, knee, swollen
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Good For Practicing:
- Interpreting note-taking
- Public Service Interpreting (PSI)
- Dialogue Interpreting
- English accent
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Context: This employee didn’t show up for work and her boss tried to call her to ask what was happening. The employee returns the call, but it goes straight to voicemail, so she leaves the following message:
‘Good morning, sorry I missed your call.
The reason why I didn’t show up for work today was a car accident I had yesterday.
I was driving home after work and stopped at a red light, when someone behind me crashed their car against mine.
I hit my head against the steering wheel and somehow also injured my right knee.
My head is fine, but then my knee started to get swollen, so I came to the Hospital this morning.
I’ll be doing an x-ray at 1pm or so, but the doctor already said the knee looks terrible and I should go home after the x-ray instead of going to work.
I texted Christine to inform her, but I didn’t know she’s gone on holidays, so I think that was the problem.
I am very sorry for the miscommunication.
My knee is hurting a lot at the moment and I don’t know when I’ll be back. I may need additional time off to undergo treatment, but I’ll confirm that once I get the x-ray results.
Sorry once again and thank you for your support. I’ll call you again with an update later today.’