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Lynn Visson

Lynn Visson was a staff interpreter at the UN for 25 years.

Diary: Simultaneous Interpreting

Lynn Visson, 7 November 2013

It’s happening again. The chairman has called on the distinguished representative of France. But what I’m hearing through a thick curtain of electrical hiss and crackle in the headphones sounds vaguely like Dutch. Can’t make out a single word. Total panic. My hands grasp the microphone stem. It’s oddly soft and squishy. That’s because it’s not a microphone....

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