Interpreting at Mini Thailand Week 2019
Mini Thailand Week, co-organized by the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce in Thailand and Vietnam National Trade fair and Advertising Company (Vinexad), visited Ben Tre for the first time and stayed in three consecutive days. Mini Thailand Week 2019 brought with it 100 companies showcasing their products under these categories: beauty, health and wellness, food and beverage, gems and jewelry, fashion and accessories, household and kitchenware, pet accessories and many more.
Unlike translation, interpretation is a very demanding job with intense stress on time, especially in conference interpretation, where interpreters have to stand before hundreds of the audience. This job requires extreme concentration, confidence and profound knowledge.
Mini Thailand Week 2019 was a perfect occasion for Ben Tre people and other nearby residents to get to know Thai products and enjoy authentic Thai cuisine served by the finest restaurants. Thai traditional dances and other performant acts were also too mesmerizing to be ignored.
Usually, conference attendees are good at their major, so interpreter must be very careful. The Vietnamese – English interpreter has to be good at English and the local language. He or she must study and prepare necessary terms related to the conference or workshop. In this opening ceremony and subsequent meetings, AKT translators managed the job well on stage as a bilingual MC and a translator.
Le Van Khe, Director of Ben Tre Department of Industry and Trade, said in recent years, Ben Tre’s relationship with Thailand had made considerable strides, highlighted by the Mini Thailand Week being held in Ben Tre this year. The exhibition would help to expand trade ties between Vietnam and Thailand, and more specifically, between Ben Tre province and Thailand. Companies from Thailand and Ben Tre province could capitalize on the event to connect, share views and look for opportunities to expand their business.
The job of interpreter is try to express, and convey information to listeners in a cohesive way. Interpreters have to stand high pressure, so good will and self-study are a must.
Apirat Sugondhabhirom – Consulate General of the Royal Thai Consulate General in HCMC appreciated the support of local authorities for Thai investors operating in Ben Tre, and believed Mini Thai Week 2019 would play an important role in developing the relationship between the two countries.
Khang Nguyen the Interpreter was trusted to be the English – Vietnamese host and translator for this event. He performed the simultaneous interpretation with flair and finesse – which people have seen in him for 20 years, and counting.
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