chapter  6
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Symbols

When note-taking is mentioned in the context of consecutive interpreting the first thing that student interpreters ask about are symbols. You have already seen or come up with a number of them in Chapter 4. Although it is true that knowing a reasonable number of very useful symbols can make our lives much easier, please don’t forget that symbols are relatively unimportant when compared to all of what you have read in the first five chapters of this book. The note-taking system described here, variants on it and other note-taking systems work with or without symbols, but if you don’t have a sound, consistent and meaningful notetaking system then no amount of symbols is going to help you.