Note-taking for Consecutive Interpreting: A Short Course is the essential step-by-step guide to the skill of note-taking. The system, made up of a range of tried and tested techniques, is simple to learn, consistent and efficient. Each chapter presents a technique, with examples, tasks and exercises. This second edition has been extensively revised throughout, including:

  • an updated chapter on speech analysis
  • new chapters on comparisons and links
  • revised example speeches and notes
  • a summary of other authors' note-taking guidelines for comparison and reference (Part III).

The author uses English throughout – explaining how and where to locate material for other languages – thus providing a sound base for all those working in the areas of conference interpreting and consecutive interpreting in any language combination. This user-friendly guide is a particularly valuable resource for student interpreters, professionals looking to refresh their skills, and interpreter trainers looking for innovative ways of approaching note-taking.

part I|128 pages

The basics step-by-step

chapter |15 pages


chapter 1|17 pages

Speech analysis

chapter 2|6 pages

Recognizing and splitting ideas

chapter 3|17 pages

The beginning: diagonal notes

chapter 4|20 pages


chapter 5|20 pages

Verticality§ and hierarchies§ of values

chapter 6|13 pages


chapter 7|14 pages

Noting less

chapter 8|2 pages

What to note

part II|65 pages


chapter 1|5 pages


chapter 2|3 pages

Rules of abbreviation

chapter 3|4 pages


chapter 4|3 pages

The recall line

chapter 5|10 pages

Uses of the margin

chapter 6|9 pages

More on links

chapter 7|5 pages


chapter 8|2 pages


chapter 9|6 pages

Noting sooner, or later

chapter 10|4 pages

How you write it

chapter 11|6 pages

More on symbols

chapter 12|4 pages

Things you didn’t catch

chapter 13|2 pages

The end

part III|84 pages

The back of the book

chapter 1|50 pages

Notes with commentary

chapter 2|13 pages

Versions of the tasks set

chapter 3|5 pages

The examples

chapter 4|2 pages

Where to find practice material

chapter 5|12 pages

Note-taking according to other authors