ABSTRACT

This chapter discusses the pleasure of Interpreting. The pleasure is twofold: social and intellectual. The social pleasure is that of establishing communication. Communication between people is one of the greatest riches that humankind has. The intellectual pleasure itself is in turn twofold. First, the interpreter has the pleasure of dealing with the ideas expressed by the speakers. This pleasure is greater if the ideas themselves are intrinsically interesting. Second, the pleasure is that of dealing with the linguistic problems created in interpreting. To be faced with a sentence in the source language with syntax incompatible with the target language. Interpreting is thus an activity that combines the social pleasure of helping people to communicate with the intellectual pleasure of dealing with ideas and language, an intellectual pleasure which may be based upon the intrinsic interest of the ideas discussed, or which may also be an abstract, game-playing pleasure, marrying both objective, analytical reasoning and more intuitive or creative thought processes.