Friday, 2 August 2019

[HK's First Interpreter] Hong Kong A Step Closer to Use of Chinese in Public Matter


香港政府新聞公報
一九七二年四月廿八日 星期五

公事上使用中文又邁進一步
即時傳譯主任 由英抵港履新

為推行公事上使用中文於新近所聘任的即時傳譯主任鄭仰平,現已由英國抵港,負責有關在立法及市政兩局公開會議席上提供即時傳譯服務的事宜。

在此等會議席上提供即時傳譯服務,乃為公事上使用中文研究委員會向政府提交的第一份報告內所建議。隨著即時傳譯主任的抵港履新,此項建議的實施又有進一步的進展。

鄭氏現已分別會見民政司署中文監察專員黃劍琴,布政司署及市政局人員,商討有關他的工作問題。

鄭氏在今後數月內的工作,主要將為擬定傳譯的程序,以及給予其他即時傳譯員嚴格的訓練,此等傳譯員的選錄,為根據於一九七一年香港訪問的英國專家披里的意見,他們在受訓之後,將協助鄭氏提供所需的即時傳譯服務。

鄭氏於香港出生,已婚,有四名子女,早年在上海及廣州接受教育,過去曾在香港電台、印度電台及英國廣播電台服務。

政府發言人指出,有關在立法及市政兩局為提供即時傳譯服務而裝設的工作櫃枱,其工程幾已接近完成,所需的其他設備亦已訂購,預料可於本年七月間運抵本港。

Language barrier on way out at council meetings

SCMP, 29 April 1972

Both the Chinese and English speaking public will soon attend Legislative Council and Urban Council meetings without any language barrier.

The date, next August, was set yesterday by Government's newly-appointed Chief Interpreter, Mr Y. P. Cheng, who arrived from England last Friday.

Mr Cheng, a former translator and broadcaster with the BBC in London, and his three-man team will provide simultaneous interpretations at Legco and Urbco meetings.

In an interview yesterday at the Colonial Secretariat, Mr Cheng admitted the job was a “new challenge for me.” He said he had no past experience in this field.

His first task, he said, would be to compile a standard glossary of official terms comprising mainly names and titles in both languages.

He will also train the other interpreters. They were selected on the advice of Mr A. T. Pilley during his visit last year. He will undergo an extensive familiarisation programme of various Government departments and will work closely with the Commissioner for Chinese Language, Mr Christopher Wong.

“In future, the Legislative Council and Urban Council can speak in either Chinese or English, We will do the translation, he explained. Mr Cheng said Cantonese would be used in Chinese interpretations. But we are not ruling out Mandarin, “ he added.

He estimated that the translation speed would be approximately three-quarters of a sentence behind the speakers.

Mr Cheng said the sound equipment was expected to arrive some time in July. Mr Cheng was born in Hongkong and educated in Shanghai and Canton, He has more than 10 years of experience with Radio Hongkong, All India Radio and the BBC.


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