SF State Professor Translates for Olympic Heroes
September 1, 2004 12:03 AM
SF State English lecturer Pierrette Jeanmonod, came to school Aug. 31 with the words Athens 2004 printed on the back of an ordinary white shirt. Her Olympic photo ID reflects the gleaming light as it hangs around her neck. The only difference between Jeanmonod and everyone else is her attire was part of her uniform as a translator for the 2004 games.
Dressed in a green jacket and blue pants, Jeanmonod was an official French interpreter for the International Federation of Gymnastics. She has just come back to SF State from Athens on Aug. 31.
Jeanmonod said the hardest thing, as a translato,r is to interpret just what people are saying to each other.
“I have to get close to people’s meaning,” she said.
“You have to be very careful of what people said. Otherwise you create problems,” she added.
“Of course, it was exciting,” she said, referring to when Schmid-Shapiro asked her.
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