It would be nice to have a compilation of high-quality conference websites, for example, in order to practice simultaneous interpretation. For this purpose I’m creating this community wiki, so please feel free to edit it instead of posting a new answer. Please post only dedicated websites that contain recorded real lectures, conferences, courses or presentations in any language (no TV or radio shows!). Please don’t add written speeches, as they can easily be found on Google looking for “speeches”.
Add the new conference website under the corresponding language and write ashort summary on the link.
- Phoenix TV: this is technically from TV, but it’s not like a TV programme at all. It has a programme called 世纪大讲堂 Shiji Da Jiangtang, which despite a bit of scripted intro and semi-scripted Q&A at the start, is basically just one long lecture. Usually not that fast either. It’s delivered to real students at a real university, but not as part of a course. The only annoying things: the subtitles in Chinese (cover them up with another window!) and the 3-4 cut-ins where an announcer suddenly summarises what’s gone on, before breaking for a (skipped over) ad break.
- Open Yale Courses: Free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University
- TED Conferences: TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Fields: technology, entertaiment and design. You can also find more TEDxTalks here.
- Academic Earth: Online courses from the world’s top scholars. Many subjects.
- Free Online Courses: 800+ online courses, 19,000+ videos from Top 30+ universities on 35+ categories
- Khan Academy: library of over 2,800 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history
- MedlinePlus: this page provides links to prerecorded webcasts of surgical procedures. These are actual operations performed at medical centers in the United States. The videos last an hour. The best thing: with transcripts!
- Reith lectures BBC
- Oxford farming conference
- Robert Reich’s website: good background material and a fair number of his speech’s (video)
- Paul Krugman’s website: good reading and video and podcasts
- American Rhetoric: a very large speech bank. Many speeches come with the original audio as well as the transcript, which is very useful when training on your own.
- General Assembly of the United Nations: General Debates in all UN languages, General Assembly speeches have been available for several years now, in video and audio format, complete with transcripts and their translations into English/French. Ideal for those preparing for the accreditation tests, or any other exam. Unfortunately it seems that all videos are with EN interpretation as the main sound track. Does anyone know if it’s possible to access non-EN speeches in the original? Also many of the videos simply don’t work – “server not found”.
- UN Web TV: Videos United Nations Live & On-demand
- Speech Bank by Wake Forest University: links to dozens of speech websites and other compilations of political speeches (all in English).
- Lectures at Berkeley: Fantastic resource of the UC Berkeley’s central service for online video & audio for students and learners around the globe.
- UCC Cork University lectures: Science public lecture series.
- Houses of Parliament UK: Video and audio of all UK Parliament proceedings taking place in public, including debates and committee meetings of both Houses. The material is then available from an on-demand archive going back to 1st July 2009.
- L’Assemblee Nationale: Le fonds vidéo de ce portail remonte à juillet 2007. Il peut être visionné immédiatement pour les vidéos de moins de 3 mois et sur demande pour les vidéos antérieures.
- College de France: différents flux, organisés selon les grands domaines scientifiques composés par les Chaires du Collège de France.
- France DiploTV: Vidéos du Ministère des Affaires Étrangères
- Je rencontre un ambassadeur (série d’entretiens à 4 sur des thèmes internationales)
- Universite de tous les savoirs Some excellent, some technical lectures. Some a little dated, some timeless
- Les Bons Profs (Explanations of all sorts of useful issues in interpretable chunks)
- Bundestag: Plenarsitzungen des Deutschen Bundestages werden live übertragen und danach in der Mediathek zum Abruf bereit gestellt. Be careful, a lot of this is very difficult.
- Media Culture online Tonarchiv: (all audio files only, lots of very interesting stuff)
- Zur Geschichte der Freiburger Universität: 10 video files of 90 minute lectures, with Q&A at the end, on the history of the university in Freiburg
- Freitagskonferenzen der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz: Die „Freitagskonferenz“ ist eine sprachübergreifende Lehrveranstaltung, die während der Vorlesungszeit immer freitags von 11:20-12:50 Uhr in Dolmetschraum I stattfindet.
- Canal Parlamento: Um repositório audiovisual dos trabalhos parlamentares da AR, plenário/comissões/eventos.
- Presidência da República Portuguesa: Alocuções e videos do Presidente da República Portuguesa. Idem do PM e membros do governo.
- Câmara dos Deputados do Brasil: Rádio Câmara, transmissões do dia, TV Câmara, arquivos, arquivo sonoro.
- President of Russia: Speeches, addresses, statements, press interviews with Vladimir Putin
- Instituto de Disciplinas y Estudios Ambientales (IDEA): Conferencias y ponencias sobre materias medioambientales: cambio climático, agua, eficiencia energética…
- MedlinePlus: Esta página proporciona enlaces a videos en Internet (webcasts) de procedimientos quirúrgicos. Estos muestran cirugías reales llevadas a cabo en centros médicos de los Estados Unidos. Los videos duran una hora y muchos tienen transcripciones.
- canalmaectv: el canal de video (youtube) del Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y Cooperacion de España
dotSUB: Browser based, one-stop, self contained system for creating and viewing subtitles for videos in multiple languages across all platforms.
Video Lectures: Free and open access educational video lectures repository. Lectures are given by distinguished scholars and scientists at the most important and prominent events like conferences, summer schools, workshops and science promotional events from many fields of Science. Mostly in English and Slovenian, but also other languages.
TEDxTalks: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. TEDxTalks are available in more than 35 languages (even American sign language!) and you can browse talks by language.
Multilingual Speeches.tv: The European Commission (SCIC) maintains an online database of speeches. It’s not YouTube-based, you play (or download) straight from their server. They have material in all official EU languages plus Russian – some real conferences / speeches, some practice material recorded by their own interpreters, graded by difficulty. Keywords are given, and sometimes also transcripts. The catch: you need to be given a username and password. SCIC gives these to interpreter courses that it recognises, as well as their own staff members and freelance interpreters (ACIs) on their list, who use their existing login credentials.
Speech library at ETI Geneva: interpreting department’s data base of audio and audio-visual recordings of general master classes for consecutive and simultaneous interpreting.
United Nations Webcast: videos on-demand from the United Nations. Languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish, Russian.
European Parliament plenary sittings: The European Parliament broadcasts events, which take place on its premises, live and in recorded format. The live broadcast is called “Live” and the recorded broadcast is called “VOD” (Video on Demand). Search for all plenary sittings by date. You can listen to the original or the interpretation. Scripts are also available.
Council of Europe: go the the “Live” channel of the Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg (France), available in many European languages.
European Court of Human Rights: Webcasts of public hearings, mostly in English and French.
International Labour Organisation: live broadcast, only operational during plenary sittings and available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and German.
iTunes U: If you happen to use iTunes, you are probably familiar with iTunes U. It offers great content from prestigious universities on a variety of topics. For example: Open University, Harvard University and Stanford University.
Speechpool: multilingual website for interpreters to exchange practice material, has just been officially launched. Interviews with the founder, Sophie Llewellyn Smith:
The Interpreterdiaries:It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…Speechpool/
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asked 07 Dec ’11, 09:08
edited 19 Nov ’15, 04:21
+1 Great initiative!
I can’t seem to edit the wiki. Not enough points? Or missing something obvious?
@andy Please try again. I’ve now lowered the minimum karma required to edit wikified questions & answers
Just a quick question: would it be worth somehow marking or putting in their own category those sites that allow you to hear actual conferences with actual interpretation that could be studied by interpreters and students (ex. UN GA), as opposed to those sites which provide speeches for us to practice with ourselves but which provide no interpretation?
Having slept on it I think a separate thread probably represents overexposure. But reorganising these entries runs counter to the point of this thread. So maybe the best thing would be a key, saying, ‘all of the entries below in bold/with asterisks also have recorded interpretation of the original speeches’.