Breaking The Language Barrier


2004012420040523An entertaining insight into the role of interpreting in the world of international diplomacy, the highs and lows, and the pitfalls that are there for the unwary to fall into. The unsung heroes of international diplomacy are the interpreters who sit by the side of their political masters and instantly translate a conversation. Short of the main protagonists themselves, no-one else has a closer, more intimate view of relations between countries and leaders whether at times of peace or war, calm or crisis. The BBC's diplomatic correspondent, James Robbins, talks to interpreters and diplomats who were witnesses to some of the key moments of the twentieth century.