Numeric Contextualization

These activities help with the basic development of analytical efforts and listening skills.  We will start of by talking about contextualization of numeric expressions. We consider this to be, a priori, a highly complex exercise because, when doing an interpretation, it is difficult to replicate information such as dates, percentages, measurements and other numeric expressions. These types of terms are unambiguous and, consequently, do not allow for the use of synonyms or restructuring.  Because it is so difficult to memorize them, the interpreter should reproduce them immediately or write them down as soon as they are heard.

When this is not possible, the only thing we can do is contextualize the numeric expression, in other words, substitute the number with a reformulation that correctly represents its magnitude and relevance.  However, it must be something easy to remember so that we are able to continue interpreting with the best speed and fluency possible.  For example, in the case of number such as 7,852,258, we would say “almost eight million” and for dates such as 1789, we would simplify it as “in the eighteenth century.”

Exercise 1. Click here to download. [ES]

Exercise 2. Click here to download. [ES]

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