National Geographic : 1961 Sep
Kimonoed Beauties From Japan Celebrate Their Emperor's Birthday at a Reception Japanese representatives to the United Nations and their wives greet their guests in the Delegates' Dining Room. Musicians'in red jackets and gold braid play Viennese waltzes. The reception was one of some 200 held last year in the spacious halls of U.N. headquarters. Ruffle of icing decorates an anniversary cake baked in the U.N. kitchen. During General Assembly ses sions, cooks prepare nearly 7,000 luncheons daily. AND JOHN E. FLETCHER (C N.G.S. A cheerful, intense Argentine in his late thirties, Mr. Fagan spoke sharply to me at first. "When the gavel pounds to open the session, you must be absolutely quiet. Every sound in this booth will be broad cast to the delegates, press, and public listening to the English translation of Spanish." I promised to obey. "But first," I begged, "please tell me the how and why of simultaneous interpretation." The United Nations, Mr. Fagan ex plained, uses five official languages: French, English, Russian, Spanish, and Chinese. What a delegate says in any one of these languages is reproduced, with no perceptible interval, in the four other languages. I asked Mr. Fagan: "Suppose a del egate speaks only Swahili or Urdu?" 323 "