Types of Interpreting

Ways in which to share your messages

Types of Interpreting

Simultaneous Interpreting

Real time communication in more than one language

Simultaneous interpreting, also known as Conference interpreting, requires elite skills with teams of two or more interpreters needed per language. Each interpreter works in turn, relieving one another at set intervals. The processes of shared listening and delivery ensure uninterrupted accuracy in translation. Pairs of interpreters usually use electronic systems to simultaneously convey messages to delegates wearing headphones/ear pieces while a presenter or participant is speaking.

This type of interpreting is generally used (but not exclusively) at large-scale conferences.



Whispered Interpreting

A subset of Simultaneous Interpreting for smaller groups

Whispered interpretation is used at meetings consisting of a small number of participants where the additional cost of a booth and related technical equipment is not warranted. A single interpreter, seated in close proximity to the foreign language participant (or small group of participants), “whispers” the interpretation to the participant or small group in their foreign target language as the speaker delivers their presentation. Portable equipment can also be used to cater for groups of up to 30 delegates.

This type of interpreting is beneficial in court rooms, where interpreters listen to a judge, other officers of the court, or to any evidence being presented (such as witness statements) and conveys the information to the foreign language speaking client.



Consecutive Interpreting

Speaking to a group in another language

This type of interpreting is commonly used in meetings or at formal events when one or two short addresses are translated into one or perhaps more languages for a smaller number of participants. The interpreter listens to a set number of phrases from the speaker and then gives their expert rendition in the target foreign language. This type of interpreting will extend a meeting duration; however, it works well with short formal presentations where time is not necessarily of the essence.

Several types of interpreting services are available to meet specific conference, meeting, or other event needs. Our interpreters are able to assist in over 150 languages and use state-of-the-art equipment to ensure complete accuracy. Whether the service is needed for an individual, small group, or large presentation, we can supply experienced, qualified individuals for these types of interpreting services to ensure all participants receive the same information in their native language. These services are essential to ensuring attendees can fully participate in any event.

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