Types of Interpreting

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Types of Interpreting

Ways in which to share your message

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 required per language who will work in turns, relieving each other at set intervals. The processes of shared listening and delivery ensure uninterrupted accuracy in translation. 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 where the number of participants is small and may not warrant the additional cost of a booth and related technical equipment. 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 at the same time that the speaker delivers their presentation.

This type of interpretation 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 with a smaller number of participants. The interpreter listens to a set number of phrases from the speaker and then gives their 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 no communication barriers are present.