What Is Consecutive Interpreting?

Vietnamese Medical InterpreterConsecutive interpreting is a mode of interpretation where a speaker pauses at the end of a complete thought to allow the interpreter time to step up and deliver the same speech in the target language. It is sometimes referred to as Consecutive Translation; however, the formal term for conveying oral communication between multiple languages in this mode is known as consecutive interpreting in the linguistic industry.

Consecutive interpreting can be challenging for interpreters, who are responsible for listening to and remembering a large quantity of information so that they can repeat it in another language. Consecutive interpreters may take notes of key points during a session in order to ensure all communication is conveyed in the target language. Since this type of interpreting is often done in small settings with only a few people, technology is not as important as it is to simultaneous interpreting, making it convenient and cost-effective.

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Who Needs Consecutive Interpreting Services?

Due to their nature, consecutive interpreting services are ideal for clients who require language services for small setting events. These can include:

  • Medical and Legal Appointments
  • Workshops
  • Court Hearings
  • One-on-One Meetings
  • Business Meetings
  • Press Conferences
  • Interviews

When two people need to directly communicate but don’t speak the same language, a consecutive interpreter will be able to eliminate the language barrier between them. If you are responsible for meeting the needs of patients or clients, no matter their native language, consecutive interpreting services may be just what you need.

How Do We Provide Consecutive Interpreting Services?

Consecutive InterpretingLanguage Connections offers consecutive interpretation services in more than 100 languages, and our team of qualified consecutive interpreters is distributed around the globe. Depending on the nature of your interpreting session, we will assign you a consecutive interpreter who is not only a native speaker in your target language, but who also possesses necessary industry expertise. This ensures that your interpreter is familiar with the terminology, expressions and ideas that are common in your field. Our experienced consecutive interpreting project manager will find the right consecutive interpreter to meet your needs, and will see the project through from beginning to end.

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