What Is Simultaneous Interpreting?
Also known as U.N. style interpreting, simultaneous interpreting allows people to communicate directly across language boundaries using specialized technology and professional interpreters who are trained to listen to one language while speaking simultaneously in another. Simultaneous interpreters generally work in pairs, and use special interpreting equipment. In the ideal setting, the interpreter sits in a sound-proof booth and speaks into a microphone, while seeing and hearing the speaker via wireless headsets.
As this mode of interpreting saves time, it is preferred for large events like conferences or symposium in which a great deal of information has to be conveyed and two or more languages are involved.
Simultaneous Interpreting vs. Consecutive Interpreting
Contrary to simultaneous interpreting, consecutive interpreting occurs between breaks or natural pauses in conversation that allow interpretation. So the speaker speaks for a few minutes, then pauses. A professional interpreter takes notes and then orally translates the speaker’s message during the pause. Consecutive interpreters are ideal for small-scale settings and face-to-face meetings where only two languages are being used. They are commonly used at Medical and Legal Appointments, Court Hearings, One-on-One Meetings and small groups such as Workshops, Business Meetings, Interviews, Press Conferences or Teleconferences.
It is also worth to mention Whisper Interpreting, another mode of interpreting in which the interpreter is usually very close to the guest and whispers the interpretation to the person directly. It requires an intense concentration by the interpreter to hear every word spoken and provide an accurate rendition in the target language. Whisper Interpreting is suitable for Business Meetings and Negotiations, Small Group Meetings or Site Visits (Workshops, Factories, Facilities, etc.)
How Language Connections Provides Simultaneous Interpreting
Trying to find an interpreter who has the language level and industry experience you need can be difficult, but absolutely necessary in order to communicate effectively. Coupled with professional translation services, Language Connections has been providing expert language interpreters and language interpreting services in the Boston area and worldwide for over 20 years.
Our simultaneous interpreting services cover a variety of industries, and we guarantee that our interpreters are fluent in your target languages, as well as knowledgeable about the field or industry for which they will be providing interpretation. We cover many different fields with our simultaneous interpreting services; including: