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 interpretation 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.