Interpreting services: which one is right for you?
Interpreting Services | Which one is right for you | Lingua Translations
Whether you are going to attend a conference abroad, to meet a foreign business partner overseas or need urgent linguistic support in a foreign land you might need the services of an interpreter. The question is: which one to use?
Conference interpreting is probably the most well-known kind of interpretation. As the name suggests, it is mainly carried out at conferences, in institutional contexts. In this case, the interpreters sitting in soundproof booths and using headsets, render a speech into their native language simultaneously. This way, the audience, provided with a set of headphones, can listen to the talk at the same time it is spoken.
Also carried out simultaneously is whispered interpreting. Known as per its French name “chuchotage” –literally, whispering- in this occasion, the interpreter places herself/himself behind or beside the listener and whispers the translated message directly into her/his client’s ears.
Both these interpreting techniques are really demanding, requiring high levels of concentration, being carried out at the own speaker’s pace. For this reason, interpreters tend usually to take turns and swap with colleagues, to make sure that the quality of the translated message is maintained throughout their service.
A third kind of interpretation is known as consecutive interpreting. When this service is required the interpreter has to take quick notes of the message whilst the speaker is talking. The speaker then pauses every so often during the speech to allow the interpreter to transfer the meaning to the audience. Press conferences and conventions are typical communication events which work as a background to this kind of linguistic activity.
When negotiations are involved or it is necessary to mediate between a limited number of individuals speaking two different languages, bilateral interpreting is normally required. On this occasion, which is more for everyday events, the interpreter has to speak both the speakers’ languages to be able to transfer the meaning from a speaker to another.
Finally, when linguistic support is required urgently and no time is left to arrange a meeting with an interpreter, telephone interpreting can be an invaluable resource. The way in which this service works is really similar to the bilateral kind described above, the only difference being in the channel which is used to transfer the message – the phone.
Still confused about the kind of interpreting which would best suit your needs? Find out more about Lingua Translations Intepreting Services and get in touch with our office, we aim to answer your enquiries within 24 hours.
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