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Types of Interpretation

The details of the event determine the strategy the interpreter uses. Here are some common types of interpretation:

Simultaneous Interpretation


The message is interpreted from one language in another language almost simultaneously. The presenter speaks into a microphone, and the interpreter along with at least one colleague listen through a headset and relays the message in real-time. Without equipment, the interpreter can apply the same technique by quietly interpreting for only a couple of people as know as whisper interpretation.

Consecutive Interpretation


The interpreter will take notes with the logic and structure of the speech as well as the whole thought, not every single word. After finishing an idea or passage, the speaker will pause to allow the interpreter to render the message in another language through use of notes and memory.  The length of the segment is on average six to eight minutes but can be shorter or longer depending on the situation. 

Escort Interpretation


While conducting a site visit or attending a social event, you are accompanied by an interpreter. If there are three or less people in the group, whisper interpretation can provide a simultaneous rendering of the message, otherwise it will be done consecutively.

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