The Different Types of Interpreting

You have probably seen a conference televised wherein the speaker spoke English and then his speech was then interpreted into several other languages. You have probably seen a UN meeting with representatives all wearing headphones, listening intently as the discussion or speech was translated to their own language. 
Most people are not aware that there is more than a single type of interpreting. They think that interpreting to another language is all the same. If you are in need now or will possibly need interpreting services in the future, it is a must that you be aware of the many types so you know exactly what type you need and hire the right people.
Consecutive interpreting
Consecutive interpreting is used in meetings with few people. The interpreter listens to a set number of sentences from the speaker and then interprets it in another language. This is lengthy type of interpreting and is best used in meetings or conferences where time is not that important.
Liaison interpreting
This is interpretation between a small group of people who speak two different languages and the interpreter. This is commonly used in negotiations, business meetings, tours and other small events. Interpretation may be whispered or consecutive simultaneously.
Escort interpreting
This is similar to liaison interpreting except that the interpreter accompanies the client on a tour or a business trip for a certain number of days. Liaison interpreters also accompany personnel on a trip to another country and then help them interact with foreign counterparts.
Simultaneous interpreting
Simultaneous interpreting is also known as conference interpreting and it means instantaneously listening to a speaker, understanding what he or she is saying, interpreting it and translating it to another language. This is commonly used in large-scale conferences with audiences numbering to a hundred or more.
These interpreters sit in a booth with a microphone while they receive input through their earphones. Delegates then hear their interpreter speak in their own language through the receivers which are tuned into specific channels.
This type of interpreting requires high level of skills, expertise and knowledge. Most of the time the interpreters are grouped into two and they work in turns so that stress and fatigue are prevented and the interpretations are ensured accurate.
Whispered interpreting
This method is also known as “chuchotage”. This is commonly used in meetings where the number of participants is small and do not require a booth and other technical equipment. The interpreter is seated closely to the participant and interprets as the speakers deliver their message or speech. This type of interpretation is also used in court rooms where the interpreter listens to the judge and conveys the interpretation to a foreign client.
Interpreting services are offered especially in major cities. There are numerous options and it is important that you select the best one for your needs. Interpreting can be costly and it is of utmost importance that interpreting is done right so that the message conveyed is not skewed or distorte