Type of Interpreting

shutterstock17

Liaison interpreting:
this type of interpreting is similar to consecutive interpreting but it’s less formal. It is used for small groups and meetings (e.g. business meeting between two executives) and the interpreter can also accompany the client for a visit to a foreign country.

Consecutive interpreting:
the interpreter stands beside the speaker and/he she interprets information after the speaker has completed the message. This is usually for small groups of people. Consecutive interpreting is especially appropriate for small to medium-sized gatherings, but it can also be used for larger gatherings with the aid of a microphone.

Simultaneous interpreting:
the interpreter interprets information at the same time that the speaker is speaking; it is usually used in large-scale conferences. Often the interpreter needs special interpreting equipment such as headphones or microphones. Thanks to soundproof booths, more than one language pair is possible

Whispered simultaneous interpreting or chuchotage:
an interpreter is assigned to a very small group of people or to only one person as he/she simultaneously whispers a translation of what is said by the speaker. This type of interpreting is more suitable to a small audience (fewer than 4 people) who does not understand the source language.