Interpreting refers to the spoken transfer of language, as opposed to translation, which is the written transfer of language. In my case, I can listen to a speech originally made in German and interpret into English or from English into German.

Interpreting can be used in all kinds of situations, for example:

  • International conferences
  • Trade shows
  • Product presentations
  • Factory tours
  • Press conferences
  • Business meetings

Basically, any situation where some of the participants do not share the same language.

Professional interpreting services can make all the difference to your event. Visitors feel more at ease when they can listen and express themselves in their mother tongue. Providing an interpreter can improve participation and understanding, helping you to build bridges and achieve your goals.

There are different types of interpreting modes, which can be chosen to suit your individual situation. However one thing is true for all interpreting assignments: you need a reliable, well-prepared interpreter, who is able to conduct thorough research and express themselves expertly in two languages.

With an innate talent for languages, academic training, many years of experience working with a variety of different subjects and the ability to familiarise myself quickly with any topic, I am sure we can find the right interpreting solution to suit your needs. Do you need help working with speakers of German and English? Send me an email and we can talk about interpreting!

Modes of interpreting

Simultaneous interpreting

The interpreter listens through a headset and interprets immediately into another language, while the speaker is still speaking. This is often used for conferences and situations where the entire audience should understand the proceedings at the same time. Simultaneous interpreting is particularly useful in settings where more than two languages are required, although it is also appropriate if only two languages are in use. The main advantage is the speed of interpreting, allowing listeners of different languages to receive the same information at the same time and to participate equally.

Simultaneous interpreting is often done by a team of two interpreters. This highly demanding task can only be done for short periods of time (usually around 20-30 minutes) in order to ensure a high standard of quality.

Certain technical equipment is usually required for a simultaneous interpreting assignment – get in touch if you want to know more.

Consecutive interpreting

An interpreter listens to a speaker and makes notes of the whole speech using a specialised notation system. Once the first speaker is finished, the interpreter then delivers the speech again in a second language. This can be very useful in certain situations, for example presentations to a smaller audience or in face-to-face business meetings. This is because the interpreter does not require any specialist technical equipment to interpret consecutively. Depending on the length of the speech, it may be preferable to divide the speech and have it interpreted in shorter sections.

Working consecutively means that your event will take twice as long compared to holding it in one language because each speech is effectively made twice.

Liaison interpreting

An interpreter works in both directions between two (or more!) languages, interpreting a conversation between (usually) two people.

This is used in a wide range of situations from hospital visits and legal settings to business meetings and international negotiations. The interpreter can work consecutively, interpreting sentence by sentence, back and forth between participants. Alternatively, they can work simultaneously, whispering their interpretation to one or two listeners. The situation, e.g. number of speakers, purpose and location will determine the most appropriate way for the interpreter work and it is even possible to use a combination of these two methods.

I’m here to help

You don’t have to worry about choosing the right service – that’s where I can help! If you have any questions about using an interpreter at an event that you’re attending or organising then just get in touch with me and I can find the right solution for you.