Corporate Translation & Interpreting: Consecutive vs. Simultaneous

When hiring a translator or interpreter from a translation agency for corporate events or conferences, it may be important to first know exactly what you’re looking for and how it works. Interpreting for events or meetings can be split into two main categories, simultaneous interpreting and consecutive interpreting.

Of course, you’ll also need to know the various languages and language combinations needed. For example, you may need a Spanish interpreter, but one who can interpret and translate French to Spanish, Spanish to English and vice versa. Be careful to cater to the needs of all of your guests or clients and consider how effective numerous translators can be compared to just one – especially if time is a concern.

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What is Consecutive Interpreting?

In using a consecutive interpreter, the speaker regularly pauses after a sentence or phrase, enabling the interpreter to render his translation. Although this can feel like a time consuming process, it allows a complete and accurate translation. It also means that only one interpreter may be needed. Consecutive interpretation can be used for a wide range of corporate translation needs including business negotiations, training sessions, professional presentations, appeal hearings, expert consultations, weddings and at the registry office, all corporate events and excursions, sightseeing and tours in Ireland.


What is Simultaneous Interpreting?

Simultaneous interpretation provides instantaneous, real-time interpretation of what is being said. It allows the speaker to continue talking in his own tongue, without pausing which can be more time efficient and help to create a more natural flow to the conversation or discussion at hand. Usually, simultaneous interpreters work in pairs as this type of interpreting is very demanding and complex. So keep this in mind when looking into hiring interpreters or translators for meetings where simultaneous interpretation may be necessary. This kind of interpreting can be used for many of the same events and activities as consecutive translation.

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