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Consecutive Interpreting

Consecutive interpreting requires a high level of accuracy and attention to detail, as the interpreter must remember and accurately convey the entire message

What does consecutive interpreting mean

Consecutive interpreting is used in meetings, for business visits, weddings and variety of other types of events. Typically, in consecutive interpreting, the interpreter stands next to the speaker. Consecutive interpreting involves having the interpreter speak after the speaker; depending on the type of event, time limits and other variables, the time lag can vary between speaker and interpreter.

How it works

Since the interpreter needs his/her own allotted time to speak after the speaker, the event is usually longer than one without an interpreter. Interpretation does not require any additional equipment; if a speaker is using a microphone, the interpreter will usually also be able to make use of one.

Ideally, the interpreter will receive a copy of the speaker’s speech or presentation well ahead of the event. If the speaker is reading pre-prepared text, the interpreter can also read the text he or she has translated beforehand. If the interpretation needs to be done in several languages, either one interpreter fluent in several languages or several different interpreters can be assigned.

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