Understanding an Interpreting Service

Understanding an Interpreting Service

Interpreting is often confused with translation, but what is the difference? Put simply, interpreting is the spoken rendering of speech from one language to another, whereas translation is the written process of rendering text from one language into another.

Interpreting is often confused with translation, but what is the difference? Put simply, interpreting is the spoken rendering of speech from one language to another, whereas translation is the written process of rendering text from one language into another.

There are various types of interpreting, but the two main types are consecutive and simultaneous.

Consecutive interpreting is when the interpreter listens to a segment of speech, waits for the speaker to finish, and then renders it into the target language. This method involves a slight delay in the listener receiving each portion, and also requires consideration on the speaker’s part to pause regularly for the interpreter.

Simultaneous interpreting happens in real time. The interpreter listens and renders the speech into the target language while the speaker continues to speak. This method is streamlined through the use of technology such as interpreting booths, headsets and microphones.

Both types of interpreting require extensive training and can only be performed by highly-skilled professionals.

There are a number of situations that call for interpreting services, including communications with health professionals, international business meetings and communicating with witnesses or defendants in court.

In sensitive scenarios like these, the accuracy and fluency of the interpreting, as well as the professionalism of the interpreter, can be extremely important, whether this means accurately passing on a diagnosis to the patient, clinching a business deal or correctly posing legal questions. It is therefore imperative that you can rely on the quality of the interpretation.

Wessex Translations has an experienced team of interpreters working to and from English who are comfortable in a wide range of environments and situations. You can count on us to provide a reliable and accurate interpreting service you can trust; contact us today to speak to a member of our team.

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