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Simultaneous vs. Consecutive Interpreting.

There are two primary modes of interpretation — simultaneous and consecutive.

Both are used to bridge language barriers and help people understand each other, but it's important to understand their differences so you can identify which one is best for your particular use case.

Simultaneous interpreters listen to what the speaker is saying while concurrently saying it in another language. It typically takes 2+ years for a professional linguist to be trained to be a simultaneous interpreter.

During this time, interpreters learn to listen to a speaker and interpret with only a few seconds delay.

Ideally, simultaneous interpreters review speeches or other materials available before the event to prepare.

Simultaneous interpreters typically interpret in one direction only.

They generally work into their native language, meaning they listen in their second language and render into their native language.

Simultaneous interpreting works for large, live events because interpreting happens in real time.

The crowd isn't kept waiting. Listening intently and interpreting is draining.

Working in teams of two or more allows simultaneous interpreters some time to recover and prepare for their next turn.

Simultaneous interpreters listen to what the speaker is saying while concurrently saying it in another language. It typically takes 2+ years for a professional linguist to be trained to be a simultaneous interpreter. During this time, interpreters learn to listen to a speaker and interpret with only a few seconds delay. Ideally, simultaneous interpreters review speeches or other materials available before the event to prepare. Simultaneous interpreters typically interpret in one direction only. They generally work into their native language, meaning they listen in their second language and render into their native language.

Consecutive interpreting works for small gatherings or one-on-one meetings where the conversation allows for pauses to interpret.

Consecutive interpreters are typically the only interpreter present. This means they must be vigilant to interpret accurately and consistently for the entirety of a session.

Jun 16, 2020 by Mohd Ali Saifi