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The literal meaning of the word is “someone who translates what is said for people who cannot understand each other”. In practice there are three different ways in which this can happen, namely:


Conversation interpreting: a conversation is translated sentence by sentence from speaker A’s language into speaker B’s language and vice versa. These interpreters are mainly hired for legal, medical and social matters. The interpreting of these conversations can be by telephone or in person, but also in the form of accompanying a delegation.


Consecutive interpreting: the speaker pauses every one to five minutes (usually at the end of every paragraph or a complete thought) and the interpreter then translates what was said into the target language. Interpreters work from memory and their short notes. It is most suitable for informal meetings or workshops where time is not limited, informal dinners or diplomatic assignments such as interpreting for a visiting minister.


Simultaneous interpreting: also known as conference interpreting, simultaneous interpreting is used for large conferences, business meetings, media launches and live TV broadcasts, and when two or more languages are used. The interpreter translates into the target language while simultaneously listening to and absorbing the meaning of the next sentence. As such, simultaneous interpreting is extremely demanding. Given the concentration levels required to listen and interpret at the same time, professional interpreters work in teams of two, alternating every 20 or 30 minutes.

At congresses, this is done by two interpreters per language combination in a specially equipped booth. The listeners can follow the interpreters via a headset. A whispering interpreter may be a good option for a limited number of listeners. An interpreter can work without equipment for small groups of three people; for larger groups, the interpreter can use a mobile installation with a microphone while the listeners are equipped with headphones.

We have extensive experience interpreting for the judiciary, lawyers, social services and hospitals, among others.

We also offer 24-hour service (interpreting by telephone) for Mandarin Chinese.

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