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How to use interpretation

Consecutive Interpretation
In a nutshell, the speaker pauses, and the interpreter interprets what has been said. Although consecutive interpretation is ideal for smaller meetings, some clients occasionally require consecutive interpretation of lectures and workshops. If you intend to use consecutive interpretation for meetings lasting the entire working day, i.e. 8 hours including breaks, you will need to hire a team of two interpreters who will work in turns.

Simultaneous Interpretation
Interpreters speak at the same time as the speaker. Due to the demanding nature of the job, simultaneous interpretation always requires a team of at least two interpreters who work in turns.


Great tips and important information for effective communication at international conferences as well as explanation of the interpreters' task can be viewed at:
Smart Speaking

Please note that this video was produced by and belongs to Calliope-Interpreters which also own the copyright of this production.


Simultaneous interpretation
is suitable for international conferences, workshops, training sessions or lectures. Its main advantage over consecutive interpretation is that it does not require the speaker to stop for translation. Also, simultaneous interpretation can be provided into more than one language at a time. Typically, simultaneous interpreters work in soundproof booths. Interpretation booths and equipment are either part of conference premises or may be rented from specialized vendors. Your interpreters will be happy to assist you in arranging the rental. If interpretation is required only for one or two people and only into one language, you may opt to have the interpreter sit beside you and whisper the translation to you directly without any equipment. In exceptional circumstances, interpreters may agree to work with portable interpretation equipment consisting of a microphone for the interpreter and headsets for the audience. Again, your interpreters will be happy to assist you in renting the equipment.

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