Interpreting modalities

An interpreter is a linguistic mediator who allows people speaking different languages to communicate fluently. On top of having a perfect command of his or her working languages, it is necessary to have other qualities such as high cultural level, mental agility, a strong ability to focus and a sound insight into the underlying culture of each working language.

These are the most frequent interpreting modalities:

Simultaneous interpreting:

Traducción simultánea o de conferenciaThe most widely known and the smoothest of all modalities. The simultaneous interpreter translates the speech fluently into the target language while the speaker talks. Simultaneous translation requires installing booths and a sound system. If you wish, we can contact a technical services provider for you to supply, install and oversee all the necessary material. This modality can be used in all types of events, although it is especially suited for congresses, seminars and conferences with a large audience, and for live interpreting on TV. It also possible to resort to an “Infoport” portable system, for events with a reduced number of participants.

Consecutive interpreting:

Intérpretes en Madrid de francés y de inglésThe consecutive interpreter works by taking notes of what the speakers says, translating it afterwards. It requires prolonging the duration of the event, since there are two speeches, the original one given by the speaker and the interpreter’s translation. This modality is best suited for meetings with a limited number of participants, press conferences and other short events.

Whispering or chuchotage:

This modality is used when only one person needs translation, two at most. The interpreter seats next to the user and whispers the speech to the user’s ear, simultaneously.

Sworn interpreting:

Interpretación juradaIt implies a lot of responsibility and it requires a high level of specialisation in legal translation. In order to work in this modality, the interpreter needs to be authorised by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is requested mainly by courts and tribunals and by other official entities.

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