Is Conference Interpreting The Same Thing As Simultaneous Interpreting?
Yes and no. Simultaneous interpreting is the mode of interpretation in which an interpreter relays what is being said by another in real-time, with about a 1.5-second delay. Conference interpreting is one setting in which simultaneous interpretation is used.
As the name implies, it is used at conferences, large seminars, or workshop types of events. If there are audience members with limited English proficiency, event organizers will often arrange for simultaneous interpreter services.
How Does It Work?
Audience members are given a set of headphones that are connected to the correct channel, so all they do is adjust the volume to their liking. Interpreters are located in a booth, which gives them privacy from distractions (as well as reducing distractions to the audience) and usually a direct audio feed for them to interpret freely.
Full booths require 1-2 technicians to set up the booth itself and to hook up the audio feeds. One of the major benefits of the full booth is that it is completely soundproof ensuring that the interpreters don’t disturb audience members and the interpreters receive a direct audio feed from presenters so they also don’t have any interruptions. These booths fit two interpreters at a minimum.
Because of their size and technical set up, they require more lead time for delivery, set up, and break down.
Ideal for: large conferences and events
Tips For Planning An Event That Will Require Conference Interpreting
- Don’t leave scheduling an interpreter to the last minute. This is a major component of the event and requires just as much lead time as any other service. Avoid rush fees and give your language services provider a heads up of what is coming so they can book the most qualified interpreter ahead of time and get you the cheapest shipping option for equipment
- The more materials you have available for the interpreter ahead of time, the better prepared they will be. Give them time to study up so they perform at their highest caliber
- Materials include: agenda, topics, websites, presentations, handouts, brochures
How Do I Schedule A Simultaneous Interpreter?
Our request process is simple – give us a call or send us an email, anytime, any day. Account Managers are standing by to discuss your conference interpreting needs. Whether you need a simultaneous interpreter for a meeting or a large conference, our team will support you in providing the best language interpretation services possible.