What is simultaneous interpreting?

Simultaneous interpreters sit in a sound-proof booth and listen to speakers through headphones and interpret at the same time into the target language. The participants also need headphones to hear the interpretation.

Simultaneous interpreting requires a high level of concentration and one interpreter can interpret for 30-40 minutes at once. This is why at least two interpreters are needed in a booth.

The daily working hours of simultaneous interpreter should not exceed 6 hours.


What is consecutive interpreting?

Unlike simultaneous interpreting, consecutive interpreting requires no technical equipment. The interpreter takes notes and interprets after the speaker has made a statement.

Consecutive interpreting is appropriate for working groups, round tables…


What is chuchutage (whispered interpretation)?

The speech is interpreted simultaneously, but the interpretation is whispered without the use of technical equipment. Interpretation is provided for one or two participants to enable them to follow the speech or discussion. It is used as an alternative to simultaneous or consecutive interpreting only at very short meetings.