What types of interpretation do we provide?
1 – Liaison interpreting
As the name suggests, the liaison interpreter’s role is to act as a liaison between two parties that don’t speak the same language. The speaker(s) have to stop to give the interpreter time to translate the content of the conversation. This technique is commonly used at business or training meetings. This technique is normally used in business relations and meetings involving small groups.
2 – Consecutive interpreting
The consecutive interpreter’s role is similar to that of the liaison interpreter. He sits near the speakers, follows the content of the conversation, takes summary notes and uses these to provide a summary translation of the content of the conversation. This technique is mainly used in situations with a small number of participants, where the interpreter only needs to translate into one language and is not required to interpret over long periods of time, and in places which do not possess the equipment required for simultaneous interpretation. Examples include courts, press conferences, negotiations, incentive trips and short training courses.
The telephone interpreter provides interpreting by telephone. The idea is simple: The service provider sets up a telephone conference by telephone or Skype, for example, between two or more people who don’t speak the same language, and places a liaison interpreter between them who will translate the conversation bit by bit. The service is the same as liaison interpreting, except that the speakers are not physically present.
Interpreting by video is a natural development of telephone interpreting, which only became possible with the widespread use of the Internet. Today, video conferences for two or more participants can be set up simply by clicking on the Internet using various programs and tools, some of which are free.
In addition to a sound knowledge of the language, the interpreter must specialise in the technical vocabulary in the area concerned:
- business interpreting (at trade shows, by telephone, welcoming foreign partners)
- scientific interpreting (presentations by researchers)
- legal interpreting (representation before the courts with a sworn interpreter)
- search for foreign partners
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We provide interpreters mainly in those countries in which our group is represented by a subsidiary or sales agency:
- United Kingdom
Optilingua works in interpreting in the following languages especially: