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EUCI Network members can provide any types of interpreting and/or translation services.

Interpreting is sometimes confused with translation, which, on the contrary, refers to rendering a written document/text into another language. Please note that while all EUCI Network members provide interpreting services, they are not always available for written translations.

Here is a short glossary describing the various interpreting modes, for you to be able to be more accurate when requesting interpreting and/or translation services:

  • Simultaneous interpreting: In simultaneous interpreting, the interpreter renders the message heard in the source language almost simultaneously in the target-language. The speaker speaks into a microphone, the interpreter receives the sound through a headset and renders the message into a microphone. The simultaneous interpretation is rendered to the target-language listeners via their earphones. A simultaneous interpreter works in a soundproofed booth with at least one colleague.

  • Consecutive interpreting: In consecutive interpreting, the interpreter speaks after the source-language speaker has finished speaking. The speech is divided into segments, and the interpreter sits or stands beside the source-language speaker, listening and taking notes as the speaker progresses through the message. When the speaker pauses or finishes speaking, the interpreter then renders a portion of the message or the entire message in the target language.

  • Whispered simultaneous interpreting: In whispered interpreting (chuchotage, in French), the interpreter is seated or standing next to the person or people requiring interpretation (a maximum of two people can be accommodated, unless a microphone and headphones are used), and interprets simultaneously directly into their ear (whispering). Sometimes, the whispering interpreter will use a headphone in order to get the best possible sound from the original speaker

  • Liaison interpreting: Liaison interpreting involves relaying what is spoken to one, between two, or among many people. This can be done after a short speech, either consecutively, sentence-by-sentence, or as chuchotage (whispering); aside from notes taken at the time, no equipment is used

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