Localization in our World: Language Interpreting in the US and Globally

As the volume of global content grows in private and public sector, the volume of written translation naturally increases. This is measurable and is undeniable. Translation refers to written words that are transformed from one language to another. Spoken language, when transformed into another language, is referred to as interpretation. Language interpretation takes place all around us, all the time, when you have someone who helps 2 or more people communicate more effectively by being an intermediary. In less formal environments, this might happen in public, at events or in private spaces. In more formal environments, like business, government or conference settings, you typically hire professional interpreters. 

When asked if LingPerfect Translation does interpreting as one of our services, we respond with a definitive “YES”. However, there are often many questions that follow when our client wants to engage with us. The initial questions of which language and what dates and times are typically easy. We also delve into content as well as preferred interpreting structure of flow. 

The 4 main types of interpreting are consecutive, simultaneous, whispered and Over-the-Phone Interpreting (OPI). 

Consecutive interpreting is when the interpreter speaks after the speaker has conveyed a message, either in the gaps of pauses in speech or at the end of a longer statement, using notes. Consecutive interpreting typically takes place in a live environment. Simultaneous interpreting is where the interpreter speaks while the original speaker is still speaking. Typically, this will be done in larger events or conferences where there is access to interpreting equipment, like headsets, for the interpreter and the audience. This isolates the languages so that the original language can be spoken in its natural flow and the interpreted language can come across in the headphones. Whispered interpreting is a form used in person, without headsets, where the interpreter whispers or interprets in a very low voice as to not disturb the speaker. Typical venues for interpreters are legal, medical, conference, broadcast media and for business escorts or 1-on-1 meetings. We are seeing much more interpreting work in the public sector all over the world to support individuals who have immigrated and need support to access schools, public services and jobs. Over-the-Phone interpreting is one of our most popular interpreting services. OPI is exactly what it sounds like, interpreting that occurs over the phone. It is a cost-effective and flexible way to access interpreting services regardless of your location, time-zone or urgency. OPI can be set up for immediate needs as well as projected, future needs and many times, the typical minimum charges that apply to in-person interpretation do not apply. Of course, there are also no travel fees for OPI interpretation so costs are definitely more affordable. 

As we can see, interpreting is happening all around us at all times. If you are interested in a career in interpreting, there are interpreting certificate and degree programs offered in many universities as well as professional certification through local associations and larger ones like the International Association of Conference Interpreters, or AIIC or the China Accreditation Test for Translation and Interpretation, short for CATTI. If you are interested in learning more about interpreting services provided by LingPerfect Translations, contact us here