What is a conversation interpreter?
Read more about the pros and cons of a conversation interpreter
There must have been an occasion where you’ve wanted to engage in a conversation with someone who speaks a language different from yours. Many of us have used hand gestures while on vacation to explain to the local baker what kind of bread we wanted. Or explain the best route to take to the beach to a fellow visitor who doesn’t speak your language. Sound familiar?
Some examples of these kinds of situations
For a casual conversation during a vacation, it’s not a big problem if you don’t fully understand each other. But what if it’s a situation where it’s important for two (or more) people to engage in a conversation and understand each other? For example:
- a consult in a hospital, such as a conversation between a doctor and patient;
- a meeting with a governmental institution, such as a parent-teacher meeting at school;
- a legal discussion, such as a meeting with a civil-law notary or a conversation between a lawyer and client;
A conversation interpreter can help in these kinds of situations. In short, a conversation interpreter’s services are used to interpret conversations. By using a conversation interpreter, people who don’t have a command of each other’s language are able to have a conversation. A conversation interpreter is essential if they are going to discuss important information. This person can interpret all the essential information so no crucial details are lost. This is vital in some situations. A doctor needs to know where you are experiencing pain, or he won’t be able to provide medical treatment.
A conversation interpreter is a consecutive interpreter. This means the interpreter translates a few sentences after the speaker has spoken. It also means there is a brief pause in the conversation. This is undesirable during a conference, but it’s not a problem during a conversation. These conversations don’t last very long (a maximum of one hour), and the pauses have the advantage of allowing the interpreter to explain details and request additional information. This way, you’re certain you’re getting all the information.
Conversation interpreting also has a few other characteristics:
- A conversation interpreter works on site.
- A conversation interpreter usually works with small groups of two to ten people.
- No equipment is required.
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