The different modes of interpreting; do you know them all?

septiembre 25th, 2019 | Posted by admin in Blog | Interpretación - (Comentarios desactivados)

There are different modes of interpreting and, despite the popular belief, not all of them have the same use.  Depending on what it is needed for, interpreting can be done in a number of ways, and not all interpreters can work in all the modes. Curious to learn more? If you have any questions about how they work and when to apply them, be sure to check out our post.

What is simultaneous interpreting (in a booth)

In simultaneous interpreting, the interpreter translates the speaker’s words orally, almost simultaneously. Here, a team of simultaneous interpreters is required, and the assistance of technicians. As a result, this type of interpreting must take place in rooms in which the necessary equipment can be set up (a soundproof booth, special sound equipment, receivers, and microphones).

This type of interpreting delivers the best results due to the quality, immediacy and smoothness of communication. This mode is widely used by international organizations, international congresses and conferences, and at technical meetings with a fairly large audience or meetings requiring interpretation into several languages.

The level of expertise, attention, and concentration of interpreters is very high in this mode and, depending on the duration of the session, the interpreters must work in teams and relieve each other from time to time. Half-day and whole-day sessions have two interpreters per language, while mini conferences lasting up to an hour and a half need only one interpreter.

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Which interpreting mode is the right one for you?

Simultaneous interpreting using an infoport

An infoport is a portable, wireless, simultaneous-interpreting station. It consists of a simple kit (carrying case, microphone and headphones) that enables users to go to meetings and move around the venue with no loss of sound quality. It is commonly used for guided tours, plant or factory visits, and meetings with up to 20 participants.

Whispered simultaneous interpreting (chuchotage)

The interpreter stands behind the person or persons (maximum of three participants) who do not speak the working language and simultaneously translates the speaker’s message orally (whispering). He or she then interprets the client’s responses back to the other participants.

This mode is commonly used in short work meetings, where one or two participants do not speak the common working language used in the meeting.

What is consecutive interpreting

There are 2 types of consecutive interpreting: consecutive and liaison or bilateral.

Consecutive interpreting is another well-known interpreting technique. The work method used is different in this case. When using this approach, the speaker pauses from time to time to allow the interpreter to speak.The interpreter is usually located close to the speaker and takes notes on the main ideas being expressed.

When comparing consecutive to simultaneous interpreting, the main disadvantage of this approach is that the listener does not receive the message as directly and must be patient.

Because of its characteristics, this method of interpreting tends to be used for short meetings or in courtrooms. For example, communication during a press conference can add over 80-90 percent to the estimated time due to the pauses needed to translate the message. Technical resources are less important in this case.

Bilateral interpreting, also known as liaison interpreting, is commonly used to overcome language barriers at meetings in both the public and private sector. The interpreter orally translates for each speaker in the two working languages without any need for equipment.  It is one of the most widely used methods for courtroom and police interpreting and for services providing support for immigrants and asylum seekers.

Telephone Interpreting, what it is and when to use it (OPI)

Telephone interpreting is a language support system in which you can get an interpreter immediately over the telephone. It can form part of the on-site interpreting service, using a telephone in hands-free mode, or through a telephone call to our call center.

The main advantage of this kind of interpreting is the immediacy and the cost savings, as the user can contact an interpreter for any of the  language combinations offered, from any part of the world, in under two minutes, with nothing more than a cellphone.

It is the interpreting system most used by emergency response services and public services in hospitals and schools due to the convenience of having an on-demand service with no access fees and no minimum charge, as the user pays only for the duration of the interpretation.  Companies and/or executives that request telephone interpreting usually arrange for the service in advance, and it can even be set up as a conference call with a number of participants.  Generally, telephone interpreting is consecutive.

Video Remote Interpretation (VRI)

This is a professional interpreting service using videoconferencing on a computer, tablet, or smartphone.  This mode is very often used when there is no local interpreter available or when the travel costs for an interpreter are just not feasible, allowing companies to have a truly global reach.

Its advantage over telephone interpreting is the elimination of visual barriers, since the interpreter can see the speaker’s gestures and body language, which helps the clarity when transmitting the message.

This service, which is normally used by small and medium-sized businesses and large corporations, is now becoming popular for public service interpreting. It must be arranged in advance and the technical requirements are simple given its online format.

Sign language

Finally, we would like to comment on another interpreting mode.

Sign language is the language used by people with a hearing disability and those live or associate with them. Sign language has its own grammatical structure and vocabulary, so it is not just a transposition of spoken language but is a language in itself, with its own system.

This type of service tends to be used for conferences and events, social services, schools, training courses, and television programs.

What to look for in an interpreting service

Regardless of the type of interpreting needed in each case, it is important to remember that when choosing an interpreter, the field of specialization is as important as the interpreter’s experience. Interpreters must have excellent public speaking skills and the intellectual ability to immediately translate idioms, colloquialisms, and other specific cultural references so that the receiver can understand them.

SeproTec is committed to excellence and the highest quality in the services it provides and that is why it always has the best professionals in the sector. We currently have a extensive database of interpreters worldwide, classified by language combination, interpreting mode, specialization, and technical expertise. This excellent team plus a strong commitment to innovation and the incorporation of the latest technological advances in the sector allow us to offer a wide range of services in any multilingual situation and has placed us among the 20 largest companies offering interpreting services in the world, according to a study carried out by Nimdzi (The Nimdzi Interpreting Index, 2019).

SeproTec among Top 20 Global Interpreting Leaders!

septiembre 6th, 2019 | Posted by admin in conferences | Did you know...? | Interpretación | Rankings - (Comentarios desactivados)

We have a pleasure to inform you that SeproTec has been ranked #16 in the Nimdzi Interpreting Index which includes a ranking of the largest players in the business, an estimated size of the global interpreting market, and an overview of its current state.

SeproTec was a pionieer in offering interpreting for conferences when we launched the service in 1989.

30 years after we are among the global leaders!

At SeproTec we care about our clients and, above all, we make a point of the fact that they can receive quality work in the shortest time possible in multiple language combinations. How do we do this? Thanks to two of our major cornerstones: we are an international company that offers a 24-hour/365-day service.

If you run a company that needs translation or interpreting services on a regular basis, you will be aware of the importance of being able to count on native speakers and, above all, specialized professionals to ensure everything you do is done as professionally as possible.

If, in addition, that same company offers multilingual solutions that allow you to work with any of your business partners or clients, whatever their mother tongue, the advantages multiply.

However, when it is international or out-of-office-hours services that are required, sometimes the linguistic professionalism and versatility of the translators and interpreters is simply not enough. Working internationally is not easy and throws up a number of barriers that are difficult to overcome. Even so, you can count on extremely reliable partners who will make the experience easier.

It is precisely for this reason that the global coverage offered by SeproTec is fundamental, because when hiring our services you know you can count on interpreters and translators anywhere in the world and, above all, at any time of the day or night. We are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Benefits wherever you might find yourself

Imagine, for example, that you need an interpreter for a telephone conversation or a video conference with someone who lives in Seattle, in the United States, and who you have arranged to meet at two in the afternoon (Seattle time). You will probably find it difficult to find an interpreter who is available because two o’clock in the afternoon in Seattle would be eleven o’clock at night in Spain. This is not the case if you use a company which, like ours, offers you global coverage.


A multilingual translation company is the best solution when you start working in other languages, offering many advantages over agencies that specialize in translation into a single language.

Firstly, because you can translate your corporate material into several languages at the same time. Imagine you are a company in the UK and are starting to work with Portugal, Germany, Japan and France at the same time. If you opt for a multilingual translation company, you can entrust the translation of all the documents you need into Portuguese, German, French and Japanese to one project manager. If you choose translation agencies that only work with one language, you will need to contact four agencies, each specializing in one of the languages you need. Just imagine how much work you will have contacting all these agencies if you are translating into six languages? Or even 10?

Secondly, these companies work with a huge range of professionals, which ensures that they will have someone specializing in your area. This means you can be sure you will get the best person for the job, whether you need to translate documents or your website, or if you are looking for simultaneous interpreting for an event, someone to translate your conversations with potential partners or customers (by telephone or in person), or any other additional services.

Finally, multilingual translation has another great advantage, because with these types of agencies your work goes through various filters before it comes back you, meaning you can be sure that everything will be practically perfect first time.

In short, SeproTec is the best option if you are looking for a professional translation to or from any language, anytime anywhere. Our international presence and 24-hour/365-day service will make managing your business so much easier.

The work of interpreters is increasingly valuable and in ever greater demand. It can be found in many areas of life: from concerts, congresses, exhibitions, and guided tours to the rebroadcast of basketball games in another language, and behind the scenes there is always a professional interpreter to ensure you do not miss one detail of what is happening.

Using the services of an interpreter is much more common than you would imagine. Not only are their services required for conferences attended by a large number of people who do not share a common language, they are even requested for civil marriage ceremonies.

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Types of meetings and events at which interpreting services tend to be used

There are currently many types of events that make use of interpreting, including the following:

Meetings with a large number of attendees These tend to be large congresses dealing with scientific or technical information, with large audiences, that last several days, and have a varied program. Talks and discussions are organized using all types of communication, usually with a very dense content.

Seminars. These are very technical meetings that focus on one specific topic and in which, even if they have a very simple structure, a wide variety of information can be exchanged in the discussions.

International Organizations Meetings organized by work groups or committees, in which there tends to be a clear but lengthy agenda, normally accompanied by documents or slide presentations. After a short introduction, most of the time is spent on discussion, comments and clarification of the topic in question.

Political debates. These are held in the parliaments of countries or regions with more than one official language, such as the EU headquarters in Brussels. They tend to be characterized by a need to know the political ideology, which has considerable legal and procedural content.

Radio and television: Discussions or interviews broadcast on the TV or radio with the participation of foreign celebrities. Often, these same communications media request interpreting services for complete speeches or fragments of speeches to be used in news programs. The content to be interpreted centers around the opinions of the interviewees.

Negotiations. The number of participants is limited and they should know how far they are prepared to go. Everyone must understand the position of the two sides, there are many figures and a lot of terminology, depending on the area of the negotiations. They can be interrupted by breaks for consultation.

Visits or official events. These tend to be short, formal meetings involving ministers, heads of states, advisers, ambassadors, etc. and participants from other countries. At official meetings, and at some meals, interpreters tend to be requested for the conversations that take place between two participants and, obviously, for the official statements.

Press conferences. In this case, the interpreter acts as a bridge between the journalists who ask the questions and the person answering them. The latter can be a sportsperson, a politician, an artist, etc. Normally, these are high-profile public figures.

Official dinners. At this type of event, all the different modes of interpreting are used: from simultaneous interpreting with technical equipment on occasions, consecutive interpreting for official statements or speeches from the podium, to liaison interpreting between two people at the same table. These events are characterized by their official register, the use of quotations, and even at times a humorous style.

Technical courses. These are meetings at which the flow of information is generally one-directional and very technical, so that it is very important to prepare beforehand.

Public Services. From statements at a police station to interpreting entire trials, civil marriages, to helping patients or the emergency services, such as 911. The content is very varied so it is important for the interpreter to have some knowledge of the law or current legislation, be up-to-date on the terminology used, and have good self-control and not get stressed out.

 

Information is power

When interpreting, whether at a conference or for public services, it is necessary to keep in mind the technical and technological aspects as well as the language-related ones. The more information given to the interpreter, the better the job will be done. What information is useful to an interpreter? In addition to the number of languages and booths, the name of the colleague the booth is to be shared with for simultaneous interpreting and the agenda for the meeting, the following information should be provided:

Format of the meeting in which the interpreter will be involved. Although interpreters are very flexible, if they know the dynamics of the event in advance, they will be able to adapt their communication style to the meeting more easily. This dynamic determines the amount of preparation, the tone, and the register used by the interpreter.

Mode of interpreting. The format of the meeting tends to decide the mode of interpreting that will be used. Each mode has its own difficulties and much of the success of a session lies in choosing the right interpreter for the mode being employed.

Nature of the event. A paper on a medical discovery is not the same as an international sales meeting or a civil marriage ceremony. Each has its own special characteristics and involves different up-front preparation.

Technological aspects to be taken into account. It is a wise decision to introduce the interpreter to the technological aids that will be used. The booth or infoport, the types of microphones available, the videoconferencing software, etc.

Topic to be dealt with and reference material. Choosing the interpreter according to the topic to be dealt with is also important as there are some very technical subjects for which not all professionals are trained. Being prepared is an essential part of the job of interpreting. A copy of the presentations, reference material from the speakers; all this information is useful. With it, the interpreter can document and review the terminology needed for the project.

 

The best professional interpreters

A knowledge of general culture, the ability to concentrate, resistance to stress, and mental agility are some of the abilities of good interpreters, as well as an excellent knowledge of their working languages.

At SeproTec we have the best professionals, so that your meeting can be a success. We guarantee the professionalism and flexibility of the work done. With our exceptional track record in the translation and interpreting sector, and a daily average of 450 interpreting sessions, we offer high-quality work in a wide variety of languages, as well as the utmost reliability and service to our clients.

 

El trabajo de intérprete es cada vez más valorado y demandado. Está presente en muchos ámbitos de la vida: desde un concierto, congreso, exposición, ruta turística guiada, hasta la retransmisión de un partido de baloncesto en otro idioma, siempre hay detrás un profesional de la interpretación para que no pierdas detalle de lo que ocurre.

Recurrir a los servicios de un intérprete es mucho más habitual de lo que puedas imaginar.  No solo se requieren este tipo de servicios en conferencias a las que acude un gran número de personas que no tiene una lengua común, si no que se solicitan incluso para actos de matrimonio civil.

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Tipos de conferencias y eventos en las que se suele contar con servicio de interpretación

En la actualidad, hay muchos tipos de eventos en los que usamos la interpretación, como por ejemplo las siguientes:

Conferencias de un gran número de participantes. Suelen ser grandes congresos, dedicados al conocimiento y divulgación científica o técnica, con grandes audiencias, una duración de varios días y con una programación variada.   Con comunicaciones de todo tipo, se organizan coloquios o debates cuyo contenido suele ser denso.

Seminarios. Son reuniones muy técnicas, centradas en una temática muy concreta y, aunque tienen una estructura muy sencilla, en ellos se puede cruzar información muy variada en los debates.

Organizaciones internacionales. Reuniones estructuradas en grupos de trabajo o de comisiones, en las que suele llevarse un orden del día claro y abundante y, normalmente, van acompañadas de documentos o presentaciones en diapositivas. Con una breve introducción, la mayor parte del tiempo se dedica al debate, comentarios y aclaraciones sobre el tema tratado.

Debates políticos. Se llevan a cabo en parlamentos de países o regiones con varias lenguas cooficiales, así como en el propio seno de la Unión Europea, en Bruselas. Suelen caracterizarse por tener que conocer la ideología política, con un alto contenido de información jurídica y procesal.

Radio o televisión: Los debates o entrevistas realizados por las televisiones o radios con participación de personalidades extranjeras. En muchas ocasiones estos mismos medios de comunicación solicitan servicios de interpretación para discursos completos o fragmentos de los mismos que utilizan en los servicios de noticias. El contenido a interpretar está en torno a las opiniones de los entrevistados.

Negociaciones. Se limita el número de participantes, que deben conocer hasta dónde están dispuestos a llegar. Todos deben conocer las posiciones de ambos lados, siendo abundantes las cifras y terminología según el ámbito de la negociación. Se pueden ver interrumpidas por recesos para realizar consultas.

Visitas o actos oficiales. Suelen ser reuniones formales y breves de ministros, jefes de Estado, asesores, embajadores, etc, entre diferentes participantes de otros países. En los encuentros oficiales, y en algunas comidas, se suele recurrir a intérpretes durante las conversaciones que tienen lugar entre dos personalidades, y, por descontado en las intervenciones oficiales.

Ruedas de prensa. En estos casos, el intérprete hace de puente entre los periodistas, que formulan sus preguntas, y la persona que responde. Puede tratarse de un deportista, un político, un artista… Habitualmente, personalidades de cierta trascendencia pública.

Comidas oficiales. En este tipo de eventos se practican todas las modalidades de interpretación: desde la simultánea con equipamiento técnico en algunas ocasiones, la consecutiva en intervenciones oficiales o discursos de mesa, hasta la bilateral entre dos comensales de la misma mesa.  En su forma se caracterizan por un registro oficial, con la mención de citas y en ocasiones hasta en tono de humor.

Cursos Técnicos. Se trata de reuniones donde el flujo de información es generalmente unidireccional y de carácter muy técnico, con lo que la preparación previa es importante.

Servicios Públicos. desde declaraciones en comisaría hasta interpretaciones de juicios al completo, matrimonios civiles, pasando por atención a pacientes o en servicios de emergencia, tipo 112.  La naturaleza del contenido es muy variada por lo que es importante que el intérprete tenga ciertos conocimientos jurídicos o sobre la legislación vigente, esté al día en cuanto a la terminología utilizada y posea un buen nivel de control ante el estrés.

 

La información es poder

En interpretación, tanto de conferencia como en servicios públicos, hay que tener en cuenta aspectos técnicos y tecnológicos además de los lingüísticos. Cuanta más información facilitemos al intérprete mejor será el rendimiento de su trabajo. ¿Qué datos son útiles para un intérprete?  Además del número de idiomas y cabinas, del nombre del compañero de cabina si es una simultánea o de la agenda de la reunión, deberíamos de facilitar la siguiente información.

Formato de la reunión en la que intervendrá el intérprete.  Aunque los intérpretes son muy flexibles, si conocen de antemano la dinámica del evento, podrán a adaptar el estilo de comunicación al del encuentro con mayor facilidad.  La dinámica dicta el nivel de preparación, el tono y el registro del intérprete.

Modalidad de interpretación.  El formato de la reunión suele determinar la modalidad de interpretación a utilizar. Cada modalidad tiene su dificultad y gran parte del éxito de una intervención radica en la correcta selección del intérprete según la modalidad elegida.

Naturaleza del evento.  No es lo mismo una ponencia sobre un descubrimiento médico, que una reunión de ventas internacional o que un matrimonio civil. Cada intervención tiene unas características especiales y conlleva una preparación previa diferente.

Aspectos tecnológicos a tener en cuenta. Poner en conocimiento del intérprete los medios tecnológicos con los que contará es una sabia decisión.  Cabina o infoport, tipo de micrófonos a su disposición, herramientas de videoconferencia, etc.

Tema a tratar y material de referencia.  La elección del intérprete según el tema a tratar también tiene su importancia ya que hay temas muy técnicos para los que no todos los profesionales están capacitados.  La preparación previa es una parte fundamental del trabajo de interpretación.  Copia de las presentaciones, material de referencia de los ponentes, toda información es poca.  Con ello el intérprete se documenta y refresca la terminología necesaria para el proyecto.

 

Los mejores profesionales de la interpretación

Conocimientos de cultura general, capacidad de concentración, resistencia al estrés y agilidad mental son algunas de las capacidades de los buenos intérpretes, además del excelente conocimiento de sus idiomas de trabajo.

En SeproTec contamos con los mejores profesionales para que tu conferencia sea un éxito, garantizando la profesionalidad y flexibilidad en el trabajo realizado. Con una contrastada trayectoria en el sector de la traducción e interpretación, y una media diaria de 450 interpretaciones, ofrecemos un trabajo de gran calidad gracias al manejo de múltiples lenguas, además de la mayor seriedad y servicio a nuestros clientes.

Dora Murgu y Carlos Casalengua asistieron, por parte de SeproTec,  como ponentes a las Jornadas de Interpretación Telefónica organizadas por la Universidad de Córdoba en el marco del proyecto Galileo Universidad – Empresa.

Las jornadas, celebradas en el Aula Magna de la UCO, registraron un aforo completo y contaron además con participación de Raquel Lázaro, de la Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Adriana Jaime, de Migralingua y con Sandra Jiménez, de Interpret Solutions. SeproTec Multilingual Solutions estuvo representada por Dora Murgu y Carlos Casalengua, dos de los expertos en interpretación telefónica de la multinacional española.

La ponencia, impartida por Murgu y Casalengua, titulada “Un día en la vida del Gestor de TeleTraducción”, fue muy bien recibida por los estudiantes de Grado en Traducción e Interpretación de la UCO, ya que además de incluir grabaciones reales de la gestión de solicitudes de interpretación telefónica, ofreció una visión de este servicio como posible salida profesional.

Los resultados del proyecto Galileo se publicarán además en forma de monográfico sobre interpretación telefónica por la prestigiosa editorial Peter Lang.

Como empresa pionera en la gestión de interpretación telefónica en España, desde aquí, agradecemos a la UCO, y en especial a la Dra. Ruiz Mezcua, la organización de estas interesantes jornadas y la oportunidad de compartir nuestra experiencia con la comunidad educativa.

Europa Press

The refugee crisis has triggered a human drama of staggering proportions. Thousands of these refugees, including children and the elderly, the most vulnerable groups in society, are currently living in camps in Greece, where they are attended by people whom they cannot understand.

Different customs, different cultures and a jumble of languages intermingle in the chaos of a shared tragedy. To try to alleviate these serious communication problems, SeproTec Multilingual Solutions and the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), which has a specific budget for this project, have launched an action program to improve the welfare of these people through an interpreting and cultural mediation service, a project capable of building bridges between different cultures and enabling better understanding between refugees and their hosts.

To carry out this project, the EASO is renewing its collaboration with SeproTec, in view of the latter’s extensive experience in cultural mediation of international conflicts and the quality of its multilingual services, including translation and interpreting.

SeproTec has selected a team of 400 professionals, interpreters and cultural mediators with extensive experience in international cooperation projects, who will be gradually traveling to Greece to receive the refugees in camps and hot spots, covering the wide range of languages required there, such as Arabic, Pashto, Kurdish and Dari.

Once again, international cooperation and the work of interpreters and cultural mediators is serving as one of the keys in the process of resolving major social and international conflicts.

Europa Press

La crisis de los refugiados ha desencadenado un drama humano de dimensiones dificiles de imaginar. Miles de ellos, entre los que se encuentran niños y personas mayores, los colectivos más frágiles de la sociedad, viven en Grecia repartidos en campamentos donde son atendidos por personas a las que no pueden entender.

Distintas costumbres, diferentes culturas y un amasijo de idiomas se entremezclan en el caos unidos por un mismo drama. Para intentar paliar estos graves problemas de comunicación, la Oficina Europea de Apoyo al Asilo (EASO) con una dotación presupuestaria específica para este proyecto y SeproTec Multilingual Solutions han puesto en marcha un programa de acción destinado a mejorar su bienestar a través de un servicio de interpretación y mediación cultural; un trabajo capaz de tender puentes entre diferentes culturas y garantizar el entendimiento entre refugiados y acogedores.

Para llevar a cabo este proyecto, la EASO renueva su colaboración con SeproTec dada su amplia experiencia en la mediación cultural de conflictos internacionales y la calidad de sus servicios multilingües, incluido el de traducción e interpretación.

SeproTec ha seleccionado un equipo de 400 profesionales, intérpretes y mediadores culturales, con una amplia experiencia en proyectos de cooperación internacional que llegarán progresivamente a Grecia para recibir a los refugiados en campamentos y puntos calientes,  cubriendo el amplio espectro de lenguas demandadas, como son el árabe, el pastún, el kurdo o el dari.

Una vez más, la cooperación internacional y la labor de los intérpretes y mediadores culturales está siendo una de las claves en el proceso de resolución de grandes conflictos sociales e internacionales.