Consecutive interpreting is when the interpreter listens to the source-language speaker and after a sentence or a part of the speech reproduces the speech in the target language for the audience. In this system, an interpreter is not to memorise words, but to recreate the meaning of the information from the speaker.
She/he is normally standing or sitting close to the speaker, uses a pad and pen to take notes and uses the microphone (if there is one) only once the speaker has finished and it is his turn to speak.
When to use a consecutive interpreter?
If you need an interpreter for a very short period of time or for one-on-one conversations, you may use consecutive interpreting. You may use consecutive interpreting in case of
- small or larger meetings when the speaker speaks for a short time
- medical consultations
- Client-attorney meetings
Language combinations we offer at Lectio Translations
We have covered the needs of our clients in language combinations including Greek – English – Greek, Greek – French – Greek, Greek – Italian – Greek, Greek – Russian – Greek, even Swahili – Greek.
Please ask for a quote and we will be happy to help you with one of our experienced interpreters.
The benefits of consecutive interpreting
The most important benefit of consecutive interpreting is that no special equipment is required (interpreting booth, special sound system, headphones for the audience and technician), which is both costly, takes up space and thus needs additional planning.
Limitations of consecutive interpreting
However, its very serious limitation is time: as the speaker and the interpreter speak consecutively, the time required is actually double . This is why it is normally used when the duration of your event is short.
An exception to this is court interpreting.