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Interpreting

As the global pandemic continues to change the way we work and interact, interpreting is evolving to meet the challenge. Even when your team cannot meet face-to-face, Eriksen can help you develop a strategy to bring people together virtually across languages.

live Zoom simultaneous interpreting

Zoom video conferencing has become a part of our everyday lives, used for meetings, conferences, training sessions, and workshops. The platform presents a flexible, affordable format that makes events accessible across languages.

The Zoom simultaneous interpreting function gives meeting attendees the option of live interpretation in up to nine languages during a virtual event or webinar. This flexible solution provides users with a customizable experience in the language of their choice.

How it works:

  • Interpreters join the call on dedicated audio channels and interpret the words of presenters and participants into the target language.
  • Event participants have the option to select the language of their choice or listen to the original audio.
  • Attendees can either mute the original speaker while streaming the interpretation, or listen to the primary presentation simultaneously at a lower volume.

Eriksen can help you facilitate a polished meeting, start to finish. If your Zoom account is equipped for interpreting, we will provide experienced, qualified interpreters to join your session. If your Zoom account does not support interpreting, Eriksen can host the meeting on its Zoom platform and provide the assistance of a trained facilitator, who will join the call to make sure everything is set up correctly so your event runs smoothly.

Download our guide to hosting events via live Zoom interpreting.

consecutive interpreting for video conferencing

In a consecutive interpreting session, an interpreter listens to what the speaker is saying, and renders the speaker’s dialogue into another language after the speaker has paused. This mode of interpreting is often used for small business meetings, educational conferences, and medical examinations.

Eriksen offers consecutive interpreting for small group sessions via Zoom, Webex, Teams, or any platform of your choice. Just give us the details, and we will carefully hand-select the interpreter whose background best matches the subject matter and other unique requirements of your assignment.

 

over-the-phone interpreting services

When over-the-phone interpreting (OPI) is your preferred solution, Eriksen offers on-demand access to an extensive network of interpreters in more than 200 languages. Service is quick, easy to use, confidential, affordable, and available 24/7. You just dial the number, provide your access code and the language needed, and any member of your team will be rapidly connected with a skilled, qualified interpreter.

face-to-face interpreting

As public health protocols allow for face-to-face interpreting–we’re here to help.

Consecutive interpreting services are commonly used for small groups or one-on-one conversations, such as parent-teacher conferences, medical visits, or small business meetings. Give us the specifications, and we will provide interpreters who are highly vetted, reliable, and maintain rigorous standards of professionalism. All of our interpreters are experts in their language pair and possess the interpersonal skills needed to handle complex dialogue and sensitive subject matter.

Simultaneous interpreting is often used for large events where two or more languages are required. Linguists interpret what the speaker is saying in real time, and the dialogue is transmitted to listeners via headsets. Eriksen’s experienced staff will facilitate every detail of your session, no matter the size or complexity. Our interpreters are trained in simultaneous interpreting and have undergone an extensive vetting and credentialing process to ensure their proficiency.

We offer state-of-the-art audio equipment for conferences, including soundproof interpreting booths, distribution systems, microphones, headsets and receivers. All of our equipment is designed to meet exacting standards for clarity and natural sound quality, with installation provided by knowledgeable technicians experienced in handling complex setups.

interpretation to meet your needs

While our means of interaction are in flux, businesses, schools, hospitals, and nonprofit organizations will always need reliable means to communicate with people who speak other languages. No matter the technical or linguistic requirements, we will facilitate smooth, accessible multilingual communications to help you stay connected across languages.

What is interpreting?

Interpreting is the facilitation of spoken communication between users of different languages. It can be performed face-to-face or remotely via phone or video. In a consecutive session, an interpreter listens to what the speaker is saying and renders the dialogue into another language after the speaker has paused. In a simultaneous interpreting session, the interpreter listens and renders the message into the target language at the same time as the speaker is speaking.

Why is language interpreting so difficult?

An interpreter must have expertise in both the source and target language in order to effectively communicate a speaker’s meaning and intent. It requires being an excellent listener who can react quickly and deliver an accurate interpretation of the dialogue. Interpreters must have cultural awareness and an in-depth understanding of the subject matter being translated.

Simultaneous interpreting, often used at large events and conferences, requires a linguist to interpret what the speaker is saying in real time. Speakers do not pause for the interpreters, so linguists must listen and speak at the same time. They must be constantly alert, maintain the same pace as the speaker throughout the presentation, and convey the style, tone, and intent of the speech.

Without fail, Eriksen has come through for us for the last 16 years. They come through—on-time, on budget and flawlessly.

Peter Byrnes, President

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