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Interpretation Types for Different Events

Which Interpretation Types Are Most Suitable for Different Events

Posted on: August 14, 2023 by admin

Interpretation is a crucial tool that can facilitate effective communication across both linguistic and cultural barriers. When there are two parties speaking different languages, an interpreter can bridge the gap and allow for a successful conversation or relay of information. There are a range of different interpretation types with some offering greater effectiveness in one situation over another. Read on to explore the most appropriate interpreting methods for specific scenarios and ensure you always have the right type of interpretation for your specific situation and how Speak Your Language can help you.

Conferences and International Summits

Large-scale events such as conferences and international summits can attract a range of diverse attendees who speak multiple languages. In these kinds of situations, simultaneous interpretation is the most suitable choice. This method allows interpreters to deliver real-time translations through headphones to the audience without interrupting the speaker. Simultaneous interpretation ensures smooth communication and maintains the flow of the event, making it an excellent fit for these formal and fast-paced settings. Due to the nature of this kind of interpretation and all the technology required, this would be an on-site interpreting service.

Business Negotiations and Small Meetings

In smaller meetings, like business negotiations and intimate gatherings, consecutive interpretation works best. This method allows the interpreter to relay the speaker’s message once they have finished speaking. While it can take longer than an average meeting due to the conversations being repeated in each language, it facilitates a deeper understanding of complex concepts as the interpreter can seek clarification and repetitions when needed. This personal touch enhances communication and is well-suited for situations where interaction and comprehension are crucial. 

Tours and Workshops

Whispered interpretation, also known as chuchotage, is ideal for settings like tours and workshops. In these scenarios, only a few individuals may need interpretation, and the interpreter can whisper the translations to them discreetly. Whispered interpretation provides a personalised touch, allowing for direct interaction between the interpreter and the participants. However, this method may not be suitable for noisy environments or larger groups due to potential clarity issues.

Teleconferences and Remote Meetings

Telephone interpretation is well-suited for teleconferences and remote meetings, where immediate assistance and short interactions are required. This method allows for quick access to interpreters proficient in various languages, irrespective of their physical location. Phone interpretation is efficient and cost-effective for situations that demand quick communication without the need for in-person presence. SYL offers a 3-way telephone interpreting service that allows our in-house team to call both parties and begin communication on a conference call. This means that all parties will join the call with the interpreter already on the phone, avoiding any early miscommunications and issues.

Virtual Events and Remote Collaboration

Remote video interpretation is the go-to choice for virtual events and remote international collaboration. This method eliminates the need for physical presence, making it convenient and flexible for participants from different locations. Video interpretation enhances accessibility and inclusivity in settings where face-to-face interaction is not possible or necessary. This can also be helpful when meetings need to be recorded, as most remote video call software allows for recording and file sharing. It is a very efficient tool for interpretation.

Medical Consultations and Healthcare Settings

Medical consultations are a time when critical information is shared between a medical professional and a patient. Enabling effective communication via a medical interpreter can be crucial when both parties do not speak the same language. In many cases of cross-linguistic communication, this translation can occur via a phone or video call. The same is not true for Australian Sign Language interpretation for the Deaf and hard of hearing community in healthcare settings. A qualified Auslan interpreter must attend in person to ensure that communication is effective for both parties. This leads to better patient outcomes and improved patient satisfaction.


Selecting and organising the right interpretation type for a specific event or situation can significantly impact communication outcomes. Understanding the nuances of each interpretation method and its suitability for different settings allows us to bridge language and cultural gaps effectively. Whether you are organising a large international conference, a small business meeting, or simply attending a doctor’s appointment, matching the interpretation type to your particular setting enhances communication and promotes meaningful interactions across linguistic and cultural boundaries.