We often hear the word “interpreter” used interchangeably with “translator,” but the two are quite different. Both centre around converting one language to another with while preserving the intended meaning. The disparity is in the application. Translation of any kind involves the written word. Interpretation belongs to the world of the spoken word. One is visual, the other auditory.
Within interpretation, there are also two different worlds. Consecutive interpretation consists of the speaker giving one or more sentences in the source language and making a pause for the interpreter to give the other parties the message in the target language. Its counterpart is simultaneous interpretation, in which the speaker does not pause. The interpreter must work quickly to interpret the words to the listener. This is often accomplished with the use of headsets and microphones, so the speakers do not drown each other out.
Interpretation services is an ancient and storied profession, requiring fluency in both the source and the target language, and experience in the interpreter’s area of focus. Interpretation services involve complex skills used under pressure, whether over the phone or in person.
Let’s look at some areas of business that use professional interpreters, and how their work influences the settings. This will shed light on the necessity of interpretation services in areas we often take for granted.
Every successful business must maintain a high standard of communication with and among their employees. Companies with multilingual employees or multinational branches often rely on professional interpreters and use every kind of service offered. Business interpretation services, whether simultaneous or consecutive, with the interpreter on-site or working remotely, are vital for keeping the operation running smoothly. Here are some scenarios to illustrate this:
Business to business commerce is an often overlooked side of any industry, but billions of dollars, yen, and zlotys move in these channels every day. Companies sell each other parts and equipment or pass goods between each other on their journey to completion and consumption by the end user. Professional business interpretation services come in handy for dozens of situations, including trade shows and expositions. One or many companies may hold an event to show their products to foreign clients or travel to their prospects’ country to make new alliances.
Sometimes the best way to learn about something is to see it firsthand. Interpretation services find a perfect home in the world of study tours. Trade organizations, sports organizations, students, and many other groups travel to sites of interest for research, business purposes, or simple pleasure. Professional interpreters can be found working with a group at historical sites, legislative chambers, and shop floors across the world. The study tour may be using simultaneous interpretation services with headsets, or consecutive interpretation, with the interpreter, speaking after the guide speaks.
In a medical situation, a language barrier is a terrifying obstacle. Quick access to professional interpretation services over the phone can save time, effort, and lives. Phone interpretation is available 24-7 with professional interpreters fluent in the language and terminology needed, or an on-site interpreter can be scheduled. Here are a few reasons why the medical community absolutely must use medical interpretation:
A real estate agency can benefit greatly from using professional interpretation services. The market for individuals fluent in languages other than English is a fast-growing group with tremendous buying power, and a realtor who enters that market opens up new horizons for their business. The immigrant population, as well as second-generation citizens and onward, is also growing rapidly and has more purchasing power than ever before. The real estate market, both personal and commercial, is full of potential in the area of multilingual conversations that become sales. Real estate interpretation services can be used over the phone, or a scheduled interpreter can be present for large deals such as the sale of a commercial building or complex.
Interpretation services are particularly important for legal services and the legal profession. It is especially important to use a professional legal interpreter as they will have a deep familiarity with legal terms and practices in both languages and will also be well aware of cultural differences. It is also extremely important to use a professional legal interpreter because they will be able to interpret the words while keeping the intended message intact. The client should have complete confidence that their legal interpreter is not bending their words in any way, whether knowingly or accidentally. Professional legal interpretation services are not only used in the courtroom, but also when taking depositions in the attorney’s office, speaking with law enforcement, and more.
Financial firms have a responsibility to help clients handle their finances and major transactions in life well. Clients have a right to know what is happening with their investments, what risks they are taking, and what their choices are. Small and large financial firms must have confident access to financial interpretation over the phone for instant service, or to schedule an on-site interpreter. The need for professional financial interpretation extends to banks, financial advisors, investment firms, stockbrokers, and loans. As previously mentioned, the population and buying power of people proficient in languages other than English is expanding, and their financial guidance needs must be met.
A good example of an application is Telephone interpretation for insurance claims.
Access to telephone or on-site interpretation services makes any travel agency, hotel, or resort look more intelligent, more upscale, and more dedicated to its clients. It only makes sense that an organization based on helping its clients see the world should be able to converse with the world’s peoples in their home language. A business that accommodates its clients in this way earns their goodwill and trust, which will earn them rave reviews and word-of-mouth referrals, a valuable form of advertising.
Last but far from least, the government is an area where we could not do without professional interpreters for one day. Government is unique in that it requires interpreters from all areas of expertise, blending legal interpretation with business interpretation, medical with financial, and more. Interpreters skilled in matters of government are routinely involved in situations such as:
There is no substitute for a live interpreter who is not only fluent in both the source and the target language but is intimately acquainted with the field the client is working in. A professional who knows the correct terminology and the intricacies of context is essential, as well as their ability to keep the message intact. Many of the situations illustrated here overlap, making a human expert interpreter even more important. JR Language is proud to offer professional interpretation services over the phone, guaranteeing quick assistance, as well as help with scheduling an interpreter to work with you on site for simultaneous and consecutive assignments.