Consecutive Interpretation (often referred to as Community Interpreters)


Consecutive interpreting is intermittent interpreting delivered while the source language speaker pauses during the meeting. It is important to keep in mind that, due to the intermittent nature of consecutive interpreting, schedule timing can almost be double the time required for delivery of a single language.

The process sounds simple but training and a good memory is very important. When a speaker pauses or finishes speaking, the interpreter then “reframes” a portion of the message or the entire message into the target language. It is important for the speakers to provide pauses or breaks so that the interpreter can convey the message.

Consecutive interpretation is for situations involving a small number of people. Examples would be medical appointments, business meetings, interviews or any type of one-on-one exchange.

Phone interpretation is now replacing these small face-to-face interactions, as it eliminates interpreter travel time, offers a wider availability of languages, lower costs for short meetings, and can accommodate last minute requirements with connection to interpreters within seconds.

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