Consecutive Interpretation

What is Consecutive Interpretation?

In consecutive interpreting, the interpreter speaks after the source-language speaker has finished speaking. The interpreter sits or stands beside the source-language speaker, listening and taking notes as the speaker progresses through the message. When the speaker pauses or finishes speaking, the interpreter then renders the entire message in translated format.

The consecutive interpretation method is most suitable for depositions, courtroom proceedings, training activities, witness testimonies, short business meetings, press conferences, medical and job interviews.

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Frequently asked questions about Consecutive Interpreting

  • Does consecutive interpretation require special equipment? 

    No equipment is needed for consecutive interpretation. When used in site visits, we recommend using wireless transmitters and receivers for the ease of addressing a dispersed crowd in open-setting.

  • Are additional interpreters necessary for consecutive settings? 

    Although consecutive settings do not require the attendance of more than one interpreter, in meetings where mistakes cannot be tolerated both parties may elect to have an interpreter each for quality assurance. These types on consecutive interpretations with two linguists are very common for meetings of heads of state. Double interpreters are also used in Federal court hearings.

  • What are the advantages of consecutive interpreting?
    Consecutive interpretation is the simplest form of on-site interpretation. It does not require any special set-up. Our interpreter shows up to a proceeding or meeting like any other party and they perform the oral rendering of whatever is being said in the foreign language.
  • What are the disadvantages of consecutive interpreting?The regular flow of conversation gets frequently interrupted during meetings in which consecutive interpretation is used. After all the interpreter needs to provide the rendition of what is being said. As a result, meetings that utilize consecutive interpretations tend to proceed slower.