What is Simultaneous Conference Interpretation?
Simultaneous Conference Interpretation is a demanding, highly skilled craft, used to establish simultaneous or consecutive verbal communication amongst multiple speakers and listeners who do not speak the same languages in sales meetings, cross border negotiations, industry and professional association conferences, training seminars and official state visits, where effective communication is always crucial.
A professional and experienced simultaneous or consecutive interpreter will endeavor to translate not only elements of meaning, but also the intention and feelings of the original speaker. In fact, the result is an intermediate stage of communication allowing listeners of the target language to experience the message in a way that is as close as possible to the experience of those who understand the original language. Professional and experienced conference interpreters do not translate words, they translate ideas, meaning, feeling and purpose; hence contextual, cultural, and subject matter competence is of crucial importance.
The interpreter must be capable of rising to the level of the speaker, and never make the speaker descend to his or her level.