Calliope’s interpretation services cover all types of interpretation: simultaneous, consecutive, whispered or using a tour-guide system. While most of our work is at on-site meetings, we can also provide services remotely, through videoconferencing or webcasting.
Types of Interpretation
Simultaneous interpretation is the preferred option for many events as it is unobtrusive and speeches are interpreted into various different languages in real time. Often incorrectly referred to as "simultaneous translation", simultaneous interpretation requires preparation and trained experts.
Consecutive interpretation is generally used for smaller, more intimate meetings and for diplomatic visits. In this mode of interpretation, speakers deliver their speeches in complete passages or chunks before pausing to allow the interpreter to translate their words.
This is a form of simultaneous interpretation performed by an interpreter who whispers the interpretation to one or two individuals. Whispered interpretation only works in exceptional situations, since the interpreter’s voice may disturb other participants or the interpreter may be too far away to hear the speaker properly.
This form of interpretation makes use of a small tour-guide system and is suitable for situations where delegates and interpreters need to be on the move. The system consists of just a radio transmitter and headsets, making it light and easy to carry.
As a result of the 2020 pandemic and the ban on large gatherings, there has been an unprecedented increase in distance interpretation. The interpreters are in a different location from the speakers, signers or audience, and interpretation is enabled by information and communications technology. The technology concerned may be standard videoconferencing or messaging systems, dedicated interpretation platforms, or a combination of the two.
Calliope and its members all belong to the International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC), which sets standards in the field of conference interpreting.