Consecutive Interpreting

In a more personal group with a more manageable number of participants, as is characteristic of conference interpreting, the usual technique used is consecutive interpreting. This refers to the traditional style of interpreting, where the interpreter first listens, taking brief notes according to their own personal technique, and then gives a prompt, succinct and well-structured reiteration in the target language.

Consecutive interpreting makes the process transparent and also quite personal, since the interpreter is also personally and tangibly involved. When the interpreter has found a good rhythm, the brief delays enable the participants to think about and evaluate what they have heard. This delaying effect encourages them to grapple with the respective topic. Consecutive interpreting is therefore also popular for ceremonial occasions, such as receptions or after-dinner speeches, and cultural events such as readings or premieres.

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