Interpreters are in great demand in the current global climate. With people from all over the world participating in business meetings, conferences and events, overcoming the language barrier naturally becomes the key to ensuring all attendees contribute and benefit from such occasions. The interpreter is an integral cog in the wheel of cross cultural communication. Knowing how to hire and work with an interpreter is a must for international business personnel.
Working with an interpreter offers challenges. Interpreters on the whole have a stressful job. Unlike translators they do not have the luxury of breaks and time to think. Interpreters have to perform ‘live’ and in front of an audience. In order to ensure you get the best out of an interpreter, good communication is necessary.
Interpretation is the verbal translation of a conversation or presentation. Interpreter’s role is to ensure communication between parties is as clear as possible and misunderstandings are minimized. Having an interpreter allows you to express yourself in your native language. An interpreter can help you bide time to formulate responses in negotiations and assist you in understanding cultural differences.
There are various modes of interpreting: Whispered interpreting, consecutive interpreting and simultaneous interpreting.
In whispered interpreting, mainly performed during court proceedings, the interpreter sits next to the listener and whispers the words into his or her ear. In consecutive interpreting, the interpreter listens to the speaker deliver part of a speech and then translates it into another language. Simultaneous interpretation involves orally translating a speech as it is delivered, in real time.
You probably wonder in which situations you may be needed an interpreter Interpreters work in situations where there is a language barrier, for example in China. If you have business meeting, conferences, presentations and other situations where one or more people cannot understand each other Chinese interpreter in China can solve all communication difficulties.
Hiring an interpreter is the easy part. Most agencies that provide interpreters will only work with qualified and experienced interpreters. In addition, they will ensure an interpreter is familiar with the subject matter, i.e. an interpreter specialising in medicine will not be used in an agricultural conference. The cost of hiring an interpreter depends on the language combination, as well as the length, nature and location of the assignment.