Ad hoc interpreting
In ad hoc interpreting (also known as ‘liaison interpreting’), information is relayed by the interpreter a few sentences at a time. This service is ideal for small groups (two to three participants) and informal situations such as hospital visits or solicitor appointments. No special equipment is required.
In consecutive interpreting, the speaker pauses every two to five minutes to allow the interpreter to relay what has been said. Consecutive interpreting is often used in business meetings, court proceedings or conferences and is ideal for medium-sized groups. Some special equipment, such as a microphone, may be required.
This service is used for large meetings where speakers of several different languages may be present. Interpreters, often working in pairs, interpret the event’s proceedings as they occur. Special equipment such as listening booths, headphones and microphones are required.