Not sure you need a professional interpreter for business meetings and conferences? Think again. The person who’s communicating for you when you can’t can make a big impression on your audience.
But first, what is interpreting? Interpreting is not the same thing as translation, although it requires some of the same skills. As translators, professional interpreters are fully bilingual and have a strong international and local background.
Interpreting is a close to immediate transfer of a certain amount of sentences that have been written or signed. There are several interpreting specialties: conference interpreting, medical and legal interpreting, court interpreting, interpreting for arbitration are some of them. We can also find different modes of interpretation, among them simultaneous interpretation, consecutive interpretation or relay interpretation.
It is important to keep in mind that interpreting involves not only linguistic expertise but also industry knowledge and maybe even more importantly cultural sensitivity. In that sense, hiring professional interpreters can allow you to communicate effectively to your clients and to your stakeholders. Hiring an experienced interpreter for business settings sets a serious and professional tone. Ask a friend or colleague with some knowledge of a language but no real training, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
Moreover, beyond business, other reasons are easy to find for considering multilingual interpretation. In some particular cases, as for instance in the healthcare industry, the presence of a professional interpreter might be significant. In some multicultural societies, where two or more languages are spoken by the population, the translation of the documentation is not enough since oral communication is essential. For the 25 million people in the United States with limited English proficiency, the potential for medical mishaps is multiplied. A trained medical interpreter can make all the difference.
We found this video, admittedly an oldie but interesting and had to share. While it’s a rather extreme example, this hilarious spot magnifies the importance of hiring an interpreter who really is a professional.
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