Calliope and its members all belong to the International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC), which sets standards in the field of conference interpreting.
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Types of Interpretation
Calliope’s interpretation services cover all types of interpretation, be it simultaneous, consecutive, whispered or using a tour-guide system. While we work mostly on location, we can also provide services remotely, through video or webcasting.
Simultaneous interpretation is preferred for many events as it is unobtrusive and speeches are interpreted into various 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 diplomatic visits. In this mode of interpretation, speakers deliver their speeches in complete passages or chunks before pausing for interpretation.
This is a form of simultaneous interpretation performed by an interpreter who whispers the interpretation in the ear of one or two individuals. Whispered interpretation only works in a minority of situations since the interpreter’s voice may disturb other participants and, depending on seating, the interpreter may be too far away to hear the speaker properly.
Tour-guide system interpretation
This form of interpretation makes use of a small tour-guide system in situations where delegates and interpreters need to be mobile. The system uses only a radio transmitter and headsets, making it light and easy to carry.
Distance Simultaneous Interpretation (DSI)
As a result of the 2020 pandemic and the ban on large gatherings, there has been an unprecedented increase in distance interpretation whereby interpreting is provided from a location other than that of the speaker, signer or audience, and interpretation is enabled by information and communications technology. The technology concerned may be straightforward videoconferencing and messaging systems, dedicated interpretation platforms, or a combination of the two.