Simultaneous interpreting involves the interpreter rendering the speech at the same time as the speaker. The interpreter usually works in a soundproof booth. This form is particularly suitable for conferences. When interpreting for one or two people, whispered interpreting is more suitable. This technique involves the interpreter whispering, in real time, to the person in need of translation as the other person speaks.


Consecutive interpreting is done with the help of notes. The interpreter listens to what is being spoken for about 5 to 6 minutes, notes the essential statements, and then conveys them in the target language. Consecutive interpreting is mainly used for smaller events – such as business negotiations, company visits, training courses, etc.