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Simultaneous Interpreting

Simultaneous Interpreting (sometimes referred to as Simultaneous Translation, or SI) is used to provide an audience made up of individuals speaking different languages with a facility to understanding the exact nature of what is being communicated to them. The information is interpreted, as spoken, from the speaker's source-language; the interpreter then conveys the translated message into a microphone which is, in turn, delivered to the target-listeners via their headsets. This method of translation entails the interpreter to relay communications in the appropriate target-language efficiently and with a high degree of accuracy. Events such as conferences and seminars often carry with them a requirement for highly skilled linguists.

These individuals are required not only to have a good command of different languages, but also to understand and communicate the numerous relevant terminologies that will, in all likelihood, be referred to throughout the duration of such events. As is the case with any conference, the effective communication of ideas, plans and proposals is optimum. Indeed, the primary function of a conference is to reach out to your client base in a manner that is concise, clear and not overstated; to present your message in a way that demonstrates sensitivity to your audience.

In the case where there is a multi-lingual presence, the need for simultaneous communications to be made effectively is of paramount importance. Translation service providers offer simultaneous interpretation, providing their clients with the facility to be able to achieve a smooth, concurrent level of communication between their clients' customers. In this way, business needs are met with minimal attention being drawn to the language barrier. Supplying the client with the right individuals for the task will empower them with the means to impart their message to their target audience in a professional and inclusive manner. With the addition of organising travel arrangements for its translators, as well as offering the facility to provide the necessary audio equipment, a translation service provider can potentially provide complete end-to-end language solutions for its clients needs.

The obvious benefits SI brings to the industry are manifold. To take one example, let's make the analogy that a company is in the market to supply a generic product for which its exportation potential is boundless. The product, at the time however, may only be aimed at a particular market. Without the facility to express the products advantages, a major obstacle is created that will inevitably prevent growth.

The product itself might be of the utmost relevance for that particular audience, but without the means to convey this, the possible benefits will go completely unnoticed. The key advantage to providing SI is that companies can now reach audiences that they would not have had access to before, whilst also freeing-up the possibility for an easy discourse between partners on products and their suitability. The technical expertise that language specialists provide help make such events as conferences and seminars a success. When an audience is equipped with the facility to fully understand the message that is being conveyed to them, the language barrier is rendered practically non-existent. This allows discussions to flow freely and helps achieve a high standard of clarity. As we move forward into an ever culturally diversifying future, requirements such as these can only grow in scope and specification as new business communities continue to develop, making the need to communicate more and more imperative.

By creating an arena for easy and clear discourse, simultaneous translation bridges a gap that allows communications, and therefore business, to flourish.

Shohreh Fleming is CEO and co-founder of Prestige Network Ltd., and Translation Services-UK.com. To view other articles by Shohreh, please click on the link http://www.translationservices-uk.com

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