Interpreting explained

What it is interpreting? How is it different to translation? How does it work, where does it take place? Find out all about interpreting.

The job of the interpreter is to convey a message spoken in one language into another. At many political summits and bilateral meetings interpreters make it possible for leaders to understand each other, even if not to agree. In our globalised times many international seminars and conferences also make use of conference interpretation.

Conference interpreting

The profession of conference interpreter is relatively new. There are essentially two ways of doing it: simultaneously or consecutively.



Most interpreters are freelance. Some are employees of international institutions or large companies. Every interpreting career is different.


Meet the practitioners

Interpreting is a speaking profession, so let’s hear the experts speak and tell us what they do.


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