Consecutive interpreting

Consecutive interpreting is a sequential form of interpreting.
The interpreter listens and takes notes while the speaker is presenting. When the speaker pauses after a few sentences the interpreter presents the previous statements in the target language.

Please note that this form of interpreting is more time-consuming as each statement is essentially delivered twice. For this reason it is only recommended for shorter assignments.

Consecutive interpreting is the preferred format for activities such as welcome and after-dinner speeches, bilateral negotiations, press conferences, interviews, ceremonial occasions such as commemorative speeches and guided tours. Sworn or certified interpreters also use this format for assignments involving official agencies, such as courts, registry offices, police, hospitals, prisons or notaries.

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