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Simultaneous interpretation

Interpreting of oral translations has existed since early times. Some studies hint that it even existed in ancient Egypt. But we know from documented sources that interpreting services were used extensively during exploration and invasion campaigns. For example, it was used by Spaniards when they arrived in Central and South America.

Interpretation is oral translation of oral communication, as opposed to sight translation, which is oral translation of written texts. Few specialized fields in professional interpreting are business interpreting, court interpreting, community interpreting and signed language interpreting.

Conference Interpreting

Before World War I, French was considered as the international language and was used in all international meetings. However during World War I, many highly ranked British and American negotiators didn’t speak French, which led to the birth of Conference Interpreting. After the Nuremberg trials of 1945 and 1946, and subsequent Tokyo trials of 1946 and 1948, Conference interpreting became popular and much more widespread.

Modes and performance level are the major defining factors which distinguish conference interpreting from other forms of interpreting. Conference interpreting can follow either of the two modes i.e. consecutive or simultaneous translation and has very high performance level.

Most conference interpreters classify the languages in which they work into the following three main categories:

  1. ‘A’ languages are the languages in which the conference interpreter has high levels of command, just as they would have over their native language. Conference interpreters work very well with A languages.
  2. ‘B’ languages are non native languages for the interpreter, in which the conference interpreter has good command, but not of the same level as an A language. Conference interpreters can work in the B languages as well.
  3. ‘C’ languages are passive languages for the conference interpreter. The conference interpreter can translate oral speech from a C language into A or B category languages, but cannot translate into C category of languages.


Consecutive Interpreting vs. Simultaneous Interpreting vs. Whispered Interpreting

Consecutive interpreting requires collaboration between the speaker and the consecutive interpreter. It begins with the interpreter listening to few minutes of a speech segment, taking notes and then delivering that segment into the target language. Once the first segment is complete, speaker resumes and completes the second segment after which the whole process is repeated, right until the end of the speech.

On the other hand a simultaneous interpreter translates the speaker’s speech from source language to target language almost instantaneously through a microphone, while listening to the speech simultaneously. A simultaneous interpreter would sit in an interpreting booth, listen to the speaker through a headset and interpret or translate what they hear directly into the microphone, which is then directed towards the delegates in conference room, who also use a headset to listen to translated version of speech. Simultaneous interpreting is also used by signed language interpreters, which is used to translate or interpret for the deaf people.

Whispered interpreting is a form of simultaneous interpreting in which the interpreter sits in the conference room, next to the delegate or delegates, who need the interpreting or translations. Whispered interpreter first listens to the speech and then interprets the speech simultaneously and whisper it into the ears of delegate or delegates. Whispered interpreting can only be used for very few delegates sitting or standing together and is often used in bilateral meetings.

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QUALITY TRANSLATIONS


Our team comprises both professional in-house and freelance linguists all of whom have expert accreditation and are well trained and highly skilled.

FAST TURNAROUND


As a leading global supplier of translation services, our expertise and ability to provide a fast, high quality response is in high demand around the world.

COMPETITIVE PRICES


Our range of services is as comprehensive as our expertise in providing fast, efficient, tailor-made translation services for the UK and international markets.


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Universal Language Solutions offers an accurate, timely and efficient professional service. Having Universal Language Solutions as a service provider is a guarantee of quality and an excellent service at a fair price.

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WHY OUR CUSTOMERS LOVE US!

We've worked with Universal Language Solutions on a number of web projects for the last few years now and have no hesitation in recommending them to supply fast and accurate translations across multi-languages. Offering a friendly and professional service they are a pleasure to work with.

Michael Lopatis, Senior Store Manager, Universal Music (Digital Stores)

We have used ULS for a quick, easy and cost effective translation service. International request's from our customers for detailed information on our brands are no longer an issue using the ULS translators - highly recommended!

John Paterson, General Manager, drpawpaw.com

ULS have undertaken several projects for us, their customer care is excellent and they are very professional and cost-effective in the work they do for us and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to someone.

Naeem Darr, Manager, MDUK Media

We've been working with Universal Language Solutions for a couple of years now and the company always provides perfect translations, quickly and efficiently. I would certainly recommend and will continue recommending Universal Language Solutions.

Gerusa Fernandez , Legal Representative, Sterling Law & Associates - London

I have worked with Universal Language Solutions for over seven months now and couldn't recommend them enough. They are efficient, professional and understanding when there is a deadline involved! They are the departments go to for any translation requests and I look forward to working with them much more in the future.

Laura Price, International PR & Marketing, Americana International Ltd.

Universal Language Solutions offers an accurate, timely and efficient professional service. Having Universal Language Solutions as a service provider is a guarantee of quality and an excellent service at a fair price.

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We always use Universal Language Solutions and have never experienced any problems. They translate many languages at a very affordable price. I would certainly recommend this company's services.

Amanda Gama, Accounts Assistant, LondonHelp4u - London

Universal Language Solutions has become our one-stop shop for all our translation and voice-over needs because of their quick, accurate and professional service at a competitive price.

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We have used Universal Language Solutions’s translation services for several years. They provide a good service at very competitive rates. They are very efficient and reliable. I would certainly recommend this company’s services.

Livia Suassuna, Director, Martins Costa Immigration, London

Universal Language Solutions offers an accurate, timely and efficient professional service. Having Universal Language Solutions as a service provider is a guarantee of quality and an excellent service at a fair price.

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