What is Consecutive Interpretation?

Interpretation services are needed for different reasons. The most common methods of interpreting are consecutive interpretation and simultaneous interpretation. Below, you will find everything you need to know about consecutive interpretation and its benefits.

Consecutive interpretation is form of verbal communication. It takes place when the person with limited English proficiency speaks, and is followed by the interpreter's conversion of what was said to the English speaker. During these sessions, there are pauses or breaks between sentences when each party is speaking. In other words, the interpreter listens then interprets.

Consecutive interpreters are professionally trained for in-person, telephone and video remote interpretation appointments.

Consecutive Interpretation is best-fit for:


Parent-teacher Conferences

Attorney-client Meetings

Doctor's Appointments

Human Resources Training

Insurance Claims Meetings

Benefits of Consecutive Interpreting

The advantage or benefit of this type of communication is that it allows two or more people to have an uninterrupted conversation. The downside to this method is that the pauses in conversation(when the interpreter interprets what was said) adds to the total length of the co nversation. However, a rebuttal to that argument is that in situations where personal or confidential information is discussed, the length of time is necessary to ensure that the LEP person has a full understanding of his/her medical, legal or personal affairs.

When Consecutive Interpretation is NOT Best-fit

A consecutive interpreter is not ideal are for large conventions or live television broadcasts. This is because consecutive interpretation works best in small-scale communicative events. In this situation, simultaneous interpretation is best-fit


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