Interpretation Modes

The interpretation mode is the setting in which the interpretation is performed.

These are the 8 Interpretation modes:

 1. Medical interpretation

Medical interpreters allow the communication between the medical staff and their patients. A thorough knowledge of medical terminology and practices is a must in medical interpretation. They are usually formally instructed and certified.


2. Community interpretation

Community interpreters work in a Public Sector. There are several elements that can affect the outcome if community interpretation, such as: the emotional content; a hostile environment; stress or; the hierarchy levels of the subjects involved.


3. Legal and Court interpretation

Legal and Court interpretation (Juridical interpretation) can be simultaneous or consecutive. It comes with a high level of responsibility; a mediocre interpreter or one that has not been sworn could overrule a trial. This mode is more notorious since the 9/11 trials.


4. Conference interpretation

Conference interpretation takes place in a conference such as, UN congresses. It can be simultaneous or consecutive.


5. Escort interpretation

Escort interpretation is a type of liaison interpretation. The interpreter accompanies a person or group to an interview or tour.


6. Marketing interpretation

An interpreter sits inside a soundproof booth and, with the help of headphones to hear the speaker; delivers the message in the target language. There is a mirror that lets the interpreter see the audience. He has to also imitate the tone, laughs and emotions of the speaker.


7. Media interpretation

An interpreter watches the speaker from a screen. Due to the nature of this kind of interpretation, it is done simultaneously and, can be very stressful because of many external elements such as: background noise, and technical difficulties in live broadcasts. We can see this kind of interpretation in the Olympics or interviews to politicians.


8. Sign Language interpretation

An interpreter with no hearing problems conveys the message to a non-hearing person through sign language, and vice-versa.

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