What is simultaneous translation?
Simultaneous translation refers to the immediate transfer of a spoken text into another language. Because transcription is done in real time, the correct term is simultaneous interpretation. Simultaneous interpreters are used at large events in particular, as they can transmit content into many languages without a major time commitment.
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The interpreters sit in a soundproof booth, usually with a direct view of the speakers, listen to their contributions via headphones and interpret in real time, usually with only a few seconds delay. In order for simultaneous interpreting to function smoothly, suitable conference technology is necessary.
Simultaneous translation means the transfer of a speech into the target language – in real time.
Simultaneous interpreting is a form of interpreting in which the interpretation for the listeners takes place almost simultaneously with the speech.
What an interpreter earns depends on the type of employment, the sector and the place of work. Salaried interpreters can usually expect a gross salary of around £2,200 to £2,600 per month. For freelancers, payment depends on the hourly rate set and the clientele.
If you hire a simultaneous interpreter, you will have to budget between £65.00 and £105.00 per hour, depending on the assignment.
The professional title of interpreter is not protected in Germany. Those who wish to work professionally in this occupation usually complete a three-year training course at a specialist academy, which ends with a state examination. In Germany, there are Master’s programmes for prospective simultaneous interpreters.