Interpreting relates to the spoken word as opposed to written words, which are usually translated from the source to the target language in writing.

When interpreting, a professional linguist listens to what the speaker says and repeats the content in the required target language verbally. This service allows for meetings, conferences or calls, to be between parties who don’t have a common language.

Consecutive interpreting: is used for meetings or situations where two parties are trying to converse about a certain subject. One party starts speaking and then stops after a few sentences, letting the interpreter translate and repeat the sentences in the language of the other party. This goes on two ways (the certified interpreter can translate from and into the target language) until the conversation is over.

Simultaneous interpreting: is used for conferences and large audience meetings. The certified interpreters translate verbally into the target language as the speaker proceeds. There is hardly any delay. The interpreters are in booths and cannot be heard by the conference participants other than through headsets. As one interpreter translates, she or he speaks into a system that is broadcast through the headsets. Two certified interpreters are typically required for this type of assignment, as it is very energy draining and can go on for many hours. Tell can provide the certified interpreters as well as the required equipment. If you wish to arrange for your own equipment, we would be happy to test it before the start of the conference or meeting.

Court interpreting: legal proceedings require knowledge of specialized terminology. Depending on the court and on the target language, interpreters may require a certification as court interpreter. Please do not hesitate to contact Tell to find out more. Any other legal translation requirement can be taken care of by Tell as well.

Other settings that might require an interpreter are:

Medical: our interpreters can provide services for doctors’ appointments, emergency services, hospital visits of any nature including psychiatric, as well as any communication related to surgeries and medical care.

Education: there is a significant amount of students from other countries in our school system, at times with families who are not yet acquainted with the English language. Tell offers interpreters for any communication between the school and the students and their family: from school applications, to parent-teacher conferences, to college preparation matters.

Video remote interpreting: considering the growth of video conferencing, video remote interpreting is also taking off. It is cost effective as no traveling time and costs are incurred. Please contact us if you need this service and we will provide more information.

Guide or escort interpreters: either they accompany visitors abroad or they welcome foreign visitors into their country, ensuring that they are able to communicate during their stay. These specialists interpret in both formal and informal settings. Frequent travel is common for them.

Phone calls, employee interviews: interpreters for this type of scenarios are also available.

Sign language interpreters facilitate communication between people who are deaf or hard of hearing and people who can hear. Sign language interpreters must be fluent in English and in American Sign Language (ASL), which combines signing, finger spelling, and specific body language. ASL is a separate language from English and has its own grammar.

For non-profits and certain types of governmental services, we may be able to arrange special interpreting rates.

Do I need a certified interpreter?

In order to become an interpreter, most states require that you be certified in your field, depending on the language. To become certified, a written and an oral examination may be required. There are specific legal and medical interpreter certifications. Requirements also vary depending on the state you are in, the organization you work for and the language.

In most cases it is best to use a certified interpreter. Though some situations may not require it, and a certified interpreter may not always be available at the requested time and place. Tell will evaluate your needs and make a reliable recommendation on how to proceed.

Did you know?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts the job market growth rate for interpreters to be around 46% from 2012 to 2022, which is much higher than the growth rate for the average career.  Employment growth will be driven by increasing globalization and by large increases in the number of non-English-speaking people in the United States. Most states are unable to cover their need for interpreters, particularly for certified interpreters.

The industries that employed the most interpreters and translators in 2012 were as follows:

Professional, scientific, and technical services 30%
Educational services; state, local, and private 25
Health care and social assistance 13
Government 7