CERTIFIED TOURING & ESCORT INTERPRETING SERVICES
WHAT IS TOURING INTERPRETING
It might be slightly different than you’d first think. In this case, “touring” refers to interpreting equipment that can be moved around with the interpreter. For example, this set up is ideal for a tour of a factory where simultaneous interpreting is needed. With the tour group moving from one place to another, there’s no way to use a stationery sound-proof booth set-up.
TRAVELING INTERPRETING VS. ESCORT INTERPRETING
So what do you call it when an interpreter travels with their client? This is sometimes termed “traveling interpreter,” it’s also called “escort interpreting.” An escort interpreter accompanies a client while they’re traveling for business. Many of these terms are used interchangeably, depending on who you’re speaking with. We can guide you to the right solution. Contact us to tell us more about what you need interpreted.
WHEN IS TOURING EQUIPMENT USED?
It’s ideal for small groups touring a facility, especially in a noisy factory where it might be difficult to hear. Tour interpreting is not recommended for large conferences, there are far better solutions larger groups. Some of the advantages of using touring equipment include:
- A group is free to move around
- Tour systems are economical
- Takes up less room, when there’s absolutely not enough space for a booth
CAN TOURING EQUIPMENT TAKE THE PLACE OF CONFERENCE INTERPRETING?
Not really. There are many factors which make touring equipment difficult to use in larger conference settings. There are a lot of noises and distractions in a room full of people. The interpreter will not be able to concentrate the same way as they can in a sound-proof booth. If it’s an important event, you’re taking chances with the quality of the interpretation to use a mobile touring set-up. Also the portable transmitters don’t reach as far as the conference transmitters.
DO I STILL NEED EQUIPMENT FOR TOUR INTERPRETING?
Yes, interpreting equipment is still needed. The big difference with touring is that the equipment is not stationary, like with an interpreting booth. The equipment is carried on the body during a facility tour or small group activity.
IS TOURING INTERPRETING CONSECUTIVE OR SIMULTANEOUS?
Tour interpreting is simultaneous interpreting. That means the interpreter is translating at the same time the person is speaking. They’re not waiting for the person to finish speaking (consecutive interpreting). Because tour interpreting is simultaneous and demands intense focus, you’ll need at least two interpreters. The interpreter will work in 15-20 minute shifts with each other.
TOURING INTERPRETING 7 DAYS A WEEK
We’re always on call. Contact us 7 days a week for all your interpreting needs. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have, and we’ll guide you to the right solution to overcome any language barrier.