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Consecutive Interpreting Services

Sometimes you don’t need to understand what’s being said the second it’s being said, but you do need to know in the very near future. The consecutive interpretation of your meeting, legal appointment or workshop will ensure that these events will run smoothly.

What is Consecutive Interpreting?

The consecutive interpretation of spoken words happens after sections of speech. The interpreter waits for a suitable break before delivering the speech in the target language. No technology is normally required.

Your events will take longer, but consecutive interpreting makes them accessible and, because the interpreter is a face in the middle of the action, somewhat more personable for all involved.

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Where Consecutive Interpreting is used

Dialogue has recently provided consecutive interpreters for business meetings, workshops and professional footballer salary negotiations, but we also supply consecutive interpreting for:

  • Legal appointments
  • Medical appointments
  • Press conferences
  • Teleconferences
  • Technical product pitches

Advantages of Consecutive Interpreting 

 Consecutive interpreting is ideal for meetings and more intimate gatherings, when slightly more time can be taken to understand each other and where the ‘human’ touch is important. Some other advantages of consecutive interpreting include:  

  • Less man-power: one interpreter is usually required per job, rather than pairs who work in shifts as in simultaneous interpreting 
  • No need for extra equipment 
  • Flexibility of location when telephone or video conferencing can be used 
  • Lower costs as a result of the above 
  • A more personal and emotional experience 
  • More engagement from the audience 

Consecutive Interpreting Languages

At Dialogue our wide network of skilled interpreters are perfectly placed to interpret events in a variety of language options, including. Currently our most commonly required languages are English/Arabic, English/German, English/Chinese and English/French

How do Dialogue’s Consecutive Interpreting services work?  

Step 1.

We set up a pre-event briefing to establish the best service for you as well as the event’s objectives.

Step 2.

We select the most suitable interpreters from our world class network and brief them with as many relevant materials as possible. 

Step 3.

If required, we set up a conference call between you, our interpreters and us to drill down on any questions or preferences. 

Step 4.

We liaise with our team and ensure everyone is ready to go the night before. 

Step 5.

You arrive at the event allowing you to do what you do best: your job. 

Dialogue’s German interpreting services are always professional. We couldn’t ask for any more from a company which clearly understands our business.

MAN Truck & Bus

MAN Truck & Bus

- HR Manager

Dialogue UK are my go-to supplier for all things language related. They are approachable, quick to respond and always accurate with the content they turn around for us. As an aside from being easy to work with, they have very competitive rates and cover all the languages we ever need.

Said Business School, Oxford University

Said Business School, Oxford University

Over the years Dialogue has provided a fast and professional translation service, allowing us to support generating set customers worldwide.



Consecutive Interpreting FAQs

The interpreters sit in a booth and translate into headsets what’s being presented simultaneously. The audience will hear the translation in their own language through an earpiece connected to the interpreters.  

It works after sections of speech. The speaker delivers a short chunk of speech, stops and the interpreter delivers the same chunk verbally in the target language. 

This is most suitable for smaller gatherings such as meetings and small workshops, and allows for more engagement from the participants.  Bear in mind, the nature of it will break up speech to allow the interpreter to translate so this option will prolong the meeting to accommodate the interpreter.  

Typically it is less expensive, requiring one interpreter rather than a team, and no equipment. It offers more flexibility regarding location too which can be a cost factor. Consecutive interpreting is charged from £500 a day.