How remote interpreting can improve your international video calls

International video calls are an excellent way to connect with remote team members, partners and clients. Unfortunately, language barriers can sometimes make these conversations difficult to understand. This is where remote interpreting comes in handy.

Whilst there are many different types of remote interpreting services available on the market today, they all have one thing in common: they allow you to talk face-to-face with someone who speaks a different language, without them ever having to leave their home country.

This blog post will examine how remote interpreting can improve your international video meetings by making them more productive and cost-effective.

What is remote interpreting?

Remote interpreting involve a live linguist interpreting face-to-face conversations or video calls from one language to another in real-time. For example, an interpreter could work on a face-to-face meeting via a video call.

Alternatively, remote interpreters can also work on video calls where participants are all in different locations. Essentially, it includes those where the interpreter and the other video call participants are not in the same room.

What are the benefits of international video call interpreting?

A significant proportion of the global population now works remotely part-time or full-time and this has helped to fuel the remote language service industry’s growth.

With cross-country boundaries becoming more blurred, virtual video call interpreting is fast becoming a vital asset for international businesses.

There are countless benefits to working with remote translators and interpreters, including:

  • It is cost-effective. Interpreters can be hired on a project by project basis which means you only pay for what you need when you need it. With DA Languages, you can easily access an interpreter on-demand via our app.
  • It is time-saving. You don’t have to wait around for an interpreter to arrive since they work remotely from their own home country.
  • It gives you access to a larger pool of remote interpreters. Depending on your circumstances, it may be difficult and time-consuming to find an interpreter in the country where you need them.
  • It is efficient. It is quick and easy to set up a remote interpreting for your video calls.
  • It is instantaneous. You can get instant feedback from participants about how effective the remote interpreting was during the video call.

How does remote interpreting work in international video calls?

Remote video call interpreting can be delivered in a number of different ways. Here are some common remote interpreting methods.

Consecutive interpreting

This type of remote interpreting involves the interpreter summarising what is being said after every pause or break by one of the participants on your video conference. There is typically 30 to 60-second pauses between speakers.

The main benefit of this is that it gives remote participants a chance to think and formulate their responses, however, it’s more time-consuming than simultaneous video call interpreting.

It’s easy to set up a consecutive interpreting for an international video call because no special equipment is needed.

Simultaneous interpreting

This method involves the interpreter delivering a full conveying of your video call as it happens, without any gaps in between speakers. There are several types of simultaneous interpreting methods depending on how many languages you require and for what purpose.

When it comes to international video calls where multiple languages are being spoken, simultaneous interpreters will often translate from one language into another via an earpiece or headset. This ensures that only the desired recipient hears the interpreting. You’ll need multiple translators if there are 2 or more languages being spoken on the call.

Simultaneous interpreting offers a range of benefits for all participants, including that it’s less distracting, quick and efficient.

How to book a remote interpreting service with DA Languages

We can provide phone and video interpreting services for those who require a high-quality remote language services. Our expert translators can provide a live interpreting via Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WEBEX and even WhatsApp.

We have a dedicated app, whereby you can instantly gain access to a pool of 20,000 interpreters online at any time. Ready to get started? Get in touch with a member of the DA Languages team today.

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