Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
What is Interpretation?

Interpretation is the oral rendering of oral messages, and may be done either simultaneously or consecutively. Simultaneous interpretation is by far the best known of these techniques. Here, the interpreter sits in a booth receiving the message to be interpreted through earphones; then, having understood the message, he or she delivers it in the target language into a microphone. In consecutive interpretation, the interpreter takes notes while a speaker delivers the message (in five to seven minute long sections), and then the interpreter delivers the message in the target language, employing special note-taking and memory improvement techniques to increase the amount of information that can be accurately interpreted.