What is Consecutive Interpreting?

During consecutive interpreting, an interpreter listens to and analyzes the message while one of the meeting or conversation participants is speaking, and then delivers the interpretation into another language when the speaker or conversation participant pauses. Generally, they work alone and require the speaker or conversation participant to pause every 2-3 sentences in order to maintain accuracy and completeness of the interpreted message.

When to Use Consecutive Interpreting

It is most effective in question-and-answer sessions (such as a focus group or a press conference), small meetings with few participants, person-to-person communication, such as doctor-patient encounters, interviews, etc., as well as short presentations that allow for additional time for the interpreter to speak. Please note that meeting organizers should generally allow up to twice as much time for sessions.

Example of Consecutive Interpreting

Source: United States Courts

Consecutive and Simultaneous Interpreting

Source: United States Courts