Public service interpreting
Language interpreting, not to be confused with acting! There are various different types. In my BA, I trained in consecutive and simultaneous.
In consecutive interpreting, the interpreter takes notes as you speak and reproduces them, say in Spanish, when you stop speaking.
In simultaneous interpreting, the interpreter relays your message more or less as you speak, perhaps a sentence or two behind. This is what is used in conferences that have interpreting facilities. I found it a lot easier than consecutive, even though you have to be listening and translating in your head the next sentence while relaying the previous one!
What I offer today is somewhere in between and is called liaison interpreting, because you are liaising between two people, say an interviewer and an interviewee. One person says a few sentences, they stop, I reproduce them in Spanish. The other person says a few sentences, they stop, I reproduce that, and so on. No notes are used unless not to forget a key detail like a name or a figure. It is useful for public service appointments, and that’s where I have used it so far. It is also handy for business meetings or trade fair appointments.
I offer interpreting services between English and Spanish. Spanish is my mother tongue. Additionally, I have lived in the UK for twenty years and am used to a variety of accents. I have also travelled and met other English accents, such as Canadian, Kiwi and Australian.
I can also interpret between English and Galician, my second mother tongue, which I speak regularly with my family and studied to degree level. Finally, I can offer French for the right assignment. I use French less these days.
Pili was a joy to work with. Her excellent English and Spanish translation skills enabled my wife and registrar to follow everything that was said during a meeting where we were giving our notice of marriage. She was able to attend the appointment on such short notice and followed up afterward to ensure everything was understood. I recommend Pili because she’s professional, delivers and follows up.
(Michael Barber, Senior Associate at J.P. Morgan)