Nowadays, many people have started to use video remote interpreting services. It’s a fast, easy, and reliable way to get connected to a professional interpreter. Following are some tips for you to prepare for a remote interpreting session.
Speak directly to the other participants, not the interpreter
After opening a video chat window, many people are used to looking at the screen from time to time and talking directly with the interpreter. However, usually this is not the best way to work with a remote interpreter. Remember, the conversation is all about you and the other participants in the room with you. The interpreter is only providing language support, and the role of the interpreter shouldn’t be more than that in the conversation. The interpreter is not taking part in any decision making or answering any technical question for you unless it’s about an issue with interpreting. Your focus should be on the interaction with the other participants, and you don’t need to look at the screen from time to time.
Don’t assume the interpreter knows everything about the conversation
Even when you work with a remote interpreter who has extensive experience in the industry, you shouldn’t assume the interpreter understands everything about your conversation, especially when you are talking about some abstract concepts or using obscure words. If you are not sure if the interpreter truly understands an important word or concept you bring up, you may either provide a brief explanation or pause and see if the interpreter needs any clarification. If necessary, you may send a list with obscure concepts and words you may use to the interpreter in advance.
You may want to show it on camera when you refer to something in the room
If you are referring to an object in the room, make sure you show it to the interpreter through the camera (unless you don’t want the interpreter to see it) so that the interpreter can know what you are talking about. In addition, if you are talking about some digital contents, such as a picture or a report, and if you don’t mind, you can also send those to the interpreter. This may greatly help the interpreter and ensure the session to run smoothly.
Run a testing video call and check all your devices beforehand
It’s important that you run a testing video call beforehand. You need to test the devices you would be using, and also check whether the internet connection is fast and stable enough for a quality video session. You need to make sure both sides can hear each other clearly, and check whether there is any delay with the audio. If there’s any background noise, you should also test whether it would affect your communication with each other.
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