Consecutive Interpreting

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Do you need an interpreter for a conference, a congress or a speech in a large international event? International guests will be invited on stage, but the duration of their speech does not require a simultaneous interpreting system with booths?

Here you can find a consecutive interpreting service for conferences in Italian, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

Consecutive Interpreting in Rome
Consecutive Interpreting in Rome for the former Bosnian Prime Minister Hasan Muratović at Intersos NGO 10/25/2012 – Interpreter Silvia Cicciomessere

In consecutive interpreting, the interpreter is on the stage next to the speakers. When the foreign guest speaks, the interpreter takes notes, translating the speech for the other participants as soon as the guest stops speaking.

Consequently, the speaker delivers five to ten minutes of the speech, then leaves the floor to the interpreter, who translates for the audience. This interpreting technique has the advantage of limiting the costs for interpreting tools, since the interpreter is on the stage and does not need any booth, simply translating into the microphone.

The interpreter takes notes using a specific technique called consecutive note taking which is derived from shorthand and enables the interpreter to translate the whole content and every single nuance of the original discourse.

This interpreting method is especially suitable for:

  • Speeches lasting no more than two or three hours
  • Audience composed of no more than two linguistic groups

Consecutive interpreting is the perfect solution for a conference with a number of foreign guests who speak half an hour each in different languages, while the audience speak a single language. For instance, consecutive interpreting is the best way to manage a three-hour conference during which three guests coming from the United States, France, and Brazil speak to an Italian audience.

Remote consecutive interpreting services are also available, both over-the-phone and in video conference mode, through the Ablio platform.

To request a consecutive interpreting service in Rome in Italian, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French, please contact or phone +39 333 68 41 604. Availability to travel all around Italy and Europe.


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Silvia Cicciomessere

AITI Associate Translator
Master’s Degree in Conference Interpreting