Communicating with International Visitors in Other Languages, through an Interpreter.
At big international trade shows or conferences, where attendance is high, it’s common to meet potential clients from abroad. Working with an interpreter at your events favours the contact with that audience and transmits proficiency and professionalism. Their profiles are selected based on both their experience, language skills. It is equally essential for them to be also proactive, friendly and approachable.
International events will be back post-Covid. In-person communication is something vital to almost every industry, even in 2020. Therefore, we thought of having a look ahead and make your ready for your future events, when the time will come.
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Beyond Linguistic Barriers
An interpreter integrates into the core team at the exhibition stand or conference space. This person will work representing the branding and primary principles that characterise the company, sharing their values and collaborating to reach the goals set.
What is an Interpreter?
An interpreter is an expert in foreign languages and communications that conveys clients voices, including their identities, emotions and information to their audience. This professional role translates orally during an event, and they are required whenever part of the audience doesn’t speak the local language fluently.
Generally speaking, an interpreter specialises and works with two languages: their mother tongue and their second chosen language. However, this person can also use a third or even a fourth language, as long as this is at a proficient or higher level.
Many people mistake a translator for an interpreter. An interpreter is a person specially trained to convert SPOKEN messages from one language to another.
A translator is a person specially trained to convert WRITTEN text from one language to another.
The interpreter doesn’t merely convert spoken messages to other languages but makes sure the parties understand each other. For example, by adding, when necessary, some observations to make the translation more precise and with useful information to exchange opinions for those involved in the communication.
What Are the Most Important Languages for UK Events?
As we already mentioned in past articles, the most critical languages for events in the UK (above English) are:
- French (the 2nd import/export country for the UK);
- German (the 2nd most spoken native language in Europe, after English);
- Chinese (the most spoken native language in the world);
- Spanish (the 2nd most spoken language in the world);
Let’s not underestimate Arabic (the 3rd most spoken native language in the world) and Russian. They are both two vital languages for future market expansions.
To obtain all this, an interpreter needs to have an excellent knowledge of foreign languages, cultures and natural communication skills.
Professional interpreters should be carefully selected based on:
- all the above skills,
- testing their skills,
- verifying their certifications,
- making sure they translate neutrally on both sides, to transmit professionalism and install an efficient dialogue.
That is what an interpreting and event staffing agency does for its clients so that they can focus on other aspects of their businesses and events.
Event Staff: Why Should you Rely on Interpreters?
Let’s find out why relying on interpreters is useful and what their responsibilities are.
Interpreter: Oral Conversations
The translation of oral conversations is a regular task for interpreters; however, this doesn’t mean it’s the easiest one. They should be able to quickly re-elaborate information from one language to the other, knowing the industry’s terminology used by the speakers and predict the so-called set-phrases, used to translate more rapidly.
Sight translation is the next step and refers to the process of reading a document or piece of writing in the original language, and translating it out loud in the target language. It requires excellent knowledge of both languages, and it’s highly requested.
Interpreter: Sign Language
Translation doesn’t just happen ‘from one language to the other’, as interpreters can even translate from and into Sign Languages. That used mainly by and for people who are Deaf or have hearing impairments.
There are somewhere between 138 and 300 different types of sign language used throughout the world today. Popular Forms of Sign Language Used Around the World are:
– Auslan (Australian Sign Language)
– BSL (British Sign Language)
– CSL (Chinese Sign Language)
– ISL (Irish Sign Language)
– JSL (Japanese Sign Language)
– SSL (Spanish Sign Language)
Interpreters can specialise in Sign Language. In that case, it’s necessary to know perfectly both languages.
Interpreter: relational skills
A professional interpreter doesn’t stop at having linguistic skills: excellent relational skills are fundamental too. A good interpreter should know how to:
– Guide tourists or foreigners and making sure they can communicate during their visit;
– Establish a collaborative relationship with other interpreters and being able to teamwork;
– Understanding the cultural environment of the target audience.
The role of an interpreter is unique: it involves a list of extraordinary challenges, it’s not easy, however, for those passionate about foreign languages and cultures, it offers the opportunity to travel the world and discover different values.
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Rox Event Staff is the only event staffing agency in London that helps you take the headache out of staffing and event marketing in one place.
We operate nationwide across the UK with over 2,000 dynamic COVID-19 trained events staff on our growing roster. We have dedicated account management, event marketers, staff’s right-to-work checks, training and skills tests on all workers, taking care of payroll too.
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