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Different types of interpreters and why you need them:

As a small business or brand owner, there is a large possibility that at some point in your career, you will run into a language barrier. Whether its hiring a new employee, or working with international clients - interpreters are here to bridge that gap. But what kind of interpreter is best for you? Here’s the rundown:

Face-to-Face Interpreters

For all of those at home international meetings, or employee interviews, its important and extremely helpful to have a face-to-face interpreter ready. These interpreters are hired to show up in person and translate your conversations in real-time, working in both languages involved. These are most helpful for lengthy, or even confidential meetings as you and them are in direct contact for the extent of the meeting. A benefit to a face-to-face interpreter is the ability for them to not only translate words, but body languages and social cues as well. Most trained interpreters learn culture as much as language and will offer a synopsis of the meeting after it is finished.

Over-the-phone Interpreters

Most often used in the case of international clients that can not meet face-to-face, overo-the-phone interpreters act as a silent liason on your conference calls. After cueing them into the call, they can translate your clients words as they say them. A benefit of over-the-phone interpreting is the remote capabilities. You can hire anyone from around the world as long as they have access to conference calling. It also saves on the cost of hiring an on ground interpreter. It opens the doors to who and where you can make calls to.


Another form of over-the-phone calling is the remote-video-interpreter. Again, most often used in the case of international clients, video-calling goes a step further in terms of social reading. The interpreter works the same way as over-the-phone, being a silent liason in the conference call - but can offer the benefits as a face-to-face interpreter as well. As they are able to see body language and the reactions of clients, not just the spoken words, they can more accurately judge what is being said and in what context.

So what type of interpreter would work best for you? It all depends on the situation and who you’re communicating with. Luckily in Dallas / Fort Worth, that's where we come in. Offering direct interpretations from German natives, we can ensure we offer the best quality at the easiest availability, no matter how you need us. Why look elsewhere for interpretations when you have it right here?

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