What is whispered interpreting?
This type of simultaneous interpreting (= in real time) is suitable for a small audience. If you require interpretation for a maximum of two people, no technology is necessary. The interpreter sits behind or next to the person listening and whispers softly in their ear.
For three or more people, we provide an interpreter’s kit bag: the interpreter whispers into a microphone, the participants listen through headphones. The advantage: whispered interpreting saves space and money and, unlike a booth, is not tied to a fixed location.
Whispered interpreting requires the interpreter to exert a lot of effort; on the one hand because they have to focus on their voice and, on the other because they depend on good acoustics in the room and have to “filter out” background noises. Therefore, whispered interpreting is only possible for a limited period of time. For longer durations, either breaks must be scheduled or two interpreters must be used and they must alternate.