Simultaneous translation equipment or a simultaneous interpretation system functions to transmit high-quality audio messages from the interpreter to each listener. It’s called simultaneous as the objective is to affect the minimum delay between the act of translation and transmission to the audience. In simultaneous interpretation, the listener does not need to wait out until the speaker has stopped and the interpreted has begun to interpret.
There are several stages to simultaneous translation. These are as follows –
1. The main speaker speaks into the floor microphone. The speech is referred to as the floor feed.
2. The floor feed is then broadcast wirelessly to the interpreter who sits in a soundproof booth and listens to this feed on headphones.
3. The interpreter listens in to the floor feed and simultaneously speaks into the microphone, which is distributed to the native speakers in the floor audience.
Simultaneous translation equipment usually works with the help of an infrared receiver. The better the quality of this receiver, the more clear the messages transmitted are.
Overall, simultaneous translation equipment is a boon to communication technology which facilitates smooth interactions between foreign language speakers who do not comprehend the other’s tongue.