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What is the difference between Simul International and other interpreting services companies?

How many languages does Simul handle?

Can Simul handle overseas interpreting assignments?

What is the difference between simultaneous interpreting and consecutive interpreting?

When I asked for interpreters, I was requested to provide the documents to be used at the meeting. Since interpreters are language professionals, why do they need such documents?

I understand there are three major ranks of interpreters. How do these three classes differ?

Q. What is the difference between Simul International and other interpreting services companies?
A. Simul International is the only company in the industry to retain many of its interpreters under exclusive contract. Our exclusive interpreters undergo regular placement tests and can be relied on to provide a dependable, high-level interpreting performance in all kinds of fields—that's why our customers trust and value Simul interpreters. Simul's reliable, high-quality services are backed by our hand-picked teams of interpreters.

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Q. How many languages does Simul handle?
A. We offer interpreting services between Japanese and more than ten other languages. Our main languages are English, Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Korean, Russian, and Italian.

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Q. Can Simul handle overseas interpreting assignments?
A. Yes. We can arrange interpreters in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Please contact us about projects in other regions.

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Q. What is the difference between simultaneous interpreting and consecutive interpreting?
A. In the case of consecutive interpreting from English to Japanese, for example, the speaker pauses occasionally to allow the interpreter to interpret the previous section of speech into Japanese. Often used for press conferences and interviews with overseas visitors, this method requires breaks in speech for interpreting, so twice the usual time should be allowed for a presentation or interview. With simultaneous interpreting, on the other hand, the speaker talks into a microphone and the interpreter sits in a specially constructed interpreters' booth and listens to the speech through headphones. While listening to the speech, the interpreter simultaneously interprets it, speaking into a microphone in the booth. Using receivers and headphones, the audience can listen to the interpreter. This method requires specialized equipment.

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A. While interpreters are language professionals, they do not have the level of field-specific knowledge that speakers and participants in each conference have. Moreover, compared to suddenly interpreting in an unknown situation without any information, a higher level of performance can be guaranteed when information on the topic and flow of discussion has been provided in advance.

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Q. I understand there are three major ranks of interpreters. How do these three classes differ?
 
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Class A More than ten years of experience, capable of clear and accurate consecutive and simultaneous interpreting even in fields requiring specialized vocabulary.
Class B Approximately five years of experience, capable of accurate consecutive interpreting even in fields requiring specialized vocabulary. Capable of simultaneous interpreting on general topics, but teamed with a Class-A interpreter for simultaneous interpreting on specialized topics.
General Class Approximately three years of experience, capable of accurate and appropriate consecutive interpreting. Requires support from client for specialized vocabulary, but can competently handle general business discussions and interpreting for tour groups.
  The above outline indicates the average standards. Since each assignment has different requirements, our coordinators will propose the best interpreters for the job after discussing your needs. Interpreters are placed in the above classes on the basis of their performance in our in-house tests.

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