Whispered interpreting, or chuchotage for those initiated to translation jargon, is one of the preferred modes of interpreting during diplomatic meetings or one-on-one interviews.
Chuchotage consists of whispering a simultaneous translation of what is being said in the ear of the listener.
The Advantages of Chuchotage
No Specialized Equipment
The interpreter translates to the client whispering close to them. This means that, unlike in simultaneous interpreting for large audiences, there is no need for specialized equipment;
As the interpreter simultaneously translates the speech to the listener, there is no need to interrupt the speaker every 15-20 minutes to let the linguist translate (unlike consecutive interpreting);
The interpreter, sitting behind or beside the listener, can appreciate every nuance of the body language of the speaker, guaranteeing maximum accuracy in translation.
Admittedly, chuchotage or whispered interpreting might not be the ideal choice in times of social distancing, as it requires certain proximity between the interpreter and the listener. However, technology offers many safer alternatives;
Not for large, noisy events
Whispered interpreting is best suited for very small groups of people. Moreover, the nature of this interpreting mode makes it less cost-efficient if more than one party needs the translation;
Especially with rare languages, interpreters’ availability can pose a challenge to event organizers, who might then have to pay for transport and accommodation for interpreters coming from other areas.
Remote Interpreting: The Smart Alternative
Setting up events in times of COVID-19 is more challenging than ever. Many businesses operating in Dubai and the Gulf are choosing to move their conferences, seminars, and business meeting online.
In this scenario, Remote Simultaneous Interpreting is the perfect alternative to whispered interpreting, offering the same quality and smoothness as well as a long list of advantages:
- Integration with platforms such as Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams;
- Cost-efficiency: RSI saves on travel and accommodation for the interpreter
- Availability: with remote interpreting, you have access to the best professionals worldwide
Since 2019, Langpros has been investing in state-of-the-art RSI technologies, to offer its customers in the UAE and worldwide the best language services for their online events.