Telephone Interpreting

Language Direct offers telephone interpreting services in London, including Walthamstow.


Telephone InterpretingDefining telephone interpreting

This process begins by letting the first speaker speak his thoughts. The interpreter listens, then proceeds to translate it to the language used by the second speaker. Furthermore, this is called consecutive interpreting.

Additionally, the telephone interpreter allows for a smooth delivery of ideas between two people


A little bit on the history

The first known telephone interpretation service was done in Australia in 1973. It was then a free service provided for the number of immigrants moving there. In 1981, it gained popularity in the US. The first OPI (over the phone interpretation) service was also introduced there.

In the United Kingdom, this method of interpreting was introduced in 1990. Michale Young, a social activist, in an effort to provide services to small ethnic communities and help alleviate the language barrier, obtained the proper funding for this cause.

Things to remember when doing interpretation over the phone

If possible, the speakers’ backgrounds that may be helpful in the conversation must be provided.

Clear phone connections are important. The interpreter must have a headset with no feedback.


Language Direct has interpreters and translators in London who can provide telephone interpretation services for you. Whether you are a healthcare company, a government office, a financial firm, or simply individuals who wish to communicate but do not speak the same language, we can help you out. Language Direct is the answer to your telephone interpreting needs.

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