Frequently asked Questions about
our Interpretation Services

What is the difference between translation and interpretation?

Translation deals with the written form while interpretation is spoken.

Do you charge for canceling interpretation assignments?

We ask that our clients give us a 24-hour notice for all cancellations as a courtesy. If you are unable to provide a 24-hour notice, the full deposit will be retained by REAL WORLD TRANSLATIONS.

How far in advance do I need to call to schedule an interpreter?

We prefer notification of at least 48 hours but will always try to work with you to accommodate your immediate needs.

Are your interpreters court certified?

We are able to use interpreters who are registered with the court or certified for the requested assignment.

What is the difference between consecutive and simultaneous interpretation?

Consecutive interpretation involves a relay in which one speaker says a few sentences, the interpreter interprets and then the other speaker responds.

In simultaneous interpretation, the interpreter interprets at the same time that the speaker is speaking, although a few words behind.

Does your company provide Sign Language interpreting?

Yes. We have a large database of sign language interpreters and can accommodate most requests for this service.

What is telephonic interpretation?

The interpreter usually delivers interpretation via telephone on a conference call. He or she listens to the conversation first and then proceeds to deliver it into the other language.

Note: Telephonic interpretation and conference calls are available by special request and are limited by circumstance. Please call for rates and availability of this service.