What does an Interpreter do?

An interpreter is more than an oral translator for the spoken word. He or she is a mediator between two languages and cultures, and must therefore simultaneously read between the lines and be especially well-acquainted with the cultural and linguistic conventions of both conversational partners as well as be able to quickly and reliably transmit the content of the communication from one language (the source language) into the other (the target language).

We think of interpreting services as communication mediation also in a broader sense: the interpreter mediates between two people, therefore he or she must also keep in mind such non-verbal aspects of communication as facial expressions, gestures and body language that from time to time have as great a significance as what is said.


One differentiates between the following types of interpreting:

  • Consecutive interpreting: staggered (consecutive) interpreting in two language directions (bilateral = conversation interpreting) or in one language direction (unilateral).
  • Simultaneous interpreting: nearly simultaneous interpreting, usually used at conferences and presentations and done in one language direction with the help of a microphone.
  • Whispered interpreting, also called chuchotage (French chuchoter for “whisper”): simultaneous interpreting in a whisper, can be done directly without technological aids or with the assistance of a microphone. This type of interpreting is suitable only for small groups of people (ideally for two people).
  • Conference interpreting: interpreting at conferences and presentations, where each of the above-mentioned types of interpreting can be used: consecutive interpreting, simultaneous interpreting and whisper interpreting, as well as other forms are also possible.
  • Sign language interpreting: translation to or from sign languages.

Interpreters Sworn in before Court

The interpreter job title is not regulated, at least not in Germany. Anyone can call himself or herself that and offer interpreting services. The government, however, demands very high standards of a court interpreter, for good reason. Only those who have successfully passed the state screening process and were sworn in as interpreters may interpret before a court of law.

Naturally, we also have sworn translators working for us. Describe your request to us, and we will arrange for the suitable interpreter for your court hearing.

Interpreters for over 90 Languages

Below you will find a list of languages for which we can likely provide you with an interpreter. In individual cases however it is better if you contact us well in advance and describe your request to us. Then we can tell you exactly for which languages we can offer you which types of interpreting at which place and at what time.

  • Afghani, Pathani
  • Afrikaans
  • Albanian
  • Arabic
  • Armenian
  • Austrian Sign Language
  • Azerbaijani Turkish
  • Bamun
  • Basque
  • Belorussian
  • Bengalese
  • Bosnian
  • Bulgarian
  • Cantonese
  • Catalan
  • Chinese
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Damara
  • Danish
  • Dari
  • English
  • Estonian
  • Ewe
  • Faroese
  • Farsi
  • Filipino
  • Finnish
  • French
  • Friulian
  • Galician
  • Georgian
  • German
  • German Sign Language
  • Greek
  • Gujarati
  • Haitian
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Kannada
  • Kazakh
  • Kiswahili
  • Konkani
  • Korean
  • Kurdish
  • Latvian
  • Lithuanian
  • Macedonian
  • Madagasy
  • Malayalam
  • Maltese
  • Mandinka
  • Marathi
  • Moldavian
  • Mongolian
  • Nawayathi
  • Norwegian
  • Pashto
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Sindhi
  • Siraiki
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Swiss German
  • Swiss Standard German
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Turkmen
  • Ukrainian
  • Urdu
  • Uzbek
  • Valencian
  • Vietnamese
  • Welsh
  • Wolof
  • print

Working hours:

Monday – Tuesday, Thursday – Friday:
UTC+1: 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
UTC-5: 05:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon

We are often available after hours.