Interpreting services in all world languages

For 50 years, KERN has been providing interpreting services in all the world’s languages and interpreting equipment for companies from different sectors, such as courts, authorities and lawyers. Drawing from a network of qualified interpreters, we will provide you with the right interpreter for your conference, convention, business meeting, press conference, court hearing or trade fair presentation.

The interpreters are professionally trained specialists with a university degree or have passed a state examination and have specialist knowledge and many years of experience in various fields of expertise. This is how we guarantee top-quality.

The most requested types of interpreting are liaison and escort interpreting, as well as conference interpreting. In addition there are further possibilities for mediating between two interlocutors who speak different languages, e.g. telephone interpreting and whispered interpreting/chuchotage or video interpreting.

Interpreting techniques

Consecutive interpreting

During consecutive interpretation, the interpretation is consecutive, i.e. time-delayed. During the source language speech, the interpreter notes down the speaker's ideas and explanations using a special note-taking technique. As soon as the speaker has finished the utterance, or pauses, the interpreter will render what has been said in the target language. As the speech is given twice with this technique, please note that a meeting or conference can last substantially longer when using a consecutive interpreter.

Simultaneous interpreting

With simultaneous interpretation, the interpreter sits in a soundproof booth and listens to the speaker via a headset. The interpreter translates the speech simultaneously and continuously into the target language using simultaneous interpreting equipment. This technique demands a high degree of focus from the interpreter. Due to the high level of exertion, simultaneous interpreters work in teams of at least two and alternate with each other after 15 to 20 minutes. Simultaneous interpreters thoroughly prepare themselves for the topic of speech in advance in order to ensure high-quality interpretation.

Live speech-to-text interpretation

If requested, we will provide you with a speech-to-text interpreter who will be at your disposal during online live broadcasts. In this way, online events, for example on YouTube, can be subtitled live and simultaneously in a foreign language.

Online Interpreting

Due to the increase of virtual conferences, online interpreting is more and more in demand. The use of digital technologies allows simultaneous interpreting without physical presence, meaning no interpreting technology or cabins are needed on site. The costs for interpreting are thus greatly reduced.

Advantages of online interpreting

  • Digital implementation of multilingual conferences/events
  • No tiresome organisation of on-site conferences
  • Interpreters able to be deployed remotely
  • International reach

We offer you two options for online interpreting:

Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) – flexible usability

  • Interpreting within an existing video platform
  • Flexible integration of interpreters in common videoconferencing tools
  • Interpreters can also be included via another audio channel
    • Requirements differ for audio options according to video conferencing provider (therefore further audio channel requirements must be discussed)
    • For example, Zoom offers several voice channels for simultaneous interpreting
  • Interpreters can comfortably work from home or while travelling
  • Compatibility with all providers of video conferences (e.g. Trams, WebEx, Zoom, Skype, etc.)
  • Consecutive and simultaneous interpreting possible

Remote Simultaneous Interpreting (RSI) – independent of location and efficient

With remote simultaneous interpreting, KERN offers an efficient option to allow the integration of interpreting in online conferences.  Interpreters work either from (temporary) RSI hubs or via a cloud-based solution (interpreting platform) and can carry out their intepreting work no matter which space they are working from.

KERN can help you with:

  • Choosing a suitable conference interpreter
  • Organising an RSI hub with our technology partners
  • Implementaion of a cloud interpreting platform as needed
  • Integration of high-quality simultaneous technology (cabin and interpreting booth)
  • Simultaneous interpreting

Interpreting equipment and conference technology

KERN hires and installs all required equipment for a conference or interpretation.

  • Wireless, infrared simultaneous interpretation facilities
  • Tour guide systems
  • Sound equipment (amplifiers, speakers, tape recorders etc).
  • Video systems (recorders, cameras and screens etc)
  • Projection equipment (overhead projectors, projection screens etc)
  • Further audiovisual systems

Wireless simultaneous interpretation facilities

These types of mobile simultaneous interpretation facilities are particularly suitable for international events or conferences (for 50 to 5000 participants), planning and management seminars, strategic discussions and specialist seminars, educational forums and panel discussions, etc. Tape recorders are recommended for unscripted conference presentations. Technicians control the sound recording and duplicate the speeches, presentations and discussions. 

Tour guide systems

Tour guide systems are recommended in cases where a group of listeners is able to move freely. Tour guide systems are ideally used for factory visits, exhibitions and fairs, city tours, and testing grounds. The rental and installation prices depend on the configuration and design of the system, the distance to the venue and the term of lease.

Interpreting and Voice-Over Booths

KERN supports your conference needs by offering conference equipment and interpreting/voice-over booths for rental. Our interpreting booths conform to DIN and ISO standards and ensure optimal working conditions for interpreters. They can also be structurally modified according to the requirements at your venue and guarantee maximal functionality in all usage conditions.

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For more than 50 years, KERN has been providing interpreting services and equipment for companies from different sectors, such as courts, authorities and lawyers.

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Read here about our interpreting assignments at an international market launch training hosted by the car maker Audi.

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