The interpreter serves as an intermediary in a conversation or meeting between people speaking different languages.
This mode is used for small meetings, court hearings, depositions, medical appointments and interviews. It is based on a 3-step method; while the speaker talks, the interpreter takes notes. When the speaker pauses, the interpreter speaks from his or her notes in the target language.
This mode is used for large meetings, seminars, forums and conferences. It is based on a 2-step method this time; while the speaker talks, the interpreter also speaks without any need for the speaker to pause. The interpreter usually speaks into a microphone and members of the audience listen through earphones.