During a business trip to Slovakia or direct contact with Slovak companies, the use of a negotiation interpreter is almost indispensable. It is best to clarify in advance which languages are to be used in addition to Slovak, such as German and English. Such business talks in Slovakia take place mainly at companies from the automotive industry. With Hyundai-Kia, PSA (Peugeot and Citroen) and Volkswagen, three heavyweight automobile groups are represented with their own factories in Slovakia.
But it is not only automobile companies that make up the highly technical component of the Slovak economy. Electronics and telecommunications companies (including Samsung, Sony, T-Mobile and Telekom) and the two airlines Air Slovakia and SkyEurope contribute to this technical dominance.
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Slovak interpreters are needed on many occasions. Generally speaking, we can distinguish between different forms of interpreting:
A consecutive interpreter does not translate the spoken words into English, German or the other required language until the speaker has finished speaking. Nowadays, a Slovak consecutive interpreter is mainly used for ceremonial occasions such as weddings.
Simultaneous interpreters can provide simultaneous interpretation thanks to modern interpreting technology (microphones, interpreting booths, etc.). This form of interpreting is particularly common at conferences and meetings. Simultaneous interpreting, however, is very strenuous for the interpreter, which is why there are often several interpreters taking turns.
Whispered interpreters are a special kind of simultaneous interpreters who work without technical aids. The whisper interpreter sits directly next to the listener and whispers the Slovak interpretation directly into their ear.
Telephone interpreters are used for telephone conversations or negotiations scheduled at short notice and are connected to the conversation by telephone. This enables them to remotely interpret into Swedish consecutively or simultaneously.
Relay interpreters are used for languages that are less widely spoken. In this form of interpreting, a less common language is first interpreted into English, which then serves as a template for interpretation into other languages. In this case, the English interpreter is only a midpoint in the interpreting process.
The recommended form of interpreting varies depending on what the requirements are. While a simultaneous interpreter is needed for larger meetings with many participants, a telephone interpreter can also interpret a short conversation into Slovak. Different situations require different types of interpreters.
Furthermore, interpreters also differ according to their area of expertise. While conference interpreters ensure smooth communication at trade fairs, meetings and conferences, for example, court interpreters are used for Slovak-speaking witnesses in hearings and trials. A profession almost in its own right is the wedding interpreter, who, as the name suggests, interprets for the international audience at registry office weddings and celebrations.
With a Slovak interpreter from lingoking, you are on the safe side linguistically: we provide highly trained interpreters for every language. Every interpreter is obliged to sign a confidentiality agreement and the interpreters' code of honour in advance. If necessary, we will be happy to arrange a Slovak interpreter who is sworn in by a court, which is necessary, for example, for weddings, legal disputes or inheritance matters. With lingoking, you can benefit from the linguistic skills of a Slovak interpreter who has been working in his or her profession for several years.
Special circumstances require special measures. A typical short holiday can be over much faster than you think. Travelling alone in a foreign country without regional language skills can quickly become a nightmare when unforeseeable things happen. At lingoking, we provide Slovakian interpreters worldwide. For tours through Slovakia, we recommend an escort interpreter, who will accompany you on the entire route and can thus take over communication at any time.
lingoking can always provide you with the right Slovak interpreter who perfectly matches your requirements – no matter what language combination or region. Even on-site appointments in Slovakia are no problem.
We will only provide you with Slovak interpreters who are suitably qualified for your specialist areas and have an understanding of Slovakian customs. On request, the use of sworn interpreters, for example for notary appointments, is also possible.
It’s not only German - Slovak interpreters that are in great demand, but also the combinations Spanish - Swedish and English - Swedish. We will be happy to provide you with an individual offer. Simply fill out the contact form or give us a call.
Not all interpreting is the same – it depends on the occasion and the content what kind of Slovak interpreter should be used. "Negotiation interpreting", "consecutive interpreting", "simultaneous interpreting"...the list is long, but it is nowhere near as complicated as it might first appear.
Negotiation interpreters are in demand for direct communication. So, for example, when two business partners discuss a cooperation at a table together. The Slovak interpreter usually goes without technical aids and translates individual sections of the conversation directly after they have been uttered. A negotiation interpreter must act quickly and should ideally have a lot of professional experience.
The situation is somewhat different with consecutive interpreting (consecutive means something like following in time). The Slovak interpreter fills the role of an official speaker as a substitute, for example at state receptions or conferences. While the original speaker gives his talk, the interpreter takes notes and then translates what has been said loud and clear for all present.
The individual passages he translates are more extensive than in negotiation interpreting. The advantage here is that what is said can be made understandable to the masses from a central point. However, events at which consecutive interpreting is used are extremely time-consuming, as each lecture is in fact given twice – and even more often if there are other languages to be interpreted.
In simultaneous interpreting, the Slovak interpreter translates the source language into the target language almost simultaneously. This is mainly possible thanks to modern technology, because in simultaneous interpreting the individual interpreters usually sit in booths and the translations are transmitted via microphone or headsets. Simultaneous interpreting is useful where a particularly large number of people are communicating with each other at the same time. Slovak interpreterswho work simultaneously are needed, for example, at political debates, award ceremonies or TV shows.
Sworn interpreters are qualified to translate at court hearings. A sworn Slovak interpreter is always called in when one of the parties involved does not have the necessary Slovak language skills to understand everything. This must be ensured so that the trial can proceed properly. After all, the trial can be fair for all parties involved only if it is ensured that the accused party understands everything and, in turn, the defence does not have to overcome any additional hurdle due to the language barrier. This allows the process to be fair for all parties involved.
It is only relatively recently that the inhabitants of Europe have discovered Slovakia as a tourist destination. The introduction of the euro in 2009 certainly contributed to this. The tourism industry is therefore experiencing particularly strong growth and Slovak interpreters are needed to install helpful contact persons in large holiday resorts.
Sometimes it is also worth hiring a Slovak interpreter as a constant travel companion. This is especially true if you want to explore the country's nature on your own, because in small mountain villages tourists often don't get far with English. The landscape of Slovakia is very alpine, and the Tatra Mountains offer numerous hiking trails and mountain lakes. Slovakia also has nine national parks (several of them in the Tatra Mountains) and more than a dozen caves, five of which have UNESCO World Heritage status.
In addition, the services of Slovak interpreters are needed to mediate between Slovak accommodation and German health insurance companies. The country's spas are now also targeted by Germans and others in need of relaxation. Spa stays take place mainly in Teplice, Brusno or Piestany. The latter is located near the Czech border and is known for its warm thermal springs. It is advisable to go through all the formalities with the help of a Slovak interpreter before the start of the spa stay so that there are no organisational problems during the trip – only then will the spa sojourn be truly relaxing.