Interpreting Service Providers: A Roundup of the Best

by | Nov 7, 2022

Interpreting service providers make it possible for cultural and sports events to be enjoyed by millions around the world. They also aid diplomacy, international trade, and academic exchange. On a smaller but equally important scale, interpreting helps immigrants deal with administrative processes, receive quality healthcare, and make themselves heard during legal processes.

The language industry has a cumulative value of 46.9 billion dollars, with thousands of companies across the globe providing localization, translation, and interpreting services. If you’re in need of interpreting (or any of these services), you’ll have to make sense of several options. It can certainly be hard to decide what’s the best interpreting company for you.

In this post, we’ll take a look at four international language service providers (LSPs) that are leading the way. After introducing you to these providers and explaining their pros and cons, we’ll share a couple of tips on how to choose the right interpreting company.

Let’s get started.

 

Four of the Best Interpreting Service Providers

Day Interpreting

Day Interpreting, part of the Day Translations group of companies, is a born-digital and born-global language services, provider. It has a network of over 10 thousand linguists from all around the globe, a solid track record of over 12 years, and the trust of many an industry giant. This 100% remote company is probably one of the most versatile LSPs on this list.

Day Translations offers several different services in the areas of localization, translation, and interpreting. When it comes to interpreting itself, aside from its regular over-the-phone and in-person solutions, the company has designed a digital interpreting platform that makes affordable remote interpreting services available for both companies and individuals.

Day Interpreting is certainly something to have in mind when looking for reliable and professional interpreting services that don’t break the bank. Especially, when we consider that the company offers 24/7 customer support, and has the institutional policy of responding to client requests within 10 minutes.

 

Lionbridge

Lionbridge is an LSP focused on serving global enterprises. The company works with large-scale companies, supporting their marketing and communication efforts. They’re in constant expansion, and most recently added UX, AI, and data-related services to their ambitious offer.

Lionbridge has been in the industry for over 20 years, completing thousands of projects around the world, and working with hundreds of languages.

Despite being one of the biggest language services providers in the world, Lionbridge doesn’t offer interpreting services. Their efforts are completely focused on serving other businesses, with strategically complex, technology-driven translation and localization processes. So, if you’re an individual looking for “small-scale” interpreting (or any other linguistic service), Lionbridge may not be the best option for you.

 

TransPerfect

TransPerfect provides simultaneous and consecutive interpreting, over-the-phone, and in-person. The global NYC-based company was founded in 1992 and has grown to be the largest language services provider in the world.

TransPerfect offers interpreting services in over 170 languages. But it’s slowly shifting its focus and going down the Lionbridge path. In their case, TransPerfect is aiming to focus on language services for media and gaming, with recent acquisitions clearly reflecting that strategy.

 

LanguageLine

LangaugeLine is the longest-standing company on this list. Founded in 1986, the LSP has offices in the US and the UK.

The company focuses on helping Limited English Proficiency people thrive in their new country. According to its website, LanguageLine works with 240 languages. To support its mission, it usually partners with service providers in the legal, financial, healthcare, and government sectors.

 

How to Choose the Best Interpreting Service Providers

You may already recognize how each option may or may not fit your needs. There are some general criteria you’ll need to have in mind when choosing which interpreting services company you’ll partner with. Here are some questions you should ask yourself when evaluating a company:

  • Do they offer my language pair?
  • Does the company have experience working with my language pair?
  • Do they have significant industry experience?
  • Can I get 24/7 support?
  • Do they have relevant experience dealing with this specific language need?
  • Does their website and marketing efforts target customers like me?
  • Do they provide remote interpreting?
  • Are they technologically equipped to meet my needs?
Seldean Smith
Seldean Smith

Seldean is a multi-skilled content wizard that dedicates herself to writing content that goes beyond merely sparking interest in the audience.

Seldean Smith

Seldean is a multi-skilled content wizard that dedicates herself to writing content that goes beyond merely sparking interest in the audience.

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