Interpretation Equipment

Last Updated: 13 December 2019 at 11:59

Interpretation equipment is available for units where perhaps not all members speak the same language.

Congregations with multiple-language needs should coordinate with the local facilities management (FM) group. The FM group will obtain the equipment necessary to provide simultaneous interpretation of meetings. Translation assistance is provided through special receivers and headphones. Interpretation systems are portable and can be used anywhere in the meetinghouse.

An interpreter speaks into a microphone, and a transmitter broadcasts his or her words to people wearing headphones in the congregation. The interpreter’s microphone is sensitive enough to accurately broadcast a quiet or whispered voice.

When interpretation equipment is required, current device models will be supplied through your facilities manager. Older equipment has proved very durable and is still in use; all new equipment is compatible with the older equipment.

Interpretation equipment does not automatically translate or interpret the spoken word; an interpreter is required.


Using Interpretation Equipment for Language Broadcasts

When multiple languages are needed during a satellite or webcast broadcast, the interpretation system can be used to transmit an alternate language to listeners in the same room as the main language broadcast. To do so, the desired language audio output (from the satellite receiver or laptop) can be connected to the input of the interpretation transmitter. Contact your FM group for assistance with these connections. The facilities manager may refer your request to the Broadcast and Events support or MFD Technology Team at headquarters for assistance.