Tourguide System for Language Interpretation & Sim. Tran.

A Portable Audio Guide System offers communication technology to help meet the challenge of your language interpretation application whether at school, in a house of worship, a courtroom or walking tour.


Tourguide-SYSTEMS offer both transportable and installed digital tourguide equipment for small to medium-size group venues including presentation-style conferences, meetings and services at places of worship.

Tourguide System Hire

Translation at Weddings & Civil Ceremonies

Whisper translation at a wedding ceremony can be achieved discreetly using a portable audio guide system. The person providing the translation speaks (whispers) into a microphone/transmitter and your guests listen discreetly via an earpiece from a small pocket-sized receiver.

Simultaneous Translation or Sim. Tran.

We can provide pocket-portable devices for up to 15 simultaneous languages whether you have 30 or 300+ listeners. We have dual interpreter consoles with a choice of headsets for the interpreters and can arrange interpreters and booths if required.

Multi-language Walking Tours

Your guide may be heard directly by the interpreter(s) and simultaneous translation provided for some or many of the party. Listeners in the tour group may select either the tour leader or their respective language channel. Our systems can provide up to 14 language channels in addition to the tour guide (or floor language).

Portable Interpreter Kits

We have tour guide systems available that allow you to place a transmitter with the talker or next to an in-house PA loudspeaker (better still, the source of the floor language by direct cable feed), so you [as the conference interpreter] may hear the floor language/talker directly in your headset and then provide simultaneous-translation. This may be repeated for up to 14 languages in one group! The entire system uses pocket-sized devices, so is even suitable for walking tours.


Linguists may hire portable tour guide equipment to provide the simultaneous translation service for their client's events. We deliver to UK residential or business addresses and direct to business locations throughout Western Europe usually with online tracking and opt-in SMS/text updates to your mobile. All kits are pre-configured and ready-to-use out-of-the-box. You may pay by card, bank transfer or PayPal.

Terminology used in Interpretation


...Usually means converting from one language to another, be it in oral or written form.

Interpretation specific to the oral translation of the spoken word from one language to another as it happens. Interpreting is a very complex task. The accurate communication is the most important aspect of any meeting, and quality interpretation will ensure its success. The audio needs to be heard and understood by the listening audience.

Simultaneous Interpretation or Sim. Tran.

Facilitating the communication of speech from one language to another in real time, allowing presentations or conversations to flow naturally, in multiple languages, without delay. The interpreted speech is usually heard by using a wireless audio receiver.

Consecutive Interpretation

This is where communication flows in a lineal approach, where one speaks and then pauses, so the interpreter can speak. The advantage to this is no special equipment is required. The disadvantage is it takes much longer and can disrupt the natural flow of the meeting.

Whisper Interpretation or Sim Tran

In whisper interpreting, the interpreter sits or stands next to a small group of target-language audience while whispering a simultaneous interpretation of the matter at hand. This method requires no equipment, but may be done via a microphone and headphones if the participants prefer. This is common in circumstances where the majority of a group speaks the source language, and a minority does not speak it.

Floor Language

This is the language that the main speaker or presenter uses when talking. The language(s) that the Floor Language is being translated into is called the “target language” or “translation feed”. The Floor Language can change throughout the event, and there can be more than one target language, depending on the complexity of the event.


Relay interpreting is used when there are several target languages. A source-language interpreter interprets to a language common to every interpreter, each of who then renders the message to their respective target languages. This solution is most often used in multilingual meetings with three or more languages.

Equipment for Simultaneous Interpretation

Interpretation Booths

Interpretation booths are used to provide sound isolation for the interpreters. The isolation serves two purposes. The booths allow the interpreters to work in a quiet environment, free from audible distractions, so they can focus on the words of the speaker(s). Inside the booths, the interpreters can speak at a normal volume in whatever language they speak, and not disturb the meeting attendees in the audience. The interpreters usually receive the audio feed from the floor from the house/event PA system.

Interpreter Console

The console is the control center for interpreters, allowing them to receive, transmit and control the audio (both incoming and outgoing). It is common that two interpreters, speaking the same language, will share an interpretation booth and interpreter console, with individual microphones assigned to each interpreter. This is done because it is a complex task, requiring frequent breaks to allow each interpreter to relieve the other. A typical scenario for an interpreter would be 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. The interpreter console features are important, because the console allows the interpreters to perform more efficiently.

Language Distribution

This is the distribution of the audio of the interpreted languages to the meeting attendees. Usually, and most desirably, this is done wirelessly. In the world of interpretation, there are two technologies commonly used to wirelessly transmit the audio -- radio frequency (RF) used in tourguide systems or, infrared (IR) typically for seated audiences.


This is the equipment that will be connected to the interpreter console to transmit, or wirelessly distribute the audio. Sometimes it is used on a stand-alone basis in small and less complex events. This can include base-station transmitters or mobile, body-pack transmitters. If infrared technology is used, the combination of an infrared modulator and emitter/rdiator serves the transmission purpose.


This is the equipment that the listening audience uses to wirelessly receive the audio distribution that is being transmitted. Some receivers have a built-in speaker, while others require the connection of a headphone or earphone to hear the audio or, connection of a personal neck-loop (for hearing aid users). Most receivers offer the option to select the channel along with adjusting the volume of the audio.