How You Can Access an Interpreter in Under 60 Seconds

A person wearing a purple shirt holds their yellow mobile phone and is wearing a pair of headphones.

In an increasingly multicultural Australian society, telephone interpreting has become essential, providing a vital communication link for people with limited English proficiency.

Telephone Interpreting provides a readily accessible solution for people who require language assistance.  It is particularly useful in scenarios where on-site interpreters are not available or feasible.  Telephone interpreting is often more cost-effective as it eliminates travel time and expenses.

While telephone interpreting offers these advantages, a few strategies will optimise interactions.

  1. Create a Conducive Environment.  Ensure a quiet space for the conversation with little background noise from all participants.  If the Interpreter can’t hear participants, the noise will likely impact the communication quality.
  2. Overcome the Lack of Visual Cues.  Much of our communication is non-verbal. Since these cues are absent over the phone, it’s vital to describe the visual context verbally to the interpreter, enhancing the accuracy and nuance of the interpretation.
  3. Open, Honest Communication.  Please let your language professional know if you are new to working with an interpreter.  They can help guide you through the interaction, helping the conversation flow.

Understanding Telephone Interpreting: Pre-Booked vs On-Demand Services

LanguageLoop offers two main types of telephone interpreting services: Pre-Booked and On-Demand. Understanding the differences between these services is crucial for selecting the right type of support for your needs.

Pre-Booked Telephone Interpreting

Definition and Use-Cases

Pre-Booked Telephone Interpreting involves scheduling an interpreter for a specific time and date in advance. This service is ideal for planned meetings, appointments, or sessions where the need for an interpreter is anticipated.  Pre-booking doesn’t need to be far in advance.  Our team can help find a qualified interpreter in less than an hour’s notice in some cases.  As with all things, the more notice, the better.


  • Scheduled Service: By booking in advance, you can ensure that an interpreter with the required language and expertise is available for your session.
  • Preparation Time: Pre-booking allows interpreters to prepare for the session, familiarising themselves with any necessary terminology or context.
  • Reliability: Ensures certainty and peace of mind that a qualified interpreter will be available at the designated time.

Ideal For

  • Medical appointments
  • Legal consultations
  • Business meetings
  • Educational settings

On-Demand Telephone Interpreting

Definition and Use-Cases

On-Demand Telephone Interpreting provides immediate access to an interpreter without a prior appointment. This service is crucial when an interpreter is unexpectedly required, in emergencies, or even for tasks such as confirming appointments.


  • Immediate Access: On-demand services are available 24/7, every day of the year, providing instant support whenever needed.  On average, you will be connected in 60 seconds or less.
  • Flexibility: Ideal for situations where it is impossible to predict the need for an interpreter in advance.
  • Wide Range of Languages: Access to a broad range of languages and dialects instantly, catering to diverse needs.

Ideal For

  • Emergency services
  • Unexpected language barriers in customer service
  • Urgent medical consultations
  • Any unplanned situation requiring immediate language support.

Choosing the Right Service

Factors to Consider:

  • Nature of the Interaction: Is it a planned event or an unexpected need?
  • Specific Language Requirements: Are specialised language skills or knowledge required?  Is the language an emerging language that isn’t frequently used?
  • Time Sensitivity: Do you need an interpreter immediately or can it be scheduled?

Whether it’s pre-booked or on-demand, telephone interpreting services play a critical role in facilitating clear communication and supporting equitable participation in a diverse society. Pre-booked services offer the assurance and preparation needed for planned interactions, while on-demand services provide immediate, flexible support for unexpected situations.

At LanguageLoop, we pride ourselves on offering both pre-booked and on-demand telephone interpreting services, ensuring that language is no barrier to communication and participation. Our qualified interpreters are committed to providing high-quality, professional interpreting services tailored to meet the unique needs of our clients across Australia.

Want to know more about how your organisation can connect with qualified Telephone Interpreters?  We’d love to hear from you.  Email us at

This blog post is brought to you by LanguageLoop, Australia’s leading language services provider. With our commitment to facilitating communication across diverse Australian society, we turn words into possibilities.  Follow us on social media to learn more.


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