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Translation versus Interpretation

Translators and interpreters boast a variety of skills. Depending on experience, knowledge and skills, an individual may be specialized in one or more areas. Translation/interpretation professionals distinguish their services according to the nature of the work performed:

  • Translation is generally referred to as the conversion of written text from one language to another.
  • Interpretation refers to the conversion of oral messages from one language to another.

Not all translators/interpreters are equally skilled in both functions. Some have a stronger command of translation skills, others a stronger command of interpretation skills. A select few are equally competent in both translation and interpretation. Furthermore, those who perform interpretation services may be more skilled in consecutive or in simultaneous interpretation.

  • Consecutive interpretation is where the source language speaker iterates a brief message, followed by the interpreter’s reiteration of that message in the target language.
  • Simultaneous interpretation is where the source language is interpreted to the target language simultaneously, with no pauses needed for conversion, usually through the use of interpretation equipment (electronic transmitters and receivers).


Translation Explained

Translators often educate clients about the process and best practices related to document translation. The ATA publication Getting it Right was developed in part to help translators inform clients, and in part to help non-translators gain a better understanding of the translation process.


Professional Associations

The translation and interpretation industry offers and promotes collaboration, sharing of resources and information and a collective goal to facilitate communication between people who would otherwise not be able to cross cultural bridges. Among the myriad of organizations and individuals pursuing this goal are local translators and interpreters who provide support to one another and to clients alike. Below are links to local translator and interpreter associations, as well as to the largest of its kind in the United States, the American Translators Association.

We highly recommend our district interpreters and translators to investigate such professional associations as they offer a plethora of resources, information, networking channels, learning opportunities and guidance to translators, interpreters and clients.


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