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Interpretation and Translation: What’s the Difference?

Nov 16, 2011

Everyone knows what language translation is; however, fewer know what language interpretation is.

The difference?

Interpretation = oral communication

Translation = written communication

Distinguishing between the two is important since each requires particular training, qualification, and best-practice methods. So somebody who is an excellent interpreter might not be qualified to be a translator and vice-versa.

Just some food for thought,



Voiance Language Services provides multilingual support in over 170 languages to business and government. Organizations use Voiance’s telephone interpretation to facilitate communication with customers. Voiance is a subsidiary of CyraCom International, Inc., the 2nd largest provider of Over-the-Phone Interpretation in the world.