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,

Joe

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