What is the difference between translation and interpreting?

Translators are concerned with the written word. They render written text or recorded verbal matter from one language to another in a written text. Translators specialise in specific types of subject matter, e.g. law, health, science and technology. Translators undertake assignments which range from simple items, such as Birth Certificates, to more complex texts, such as articles for publication in specialist professional journals.

Interpreters are concerned with the spoken word. They render information and ideas from one language into another in an oral format. Interpreters are frequently required to work in both language directions, in health, legal, welfare and commerce scenarios. Conference interpreters are more commonly required to work in one language direction only – usually into their first language.



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