What is the difference between translation and interpretation? If you unsure how they differ, keep reading! These two terms are often used interchangeably in practice, but to avoid any misconceptions, let’s take a look at these two different services.
What is a translation service?
A translation service converts your documents or any written text into another language, ensuring the translation captures the full concept accurately, including cultural patterns and nuances. Some translators use automated translation tools to translate the text into a starting draft. This may appear to speed their work, but they still need to then make extensive changes and edits. We have translators who do not want to use such translation “aids” at all since they have found the time spent in revision work can exceed the time saved.
Translation requires the direct and attentive application of the skill of a professional in that language. Translators translate into their native language to achieve the most natural result. Editing and proofreading follow to ensure the translation is free of any error and completely adheres to the original text.
What is an interpreting service?
An interpreting service, on the other hand, provides the oral conversion of one language into another. It is performed on the spot with an audience large or small listening in. The interpreter always aims to transmit the meaning as closely as possible to the original speech. Doing this at a professional level takes language expertise in both languages and the ability to “switch gears” seamlessly. It is a level of skill far exceeding “bilingual.”
The interpretation must preserve the meaning of the original spoken communication and allow the audience to fully benefit by really grasping the data being interpreted. Business meetings, teacher/parent conferences, conventions, phone conferences, video conferences, and other similar situations all frequently utilize interpreters’ skill.
Choosing the one that is right for you
As you are a business owner, an individual, or a government body, you can easily access Reliable Translations services and request either of the two services you need. At times, you may need both services.
Reliable Translations offer a variety of services when it comes to translation and interpreting. These include the following services:
• Legal document translations
• Corporate translations
• Certified translations
• Simultaneous interpretation
• Consecutive interpretation
• Escort interpretation
The team at Reliable Translations is fluent in a wide variety of languages and you can count on us to meet your translation and interpreting needs. With over 400 translators and interpreters, you can rest assured that your queries will be answered quickly. We aim to provide you with quality translations and interpretations whether you are a small business, corporation, NGO, legal firm, or an individual.