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Cynthia Rodriguez # Posted on September 9, 2022 at 2:30 am

Some differences between an interpreter and a translator are that an interpreter is interpreting orally to someone else physically and this could be at a doctor’s office, dentist, the bank. While a translator is translating written materials into the desired language, this could be medical documents, financial documents. The biggest differences I see is an interpreter is in a live setting interpreting on the spot while translating is written material and translating into another language. Some challenges of each are that for an interpreter, you often must be quick and interpret the response on the spot and you might not have enough time to look up some words you are unsure of. Also, another challenge is making sure what you are responding back to the other person also understands. Challenges of a translator is that you must make sure that the written material you are translating is accurate and the wording is correct in the language you are translating. Some phrases might be completely different in one language versus the other, so making sure the message is being understood is important. It is important to understand that an interpreter is not a translator because they both use different skill sets and they both are being done in different settings. It is important to know the differences because when someone needs an interpreter, they need to make sure they have someone who is qualified in their specific skill set whether it be interpreting or translating, at the end of the day you want to make sure you are helping the individual requesting the services.