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Angela Mayfield # Posted on September 11, 2022 at 2:17 pm

There are many differences between translation and interpretation. Translation focuses more on written content. Interpretation deals with the spoken word and is delivered immediately. It prioritizes understanding and communication over perfection. The biggest difference between interpretation and translation is each: interpreters translate spoken language orally, while translators translate written words.

I feel that some of the challenges involved is the inability to understand the speaker, could be due to accent, inability to deliver or failed equipment, to which interpreters cannot interpret what they can’t hear. Translators are required to maintain a higher level of accuracy as opposed to interpreters that are not required to have such a higher level of accuracy, because they are conveying a message. Interpreters are usually paid by the hour or day, whereas translators are normally paid by the word or page.

Interpreters and translators both also have some similar characteristics. It is important to have the proper linguistics and similar skills to appropriately interpret or translate. Interpreters have to focus on the job, because they have to listen intently to the speaker and quickly process the ideas and thoughts received and readily listen to the next set of information given. A translator can translate chunks of information from a document and at their own pace. I feel that both have a job to do and both are required to have similar skills and different skills. Ultimately they each have a purpose of relaying information and conveying the message across in the targeted language and helping communicate efficiently.