What is the difference between translation and interpretation?

Interpretation:

  1. Spoken
  2. Takes place in real timer
  3. Less accurate
  4. Must be fluent in both directions
    1. Source to target and target to source language
  5. Interpreters must also capture tone, inflection, voice quality, and the other intangible elements of the spoken word and convey those meaningfully to the audience.

 

Translation:

  1. Written
  2. Takes place long after a text is created, which gives the translator time to access resources
  3. More accurate
  4. Usually translate from source language into mother tongue
  5. Don’t need to capture tone, inflection, and voice quality

 

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