Main differences between translators and interpreters

Differences between translators and interpreters

Translators and interpreters need different skills

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Hi there. This is the first cartoon in the series about the main differences between translators and interpreters at a glance. Although many times most people use the term “translator” to refer to both professions, these two disciplines require a different set of skills and different types of training, too. I would also say that they require different types of personalities, but we’ll leave that for a future post.

As shown in the cartoon, the first and huge difference resides in the medium of expression as translators work with written texts and interpreters with spoken utterances.

What is your reaction when people mistake these two terms for one another?

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Translator Fun en español. Traducción pública: formato y formalidades

 

Buenas prácticas para traductores. Traducción pública. Formato y formalidades. Reglamento de legalización del CTPCBA.

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A translator’s dilemma: what to do with an unintelligible source text

A translator's good and evil thoughts

A translator is faced with a dilemma

 

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Translators: assignments they hate

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There are phrases that will get on translators’ nerves

Some translation clients ask for assignments that are impossible to complete by a single translator in real time.

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Translators’ commandments: Translate as if each project was the dream project of your life

Translators' commandments: Translate as if each project was the dream project of your life.  (click on the image to enlarge)

Translators’ commandments: Translate as if each project was the dream project of your life. (click on the image to enlarge)

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Translators’ commandments #7 – “Your translations should flow smoothly”

"Your translation should flow smoothly" (click on the image to enlarge)

“Your translation should flow smoothly” (click on the image to enlarge)

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The most dreaded question to ask a translator

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The most dreaded question to ask a translator — click on the image to enlarge

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A translator at a party II (International Translation Day)

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On International Translation Day (September 30th) I’d like to wish all my colleagues a wonderful day. This cartoon depicts a common attitude many non-translators have towards our profession. On the other hand, this article by Nataly Kelly published on the Huffington Post highlights the important role translators play in today’s world by listing 10 Ways Translation Shapes Your Life.

To all my colleagues out there: Happy International Translation Day!

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Translators’ commandments #4 — You shall always meet your deadlines

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Translators’ commandments #2

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