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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Facts about translators

Facts about translators to educate your clients

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Are you tired of having your clients, friends, and family mixing the two professions and making wrong assumptions about what translators and interpreters do? Here is a cute way to educate those around you and get them to know you better.

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How to recognize a translator I

How to recognize a translator: translators may only need a menu to have fun.

How to recognize a translator: translators may only need a menu to have fun.

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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Translators: beware of spelling mistakes during the Easter holiday!

Easter bunny (click on the image to enlarge)

Easter bunny (click on the image to enlarge)

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Wishing you a happy Easter time!

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