Ever hear someone say they work in the translation industry but weren’t quite sure what they meant? Or maybe you’ve come across a document that’s been translated into another language but aren’t entirely sure how that happened. Well, wonder no more! In this blog post, we’re demystifying translation and interpreting services: what they are, how they work, and why you need them. Let’s get started!
Translation vs Interpreting: what’s the difference?
One of the most common questions we get asked is “What’s the difference between translation and interpretation?” It’s a great question, and one that trips up a lot of people. Here’s a quick rundown of the two terms:
– Translation refers to the written word. This could be anything from a legal document to a website to a menu. If it’s in writing, it can be translated.
– Interpretation refers to spoken word. This could be anything from a conversation to a speech to a business meeting. If it’s spoken, it can be interpreted. There are several methods for language interpretation, including successive and simultaneous interpreting. In successive interpreting, the interpreter listens to the speaker first, before interpreting what was said in their target language. On the other hand, simultaneous interpreting requires special translation equipment that allows the interpreter to listen to a speaker while they are speaking, and then provide real-time translations.
– Confused about which one you need? Don’t worry, most people are! That’s where we come in. Part of our job is to ascertain exactly which service you need and then provide it for you in an efficient, professional manner.
Why you need translation and interpreting services
There are lots of reasons why someone might need translation or interpreting services. Maybe you’re expanding your business into new markets and need to have your documents translated so they can be approved by the relevant authorities. Maybe you’re attending a conference where all the speeches will be in a foreign language and you want to make sure you understand everything that’s being said. Maybe you’re travelling overseas for business and need someone to interpret for you during meetings or phone calls. Whatever your reason for needing translation or interpreting services, we’re here to help! We have a team of professional translators and interpreters who are native speakers of over 100 languages between them, so whatever language combination you need, we’ve got you covered.
We hope this blog post has cleared up any confusion you may have had about translation and interpretation services! If you still have questions or would like to discuss your specific needs with one of our team members, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re always happy to help!