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Translation vs. Interpretation

Posted by Daniel Sanford on Sun, Jun 17, 2012 @ 20:06 PM

Clients who need translations or interpretations in Houston are often confused by the terminology that translation agencies use.  Occasionally someone may ask for an interpretation of a document or a translation of court proceedings.  These two terms are distinguished in the translation industry as follows:  A translation is generally understood to be a written document whereas an interpretation is an oral proceeding.  Thus, if a person has a text, a web page, a manual, a contract or any other document in hard copy or digital form that he or she needs rendered in another language, she will ask for a translation.  If a person needs an oral rendition of oral statements made in another language, she will ask for an interpretation.

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