Interpreting vs. Translating


Translation is the written transformation of texts from one language into another (e.g. brochures, handbooks, certificates etc.).


Interpreting is the spoken transformation of speech from one language into another (e.g. at conferences, in court and in business negotiations).

The distinction is important as the challenges faced by interpreters and translators are quite different. Appropriate training (degree) is the foundation for both careers along with extensive familiarisation with specialist topics.