04/10/2011

Differences between translation & interpreting

Can a translator help with your meeting or doctor's appointment? No, you'll need an interpreter for that


Like me, some professional linguists will offer both services but different skills are required to translate and interpret:

To translate = to express in another language, using the written word. Translators transfer information from one language to another.
The process requires precision, accuracy and relevance. 

To interpret = to express in another language, using the spoken word. Interpreters act as intermediaries between speakers of different languages.
The process requires focus and rapidity as the message must be put across.







Why choose me

Professional linguist with 13 years' experience
Translator, teacher & interpreter since 2004
Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists
Member of the International Association of Professional Translators & Interpreters

Translation experience
Certified translation of official documents:
- birth/marriage/divorce certificates
- diplomas, transcripts & references
- legal/medical/insurance documents
Academic articles/literary essays
Business/marketing communications
CRM software

Interpreting experience
Court hearings
Medical and work-related
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010
Arts/cultural events
'Fixer' for French TV

Teaching experience
Language assistant at prestigious Fettes College
Teacher at 3 leading UK universities
Organised a T&I workshop

Qualifications
First degree in English Studies
MSc in Translation Studies
Professional Graduate Diploma In Secondary Education (French & Spanish)