Translation and Interpreting Are Entirely Different Beasts

Translation and interpreting — you’ve probably heard these terms tossed around casually and interchangeably as though they are the same thing.
Many mistakenly think you are an interpreter if you are a translator. And if you are an interpreter, you must be a translator, too.

But we want to sprinkle some truth on the linguistic reality of these two practices.

There’s a crucial difference between these professions, a subtlety as profound as the silent ‘p’ in psychology. Translation and interpreting might seem like two peas in a pod, but they are as unalike as sugar and salt.

So, let’s start with the basics.

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