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What is the difference between translation and interpretation?    

Both translation and interpretation involve the conversion of the content and message from one language to another language. However, translation converts language in the form of the written document, while interpretation converts language in the spoken form. Therefore, there exists a difference in quality expectation for interpretation and translation. As interpreting occurs in real time, therefore sufficient experience and wide knowledge of the interpreters are very crucial. For translation, however, there is a longer lead time for the translator to access many resources for proper research and fine tune the expression and choice of words of the translated copy. Whether it is engaging translators or interpreters, you should ensure that they have relevant experience and good understanding on the industry of the subject matter.

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Written by Denyse Lum

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