Distinguishing translation from interpretation

diffWhilst I’m pretty sure that readers of this blog will be clear about the above difference, you might be interested in passing this post around to acquaintances who are less familiar with the distinction.

In a trilingual TEDx talk organized at the Monterey Institute, Laura Burian, Barry Olsen, and Miguel Garcia demonstrate the power of human cognition as they explain the subtle but important differences between professional translators and interpreters with assistance from Weihao Zhang (Chinese) and Beatriz Rodriguez (Spanish).


hand gesture body languageYou might also be interested in this post about how the United States Supreme Court ruled on defining translation versus interpretation. Further pursuing the aim of ‘educating’ those around us about the profession, have a look at this review of Found in Translation.

3 thoughts on “Distinguishing translation from interpretation

  1. Pingback: July-August 2014 digest | From Words to Deeds: translation & the law

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.