Definition of Interpreting
Interpreting is used — and misused — often in the English language. In the context of the language services industry, here are two official definitions:
In other words, interpreting converts the meaning of the source language into the target language.
Interpreting and Communicative Autonomy
Interpreting takes place in many settings and for many reasons, yet at heart the purpose of interpreting is to facilitate communication between parties who do not share a common language. Trained, qualified interpreters faithfully interpret for all parties without adding, omitting or changing the message. And yet, their professionalism not only enables direct communication, it also supports communicative autonomy.
Interpreting versus Translation
Interpreting and translation are not the same thing! While many professional interpreters are translators and vice versa, interpreting and translation are two separate professions with different codes of ethics, educational requirements and certifications.
Rendering a message orally, or in signed language, from one language into another.
Rendering a written text from one language to another in writing. Learn more about translation.
In this inspiring video from the American Translators Association, interpreters and translators describe their reasons for joining the language industry. They also give examples of some fascinating and super specialized projects!