The Differences between Translation & Interpretation

The Differences between Translation & Interpretation

One common misconception to those unfamiliar with our industry is that translation and interpretation are the same thing. Here are a few facts about translation and interpretation to help you understand the difference:


Translation is the process of translating written text from the source language to the target language. Examples of text include birth certificates, manuals, emails, documents, websites, etc. To translate texts, translators use dictionaries and other reference materials. 


Interpretation is hearing the source language and paraphrasing the main context into the target language. Interpreters must translate both languages on the spot. Interpretation takes place in live settings, such as presentations, interviews, meetings, and speeches.

At Same Day Translations, we provide both translation and interpretation services. Please reach out to us at with any questions. We would love to help your business!

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