Interpreting: Tasks

Interpreting is the process by which communication is exchanged between two parties who do not share the same language. Interpreters facilitate this communication between people, transferring ideas, content, and meaning from one language (source language) and culture to another (target language). Unlike translation activities, interpreting occurs in real time; the interlocutors are typically face-to-face in the communication transaction or interact via the use of various technologies. Translation, though a similar activity that involves the transfer of meaning, usually results in the production of a text that has been informed by the luxury of time. Thus, it is not an immediate transfer process; instead, the translator has had opportunity to consider carefully how the target text should be framed and has had ample time to make ...

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