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Translating and Interpreting

 

One of the significant differences between translating and interpreting is that communication is written if the text is translated and oral if the discourse is interpreted.

 

Translation

 

Translation implies decoding the source document, understanding with accuracy the message and intention of the text and its author and analysing the context and formatting of the document, in order to reproduce the same features in the target language, whilst bearing in mind the target readers and their culture. The translator should have a keen eye for detail in order to convey the subtleties of each text into a different language (the translator's mother tongue). Knowledge of two or more languages does not suffice for translating. A translator is a qualified professional with accurate knowledge about culture, subject matter, grammar, terminology and appropriate usage of language in the target market. Translation rates are mainly based on the number of words of the source text, the field of specialization, turnaround times and formatting guidelines.

 

Interpreting

 

Interpreters facilitate communication between speakers of different languages and therefore they should understand with accuracy what is said in one language to be able to render the same message into another language. Common forms of interpreting include consecutive and simultaneous interpretation. Simultaneous interpreting is about translating a message in the target language at the same time as the speaker of the source language keeps on speaking. The interpreter sits in a sound-proof booth, hears the source language speaker via earphones and speaks to the target language listeners via a microphone whilst they listen via earphones.

Consecutive interpreting is about rendering a message in the target language when the speaker of the source language pauses or finishes short segments of speech. The speaker and interpreter take turns to convey the same message in different languages. The speaker comes first and then the interpreter translates the message into the target language. For instance, an interpreter would make communication easier between English and Spanish speakers in a business meeting or conference. Since interpreting exerts great demand on concentration and memory skills, the job on each session is often shared between two or more professionals. A person is able to interpret consecutively up to an hour, and simultaneously, up to half an hour and requires half an hour break to be able to keep on interpreting. For that reason, interpreting teams of two professionals are effective, i.e, one of the interpreters can take a break whilst the other takes over during the meeting, conference or lecture. Interpreting rates are worked out on a daily or half-day basis in most situations.

The following video from the Monterrey Institute of International Studies illustrates the differences between translators and interpreters whilst describing a day in the life of these language professionals:

 

 

 

 

Editing

 

Editing is about comparing source and target texts to ensure that the translation is accurate and faithful to the source text. The editor may change certain words or improve the style of the translation to make it more suitable for the target country. Editing could be part of the localization process in which the translation is modified under the local linguistic conventions of a region in order to read as if written originally in the target language. Editing is charged per target word or hour of work.

Proofreading

 

Proofreading is the process of checking and correcting spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes. When the translation is proofread, the proof-reader should ensure there are no mistakes. Comparing source and target files is not necessary as the text that needs proofreading is the translation. Proofreading is charged per target word or hour of work.

Language consultancy

 

A language consultant aims at facilitating communication between speakers of different languages on less formal occasions, such as exhibitions, tours, informal meetings, interviews. A consultant is hired for half a day or more hours to make communication possible between the parties. Language consultants should be flexible and willing to help in the provision of other language-related services, such as selling products in an exhibition on behalf of the company they are working for, booking of tickets and hotels, escorting small groups visiting a different country for touristic purposes, supporting applicants in their search for universities when planning to study abroad, advising professionals during their job search in a foreign country, among others.

 

Voice-overs

 

Services include Latin American argentine voices in London, female and male Argentineans in their 30s. Educated, informative, clear, friendly, approachable, warm and natural style. English with argentine accent. Experience in corporate narration, telephone prompts, e-learning language courses. Own 16 track digital studio. Available to record in studios around London.

 

Spanish lessons and training in West London

 

Spanish lessons in West London (Ealing, Acton, Chiswick, Richmond, Hammersmith, Notting Hill). Customised Spanish lessons for professionals and small business groups in the West London area. Lessons planned according to the requirements, and expectations of each individual. Female Spanish tutor, CRB checked, with experience in teaching young learners studying Spanish for GCSE or A levels. Spanish tuition to young children (from 2 years old). Lessons and training for individuals preparing for the official DELE exams (Diploma de español como lengua extranjera or Spanish as a foreign language diploma) and tutoring for the CIE (Certificado inicial español), DIE (Diploma intermedio español), DSE (Diploma superior español). Qualified and experienced external Spanish examiner and Spanish moderator available upon request in London.

 

Copy-writing

 

A qualified, creative and versatile linguist can work alongside your team of marketing specialists to develop and write the content of your website and promote the products and services you offer in a different language. The written copy should be localized to fit into the cultural mindframe of the target market consumers. Today it is common to write business blogs as they reflect the active role of companies on the Internet. Some business only need letters, emails, newsletters, brochures or information sheets to be written in a foreign language. Spanish translator in London offers copywriting in Spanish at affordable rates.

Transcription

 

Transcription is the exact copy of an oral discourse into written form. Meetings, symposiums, conferences, exams, court cases, surveys and lectures are often recorded first and then transcribed. The transcription and audio are in the same language, unless a translation or a summary in a different language were required. Transcribing rates are based on a 60 minute audio file.

 

Summaries

 

Summaries are helpful when someone only needs to understand the gist of a text in a foreign language. Hourly rates apply.

 

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