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    translate or interpret

    We interpret spoken words from one language into another. We translate both speech and writing into another language. Isn't translation more accurate than interpretation?

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    Re: translate or interpret

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    We interpret spoken words from one language into another. We translate both speech and writing into another language. Isn't translation more accurate than interpretation?
    It depends on your purposes. An interpreter translating live speech is not likely to give as accurate a translation as someone who has the leisure to read or carefully listen to the speech or a transcipt.

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    Re: translate or interpret

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    We interpret spoken words from one language into another. We translate both speech and writing into another language. Isn't translation more accurate than interpretation?
    I believe that we dealt with something like this a couple of months ago.
    You are correct in your suggestion that the use of translation is more accurate than interpretation in terms of expressing things in other languages. While interpret is frequently used in that sense, it has a broader definition which is to explain the meaning of something or to understand something in a specific way . Generally, the person who does the oral translation is an interpreter, while the written work is done by a translator.

    Having just read Raymott's post, I realize that he has answered your question, while I've only given extraneous information.
    Last edited by riquecohen; 04-Nov-2010 at 13:21. Reason: addendum

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    Re: translate or interpret

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    We interpret spoken words from one language into another. We translate both speech and writing into another language. Isn't translation more accurate than interpretation?
    Having read riquecohen's response, I see that I might have answered the wrong question - whether translation was more accurate than interpretation.
    If you meant, Isn't [the word] "translation" more accurate than [the word] "interpretation"?, then see riquecohen's answer. In either case, it still depends on "more accurate for what purpose?"

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