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    Translate or Interpret???

    He _________ for the foreign investors at the meeting.

    1. translated
    2. interpreted

    Which one should I use?

    Can anyone tell me the difference between "translate" and "interpret"?

    I think they look similar....
    Last edited by ddablo; 01-Apr-2011 at 11:25.

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    Re: Translate or Interpret???

    Quote Originally Posted by ddablo View Post
    He translated for the foreign investors at the meeting.

    1. translated
    2. interpreted

    Which one should I use?

    Can anyone tell me the difference between "translate" and "interpret"?

    I think they look similar....
    Search this forum for a thread called "translate or interpret." (Last post was entered on Nov. 4, 2010.) You'll find your answer there.
    Last edited by riquecohen; 01-Apr-2011 at 13:50. Reason: added date

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    Re: Translate or Interpret???

    Quote Originally Posted by ddablo View Post
    He _________ for the foreign investors at the meeting.

    1. translated
    2. interpreted

    Which one should I use?

    Can anyone tell me the difference between "translate" and "interpret"?

    I think they look similar....

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) Those two words confuse me, too, so I really learned a lot from the

    link that Senior Member Riquecohen suggested.

    (2) I found something that may be helpful. It's long. I shall give

    full credit at the end.

    "Written translation can be distinguished from oral translation

    or interpreting, which came first .... However, because of its

    relative permanence and lasting influence ... written translation

    has traditionally been considered more important. Whereas such

    translation usually allows time for reflection and redrafting,

    professional interpreting does not usually allow time to think

    about alternatives. It takes two forms: simultaneous interpreting

    (at international conferences, etc.) [My note: President X speaks and

    an interpreter translates her words AT THE SAME TIME.] and consecutive

    interpreting (in court, at diplomatic gatherings, in business

    transactions, etc.) [My note: Mrs. X speaks. Then she waits until the

    interpreter orally translates her words to the audience.].

    Source: The Oxford Companion to the English Language edited by

    Mr. Tom McArthur (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press,

    1992), page 1052.

    ***


    Being an interpreter is very difficult work. One of our former

    presidents (of course, I shan't mention his name) about thirty

    years ago visited country X. When he got off the airplane, he

    said in English, "I have come to learn your opinions and understand

    your desires." His interpreter did not understand the language of

    country X very well, so the interpreter said in the language of country

    X something like: I have come to have a romantic relationship with

    the people of country X.

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    Re: Translate or Interpret???

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Search this forum for a thread called "translate or interpret." (Last post was entered on Nov. 4, 2010.) You'll find your answer there.
    Could you provide the link please? I couldn't find the thread. (Yes, I am computer illiterate.)

    I've read TheParser's post, but I don't get the difference between oral translation and interpreting.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Translate or Interpret???

    A very basic response to the OP is that I translate the written word and interpret the spoken word.

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    Re: Translate or Interpret???

    I've read all your replies and the link you offered.

    First of all, thank you for your responses but I still have a little coufusion

    about the usage of them.

    You don't usually say the following sentence??

    " Can you interpret this letter written in French into English for me? "

    " Can you tranlate this letter written in French into English for me?" is more natural ??

    I'm not sure I understand correctly...
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    Re: Translate or Interpret???

    Quote Originally Posted by ddablo View Post
    I've read all your replies and the link you offered.

    First of all, thank you for your responses but I still have a little coufusion

    about the usage of them.

    You don't usually say the following sentence??

    " Can you interpret this letter written in French into English for me? "

    " Can you tranlate this letter written in French into English for me?" is more natural ??

    I'm not sure I understand correctly...
    See fivejedjon's response above. Letters are translated.

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    Re: Translate or Interpret???

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    Could you provide the link please? I couldn't find the thread. (Yes, I am computer illiterate.)

    I've read TheParser's post, but I don't get the difference between oral translation and interpreting.

    Thanks!
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    Apparently, the word "interpreting" is just another word to describe

    "oral translation."

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    Re: Translate or Interpret???

    Quote Originally Posted by ddablo View Post
    He _________ for the foreign investors at the meeting.

    1. translated
    2. interpreted

    Which one should I use?

    Can anyone tell me the difference between "translate" and "interpret"?

    I think they look similar....




    Could either verb be used in ddablo's example?

    I am confused -- as usual.

    My dictionary says that "interpret" = to translate orally.

    So would it be good English to say:

    He interpreted for the foreign investors at the meeting.

    Thank you

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