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What is the difference between an interpreter and a translator?

Answered on July 3rd, 2022
Last updated on July 3rd, 2022
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An interpreter interprets spoken words, whereas a translator translates written words. This distinction is important because if you are seeking out services for your patient, you’ll get an entirely different skillset from a translator than you would from an interpreter!

That being said, interpreters should be versed in translation, but likely will not be to the extent of a professional translator. Interpreters often have to do what is called <em>sight translation</em>, which is reading aloud a document from one language into another. For example: many times I am presented with English forms for my Spanish-speaking patients, and will read those forms aloud in Spanish.

A professional translator often has a series of specialties in which they are well-versed and can translate. A translator likely cannot translate ALL types of documents, just as an interpreter cannot interpret for ALL types of interactions.

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Kelly (Grzech) Henriquez

Kelly is a Certified Medical/Healthcare Interpreter (CMI-Spanish, CHI-Spanish) and a medical interpreter trainer. She work as an independent contractor in the greater Richmond, Virginia area as a Spanish-English medical and mental health interpreter. Her passions include affirming interpretation for sexual and gender diverse populations, supporting interpreter mental health, and interpreting developmental-behavioral pediatrics.

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I am a Certified Medical/Healthcare Interpreter (CMI-Spanish, CHI-Spanish) and a medical interpreter trainer. I work as an independent contractor in the greater Richmond, Virginia area as a Spanish-English medical interpreter. Click here to read more about me.

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