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 If you are in need of language services, you might find yourself overwhelmed by the number of options available to you. Although you probably know which languages you need services in, you might not know which service best suits your exact needs.

Luckily, there’s an easy answer!

If you aren’t sure what type of service you need, ask yourself this: Would you care if this person did their work in their pajamas?

If you answered no, you probably need a translator!

If you answered yes, you most likely need an interpreter!

Interpretation:

Interpreters on the other hand act as a communication middleman to help people speak with one another. There are several different types of interpretation, but the two most common are consecutive and simultaneous. Consecutive interpreters listen to someone speak and then interpret that statement for the other person, and vice versa. This type of interpretation is a bit like conversation ping pong. Simultaneous interpretation works best in circumstances where this type of delay needs to be avoided. A simultaneous interpreter interprets while someone is talking so that their message can be conveyed immediately. This type of interpretation is best suited for situations like presentations or other large events.

Because an interpreter works in front of people, appearance is important, and pajamas are definitely discouraged.

Translation:

Translators are responsible for translating written text from one language into another. These texts can be something as simple as a street sign or menu or as complex as a novel or airplane schematics. Aside from typically working within two to three languages, translators also specialize in select fields, such as marketing, automotive or medical industries.

Because translators commonly work independently and from home, working in pajamas would hardly be an issue.

At Techworld, we are experts in helping you determine what type of language service best suits your needs. Check out our website to learn a bit more about the translation, interpretation and other language services we offer!