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What are the main work and responsibilities of a Translator/Interpreter?

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RE: What are the main work and responsibilities of a Translator/Interpreter?

Preeti Taneja
Preeti Taneja
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Translating must be done idiomatically and lucidly , keeping the mood and trend of thought intact. Besides the knowledge of languages, translators should have good general academic background, some basic knowledge of the culture of the countries whose languages they are using , specialized range of knowledge in a variety of subjects so that they are able to handle a large variety of translating assignments. In technical and legal documents, translators have to collaborate with and consult professionals so as to do justice to the content of documents to be translated. Industrial and commercial organizations , research institutions and other organizations may require translators to handle correspondence with foreign parties , to finalize contracts and deals. Translators are employed by by government organizations which have to deal with foreign government or agencies in the discharge of their functions.

Interpreting can be social or technical , depending upon the occasion. Most international organizations employ interpreters. The private sector and public corporate sector hire interpreters for conferences and meetings with foreign visitors, trade delegates etc. Government organizations need the services of interpreters while entertaining foreign dignitaries or while conducting seminars, meetings and discussions with them. Interpreters have to be comfortable with the idiomatic uses of various languages so as not to dilute the impact of a dialogue or discussion.

RE: What are the main work and responsibilities of a Translator/Interpreter?

Meghna Mukherjee
Meghna Mukherjee
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As a Translator, you mainly will work with scripts or written or paper work. May be you would have to translate a given text into alanguage universally understood. Whereas as an Interporeter,your main role would be spoken language. You would have to interperet or understand what the person says and communicate his thought to poeple who are listening to him.

Both involve mostly the same work, decoding a language into either spoken or written language for others to understand and the flow of communication or information is well maintained.

For being the best in this field, you would have to have a good command over the language, diction, syntax and garmmar. Very important is learning different languages both in terms of written and spoken.
Apart from that good deduction or reasioning skills, being charasmartic, and most importantly having knowledge of the field you working in..
Interpreters & Translators
No such degree is required, you could be a gradaute with a flair to learning different languages.

You could find jobs in government embassy, multinational firms,media industry,fashion world and education industry.
Wish you all the very best...

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