By Sybil Collier
INTERPRETER OR TRANSLATOR? Even the most informed people will accidentally interchange these two terms. It's totally understandable and an easy mistake.
A lot of people make this mistake because the phenomenon they are trying to describe IS a translation of one language to another. That is true. However...
HERE IS THE DIFFERENCE:
An interpreter INTERPRETS the spoken word
A translator TRANSLATES the written word.
Some interpreters are also translators and vice versa....but not that's not always the case.