This glossary provides a helpful list of terminology frequently used in translation and interpreting. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions regarding the glossary and its content, please contact us.
Translator who has the professional qualifications and has achieved official recognition from a professional institute.
Ad hoc interpreting
Ad-hoc interpreting (also called liaison interpreting) is the process in which the interpreter translates at the end of a few sentences, alternating with the person who is talking and acting as an intermediary between the speaker and the listeners.
The process of adapting text, to make it suitable for a different region or country. The resultant text is expected to be fluent language.
A system of words and rules for their use in speaking, reading, and writing.
Text in the source or target language offering extra information about the subject matter of the text to be translated.
Information linking to the source text that helps the translator to compose the translation in context using the correct style and tone.
Translation received by a second translator who checks that no meaning has been forgotten in the translation process.
The ability of a person who use two languages, especially when writing or speaking in a mother language and in a foreign language.
A translation that has been formally verified for use in official purposes.
Computer Aided Translation or CAT is a style of translation which helps the translation process, using computer software particularly for longer documents.
An interpreter with necessary skills that supplies simultaneous interpretation of a speaker's speech, from one language into another.
The process of oral translation, first the interpreter listens and takes notes while the speaker talks, then when the speaker has finished speaking or pauses, the interpreter begins to talk.
A basic version of a language with limited vocabulary and grammar, particularly used in companies with the purpose of help translation process of documents, making facile text to understand for users or for non-native speakers.
Copywriting is the area of business with the interest of promoting your business.
Independent translator, who works for a variety of clients around the world.
The process of accommodating products or services to the global market.
Private text that is only used within the company and not for external people. For example work instructions, private documents etc.
A person who facilitates communication orally, as opposed to a translator, who translates written language.
The process to translate spoken words from one language into another.
Language combination between a translator and an interpreter.
The process of accommodating software to a specific region or language.
Translation produced by a computer or software program. Machine translation is extremely poor in quality.
The first language learned by a person.
A person who has learned a particular language since earliest childhood.
Text designed to sell products and services.
The original text to be translated.
Sworn translator is a certified translator licensed to translate legal documents.