Interpretation vs. TranslationWhy a dictionary should be your last resort to learning a new word.
- Just listen.
- Listen and read along silently.
Translation focuses on transferring the significance of a given term into another language in order to be more easily understood. All dictionaries and translating software by definition translate. Translation within the same language family and between micro cultures definitely facilitates explanation. When crossing macro cultures and major language families, interpretation takes into account an advanced level of knowledge in both languages and cultures to arrive at not just how to say a particular phrase in another language, but more importantly, how would a native speaker of that language say something in a specific context and situation.