Do I need a translator or an Interpreter?
At Monica Machado Translation Services we provide translation services. We do not provide interpreting services, however we can help you finding an interpreter.
In simple terms, if you need a document written into another language, you will need a translator. If you need someone to communicate between different languages, for example in a meeting, appointment or in court, you will need an interpreter.
Watch a Day in the Life of Translators and Interpreters, seeing how translators and interpreters work by watching this short animated video from the American Translators Associations (ATA). [Graphics and content above are from the website of the ATA.]
Both translators and interpreters need to be fluent in the working languages, understand the subjects about which they will be translating or interpreting, and be familiar with the respective trade tools.
To find a translator or interpreter, you may search online for translation and interpreting associations or language service providers or contact embassies or trading associations. You may also contact us for assistance.
Like in any other profession, there are thousands of translators and interpreters and it may be difficult or tricky to just pick one, specially since translation is not a regulated business. The Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI) has prepared a guide to buying translations which could provide useful and can be accessed on our website here.
Mónica Machado offers English to Portuguese Translation Services, for Portuguese-speaking African countries such as Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Portugal and Sao Tome and Principe in the areas of Oil and Gas, Agriculture and Farming, Environment, Shipping, Mining, Hydro Power, HSE and Social Sciences and International Humanitarian Aid. Fully certified translation services based in the UK. We can also translate and certify translations of educational qualifications, passports, company certificates of incorporation, birth and marriage certificates and similar documents.
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