Translators, terminologists and interpreters
Translate texts from one language to another and carry out research to define or index terms specific to a field; interpret in one language what has been said in another language in various situations.
In addition to an excellent command of languages, your general culture and your curiosity for a thousand and one areas are the key skills of this work. You handle computers with ease and your rigour is coupled with a great capacity for analysis and deduction.
Translators translate written material from one language to another. Interpreters translate oral communication from one language to another during speeches, meetings, conferences, debates and conversation, or in court or before administrative tribunals. Terminologists conduct research to itemize terms connected with a certain field, define them and find equivalents in another language. Sign language interpreters use sign language to translate spoken language and vice versa during meetings, conversations, television programs or in other instances. Translators, terminologists and interpreters are employed by government, private translation and interpretation agencies, in-house translation services, large private corporations, international organizations and the media, or they may be self-employed. Sign language interpreters work in schools and courts, and for social service agencies, interpretation services, government services and television stations, or they may be self-employed.
Translators and translator-revisers
- Translate a variety of written material such as correspondence, reports, legal documents, technical specifications and textbooks from one language to another, maintaining the content, context and style of the original material to the greatest extent possible
- Localize software and accompanying technical documents to adapt them to another language and culture
- Revise and correct translated material
- May train and supervise other translators.
- Identify the terminology used in a field of activity
- Conduct terminological research on a given subject or in response to inquiries for the preparation of glossaries, terminology banks, technological files, dictionaries, lexicons and resource centres, and add to terminological databases
- Manage, update and circulate linguistic information collected from terminological databases
- Provide consultative services to translators, interpreters and technical writers preparing legal, scientific or other documents that require specialized terminologies.
- Interpret oral communication from one language to another aloud or using electronic equipment, either simultaneously (as the speaker speaks), consecutively (after the speaker speaks) or whispered (speaking in a low whisper to one or two persons as the speaker is talking)
- Provide interpretation services in court or before administrative tribunals
- May interpret language for individuals and small groups travelling in Canada and abroad
- May interpret for persons speaking an Aboriginal or foreign language in a variety of circumstances
- May train other interpreters.
Sign language interpreters
- Translate sign language to a spoken language and vice versa either simultaneously or consecutively.
* Sign language interpreters work in French and Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) or in English and American Sign Language (ASL).
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