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Transcription and Translation

People tend to mix up transcription and tranlation--though there are obvious differences. To let more people learn about the differences between transcription and translation, and know more about what AnyTranscription does, we wrote this article.

Transcription And Translation


1. Definition

A transcription is a process which converts speech (either live or recorded) into a written or electronic text document. The most common type of transcription is from a spoken-language source into text. The format of the text should be presented in printable format such as a report. (see more)

Translation: translation is a process of converting the contents of one language (source language) into another language (target language).

2. Differences

From their definitions, we can find that transcription is a process of converting a file format (voice) into another file format (text); and translation is a process of transforming one language into another language. We can use the following example for further explanation:

If you’re taking Chinese class, your teacher let the students translate "I’m hungry.” into Chinese. Well, the result of translation is: 我饿了. But the result of transcription is: I’m hungry. That is to say, transcription merely writes down words the narrator says. But the process of translation will change the language type of oral content.

On the other hand, in terms of the target, transcription and translation are different. The transcription is mainly targeted at speech content, and converting it into text. But translation is mainly targeted at text, and translating it into another language.

3. Transcriptionist and translator

Transcriptionist is a person who performs transcription work and converts speech to text. Actually, the job of the transcription is to listen to the audio/video while typing. They use the foot pedal to control the beginning and end of the audio, while typing the contents heard into the computer and forming the text in the required format. The translator is a person who translates the content of a language into another language. Translators shall convert what seen or heard into the content of target language, and record it. The nature of these two jobs is entirely different.

AnyTranscription possesses numerous professional transcriptionists and translators, which promises to convert transcripts into text in target language before the deadline and present in required format. We unswervingly try our best to satisfy every customer.

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