Interpretation


Interpretation in Wards and Branches

In contrast to the formal interpretation of General Conference and other major events, a less visible form of interpretation occurs regularly in wards and branches. The need for interpretation may arise in block meetings, stake conferences, social activities, interviews, home teaching visits, etc. Such interpretation efforts do not reach worldwide audiences, but they have significant impact in blessing the lives of individuals.

Getting Started

This site includes some basic information that will be of help to Church leaders in wards and branches who need to arrange for interpretation and also to individual members who are asked to provide that service.

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1. Instructions for Interpreters 
2. Instructions for Priesthood Leaders 
3. ...the word, for the world 
4. Interpretation in Wards and Branches 

Other Useful Information

Translation

The conversion of a message written in one language to a written message with equivalent meaning in another language.

Interpretation

The conversion of a spoken or signed message in one language to a spoken or signed message in another language.

Source Language

The language in which a message is originally given.

Target Language

The language into which a message is to be translated or interpreted.

Native Language

The language in which a person has the greatest ease of expression (usually the language a person spoke in the home while growing up).

Consecutive Interpretation

Interpretation in which the source language speaker and the interpreter take turns. The speaker says a sentence or two and then pauses while the interpreter gives the interpretation in the target language.

Simultaneous Interpretation

Interpretation in which the source language speaker does not pause and the interpreter speaks at the same time but lags a few words or phrases behind.