Translation is the art of getting the gist of what the author is trying to say and expressing the essence of it in another language. Simultaneous interpreting is the art of understanding even before the speaker has finished his sentence so that the listener is not lost in translation.
I don't know how they managed to translate before the Internet - it is absolutely indispensable to find out what abbreviations stand for, what certain companies do, whether a certain name is a company name, a product name or a strange word I need to find a translation for...
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Associations of translators and interpreters in Germany
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