Aardvark Language Services


If you’re not a linguist, buying translations can be frustrating.

Thankfully, the ITI (Institute of Translation and Interpreting) have produced a booklet which is full of tips and advice. Over the next few months, we’ll look at one issue a week, drawing from ITI’s advice, and adding our own Aardvark take on things.

So here goes…!


1. Translation, interpreting – what’s the difference?

Translators write; interpreters speak.

  • If you’ve got a written document which you need in another language (for example, a product brochure, technical manual or safety report), then you need a translator.
  • If you’re organising some kind of meeting which will be attended by people who speak different languages (for example, a workshop, conference or presentation), then you need an interpreter.

Be careful to distinguish between these two services – even the national media get this frequently wrong, referring to interpreters as ‘translators’! And as you’ll see from our Project Management pages, there’s a completely different process involved. Check out ourKnowledgebase to learn more about translation and interpreting.


With thanks to ITI for the main ideas in this series of posts. A PDF version of the guide is available in various languages here: http://www.iti.org.uk/about-industry/advice-buyers/getting-it-right

Why Choose Aardvark?

  • Personal service
  • Managed by language professionals
  • Qualified and professionally accredited linguists
  • Specialist conference interpreters
  • Mother-tongue translators only
  • Revision as standard on all managed projects
  • Industry-leading translation tools
  • Variety of file formats supported
  • Experts in design and desktop publishing software

Some of the sectors we work in

  • Engineering
  • Aerospace
  • Nuclear energy and power generation
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Heavy industry
  • IT and telecomms
  • Transport
  • Leisure and Hospitality
  • Tourism
  • Healthcare
  • Contracts
  • Local government

Aardvark Language Services Ltd


York Eco Business Centre,
Amy Johnson Way,
Clifton Moor,
YO30 4AG

+44 (0)1904 375005


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