translator vs interpreter

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Hello everyone, I have one little question about these two words. Is every interpreter a translator? Or the interpreter translates only orally and translator - only in writing and those two words shouldn't be mixed?

Thank you in advance for answer!
  • cuchuflete

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    From the WordReference English dictionary:

    3 translator,

    a person who translates written messages from one language to another

    2 interpreter

    someone who mediates between speakers of different languages
    Dictionary definitions sometimes present these terms as synonyms. In idiomatic English there is usually a clear distinction, with interpreter used to name someone who converts speech from one language to another, and translator focused on the written word.
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