transitive verb:

1: to explain or tell the meaning of : present in understandable terms 

  • interpret dreams

  • needed help interpreting the results

2: to conceive in the light of individual belief, judgment, or circumstance : construe 

  • interpret a contract

3: to represent by means of art : bring to realization by performance or direction 

  • interpretsa role

intransitive verb: to act as an interpreter between speakers of different languages

A lot of times people mistakenly use the words "interpreter" and "translator" interchangeably. An interpreter performs the act of orally changing one language to another, while keeping the same meaning; translator performs the same act, only done with written words.

Interpret = oral; the spoken word

translate = scribed; the written word

This should help you determine whether you need an interpreter or a translator.

Interpreters can appear in-person, by telephone, or by video. They can be used over and over for different cases, or they can be recorded and used over and over for the same application every time. 


All interpreters should be trained on how to interpret and what mode to use:

  • Simultaneous

  • Consecutive

  • Telephonic

  • Sight


The best training is not enough; a good interpreter must understand and follow the ethics required by the State and by Central Interpretation & Translation Service. All of our interpreters read the ethics, watch several videos regarding ethics, and sign a document promising to abide by the ethics.

Our interpreters are all sub-contractors. In other words, they are not employees of Central Interpretation & Translation Services. All interpreters sign a sub-contrator agreement. Likewise, the client (you) will be required to sign an agreement, a contract for services performed. Please go to "Legal" for a sample of that Agreement.   


Once you have determined you need an interpreter and have scheduled one to interpret for you, you will need to know how to work with interpreters. Please go to the "Rules" page to understand what to expect and how to work with interpreters.

Interpreters are people too! Try and make your experience working with an interpreter(s) pleasant for everyone!