An interpreter works to break down the language barrier for their clients. In the classic sense, an interpreter facilitates communication between two people by translating the statements of each person into the other person's language. For example, if an English speaker and a Mandarin Chinese speaker need to conduct business with each other, and neither knows the other's language, an interpreter would listen to the English speaker's statements and repeat them in Mandarin; conversely, the interpreter would listen to the Mandarin speaker's statements and repeat them in English.
Explain and clarify cultural expectations and idiom.
Translate written documents or audio tapes to and from target language and English.
Convey spoken content accurately from one language to another.
Assist with documentation, filing and paperwork.