Now What?: Translation vs. Transliteration
Talking about transliteration—and why it might come in handy for a genealogist.
Q. What’s the difference between a transliteration and a translation?
A. A translation tells you the meaning of words in another language. A transliteration doesn't tell you the meaning of the words, but it helps you pronounce them. Transliteration changes the letters from one alphabet or language into the corresponding, similar-sounding characters of another alphabet.