“This thing all things devours; Birds, beasts, trees, flowers; Gnaws iron, bites steel; Grinds hard stones to meal; Slays king, ruins town, And beats mountain down. ” – Gollum Time should be easy to translate, right? Wrong! The passage of time is universal and inevitable, but the way different cultures experience it is not. And that […]
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Is translation just an expense to be minimized, or is it an investment? Of course, the answer depends in part on the situation. But considering how often potential customers ask our CEO why they can’t just use Google Translate instead of a professional translation company, it’s clear that some people are overlooking the value. What’s […]
There are approximately 7,000 languages in the world today. But why? Why are there so many languages? It’s an ancient question, almost as old as humanity itself. Explanations for why people speak so many languages are common in myths from cultures around the world. The story of the Tower of Babel in the Bible is […]
Monday was World Emoji Day. Over the past decade, these little icons have become essential to online communication. But how much do you know about them? To celebrate, here are 8 facts you should know about emoji around the world. Love emoji? Thank the Japanese. Emoji were invented in Japan in 1999 by Japanese designer Shigetaka Kurita. […]
If you’re an Amazon Prime junkie, I don’t need to tell you that Tuesday was Prime Day. Your bank balance is probably enough of a reminder. For everyone else, Prime Day is Amazon’s self-created sales holiday, with deals on just about everything. Amazon itself excels at localization. And we’ve held them up as an example […]
Over the past year, machine translation has made significant progress. Tech giants like Google, Microsoft, and Facebook are building powerful Neural Machine Translation (NMT) systems modeled after the human brain. NMT offers improved accuracy compared to older machine translation systems. To hear the headlines tell it, that means all of our translation problems are solved. Who […]
July 4th is Independence Day in America. It’s been 241 years since that bunch of ungrateful colonists declared independence. You’d think we’d have learned to speak English properly by now. Yeah, not so much. Here are 5 ways Americans are ruining the English language: Incorrect Spellings Americans have long been guilty of spelling abuse. Thanks to […]
Over the years, China has become famous around the world for culture, food, industry . . . and funny translation mistakes. “Engrish” may have been born in Japan, but China has been exporting memes of hilariously bad translations for years now. Except that the Chinese government is officially over it. Last week, the General Administration of Quality […]
Ready to localize your website? There’s more to it than just translating words from one language to another. To appeal to audiences around the world, your site must appeal to their preferences . . . and while we like to think good design is universal, there’s usually a cultural component as well. To optimize your […]
Need something to get you over the hump this Wednesday? Get your language and translation water cooler fodder here! We’ve selected 10 stories from the past month that are interesting, thought-provoking or just plain funny. Enjoy! Arab Women Writers, Lost in Translation Translation is about so much more than words. Context matters, too. In this […]
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