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Language Translation Services and Japanese Law

Posted by Tony Phillips on Oct 20, 2014 10:04:22 AM


Like virtually everywhere in the modern world, the law in Japan is now largely an online enterprise. At first glance, language translation services might seem unnecessary for firms working with Japanese clients because nearly the entire Japanese legal code is available online at the government’s Japanese Law Translation website. The site provides more-or-less acceptable English text describing the specific laws forming the body of a still evolving legal system.

Having that text online is handy, but it doesn’t quite take the place of the old, familiar, thousand-page volumes of dense type that lined lawyers' shelves in times past. After all, the law is like war – sometimes it’s helpful to have something heavy to throw at your opponent.

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Topics: language translation services, legal translation

Legal Interpreting and Translating Services: Two Very Different Things

Posted by Tony Phillips on Oct 17, 2014 1:18:00 PM


Speaking is different than writing, listening is different than reading, and interpreting is different than translating. In common vernacular, we use the terms interchangeably. We ask our bilingual friends and colleagues to ‘translate’ for us, but what we usually want is for them to ‘interpret’ what a speaker is telling us. The spoken word is interpreted. The written word is translated. These are not the same or even very similar tasks. They require different skills, different processes, and different inclinations.

It’s true that probably any bilingual person can satisfactorily interpret for you if you’re placing a dinner order. That same bilingual person can most likely do a decent enough job translating the menu as well. But in a courtroom or a conference room, where speaking is fast-paced, intense, and riddled with high-flown jargon, the ordinary bilingual person won’t suffice. That’s why court interpreters are in such high demand in our multilingual word.

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Topics: interpreting, translating services, translating

3 Interesting Facts About Farsi Language Translation in America

Posted by Carl Pettit on Oct 16, 2014 2:55:54 PM


If you look around — in the right places, that is — you’ll come across an awful lot of Farsi speakers living in the USA. While the relationship between America and Farsi’s homeland (Iran) is often intense, there has been a great deal of interplay between the two cultures for a very long time. Here are three interesting facts about Farsi language translation and Farsi speakers living in the United States.

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3 Misconceptions About Over the Phone Translation Services

Posted by Carl Pettit on Oct 15, 2014 11:00:00 AM


If you’ve heard of “over the phone translation services,” that’s great news. That means you’re already a step ahead. The ability to access speakers of a variety of languages by simply picking up a phone is a wonderful tool to have at your disposal. Even so, there are a few misconceptions out there about exactly what “over the phone translation” services really are. Here are three of those misconceptions with clarification:

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How a Language Translation Service Can Make Your Business Grow

Posted by Carl Pettit on Oct 14, 2014 1:36:00 PM


We live in an interconnected world. Modern modes of transportation and lightning-fast communication mean that our interconnectedness is only set to increase. Sure, isolated pockets of humanity here and there will remain or flare up from time to time. Even so, any industry that wants to grow internationally (or even domestically) will have to know how to utilize a language translation service in order to make business growth a reality.

First off, it’s important to understand that, even though a lot of people speak English as a first or second language, many people don’t. Once you’ve figured that out, you’ll need to identify what communities, nations, and other groups might be interested in the products or services you happen to offer.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Medical Document Translation

Posted by Carl Pettit on Oct 13, 2014 10:49:38 AM


When you need medical document translation, it’s critical that every aspect of the translation process runs as efficiently as possible. This way, you can be sure that you end up with the best translation possible. You don’t want to mess around when it comes to the details of a medical document. Here are some of the dos and don’ts of how to handle medical document translation:

Do make sure you vet your translation agency thoroughly. While a good price is important, employing quality medical translators is even more important. Check the agency’s track record and references, as well as the types of industries the company has worked with in the past

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Places Where Somali Language Translation Is on the Rise

Posted by Carl Pettit on Oct 10, 2014 11:00:00 AM


While you might not know a heck of a lot about Somalia or Somali language translation, you may be surprised  to learn that there are quite a few Somali-speaking communities in the United States. And of course where people speak Somali, the need for Somali language translation will continue to rise.

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A Growing Need for African Language Translation Services

Posted by Reem Hazboun on Oct 9, 2014 5:17:00 PM


More than 16% of the world’s population is categorized as being native speakers of a Sub-Saharan African language. This figure is expected to increase by more than 50% by the year 2050, so it is no wonder that companies like Google are continuously adding more languages options to their most popular services, including Gmail and YouTube, with a huge bump up in support for the African ones in late 2013.

These numbers make it glaringly obvious why African language translation is in such high demand. Professionals offering language services are at the foreground of providing these types of services to fulfill the needs of communication with these growing populations in Africa.

Anyone involved with language services should not hesitate to take these numbers into account when assessing their service offerings. Improving African language translation services can maximize international reach, which is a benefit not only in the corporate realm, but in the world of humanitarian aid as well.  

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Topics: African language translation

Interpreter Services by Phone: When ‘Good Enough’ Isn’t Good Enough

Posted by Tony Phillips on Oct 9, 2014 11:00:00 AM


If you or someone in your office can communicate fairly well in a language other than English, then why would you need interpreter services by phone?

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Topics: telephone interpreters, certified interpreter, interpreter services by phone

Phone Interpreting Saves Time & Avoids Frustration

Posted by Tony Phillips on Oct 8, 2014 11:00:00 AM


Sometimes an email just won’t do. You have probably had the frustrating experience of sending multiple emails back and forth with a colleague and realizing that you still aren’t getting your point across. Email is an imperfect medium, one that is fine for bare facts, but not so well suited to conveying tone, nuance, or subtlety — the very things that make communication effective.

As problematic as those issues can be in English, they're far worse in translation.

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Topics: telephone interpreters, interpreting service, phone interpreting

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