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The Pitfalls of Using Machines for Document Language Translation

Posted by Erik Neilson on Apr 22, 2014 11:29:00 AM

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As the world becomes increasingly more interconnected, the need for document language translation is growing at an exponential rate. Many businesses find themselves looking to take the least expensive route possible in order to handle a translation job and thus turn to translation software. Machine translation is practically everywhere, after all, and it's often available to use for free. What typically goes overlooked, however, is that using free machine translation software comes along with a number of pitfalls.

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Topics: document translation

German Language Translation and Ethnic German-Speaking Minorities

Posted by Carl Pettit on Apr 17, 2014 9:29:25 AM

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Ethnic German-speaking communities are much more widespread than you may have imagined. While many people don't consider German a world language at the same level as English or Spanish, that doesn't mean you can’t find German-speaking populations all over the globe.

Once upon a time, when the USA was very young, there was a chance that German, not English, was going to be made the official language of the United States (although this is a bit of an urban legend). Try and picture how important German language translation would have become if that had actually been the case.

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3 of the Best Places to Live for Freelance Telephone Interpreters

Posted by Erik Neilson on Apr 16, 2014 12:53:00 PM

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There are a great deal of reasons why one might want to become a freelance telephone interpreter, but perhaps one of the biggest is the flexibility that it provides. Freelancing typically means being able to live and work from wherever one pleases, which opens up a lot of options. Some cities are a bit more "freelancer friendly" than others, however, and gaining a solid understanding of which options might be a good fit can help you to find the city that's right for you.

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Topics: interpreters

French Language Translation and Ballet Terminology

Posted by Carl Pettit on Apr 16, 2014 9:17:00 AM

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The French language is, among other things, the language of ballet. This in turn means that French language translation and ballet terminology go hand in hand. Of course, if you’re deep into dance culture and ballet, you probably already know many French dance terms (plus a few Italian terms as well). But for the uninitiated, these terms might not be all that clear. Let’s take a brief look at French language translation and ballet, and how the two became so intertwined.

Ballet evolved over many years. Despite the fact that ballet can trace its origins to the Italian Renaissance, this form of dance was actually formalized in France -- hence the large number of French language terms in modern ballet. During the 18th century, many of the technical aspects of ballet were cemented down and codified, which led to the creation of a serious and dramatic mode of artistic expression.

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Afrikaans Translation and Slang

Posted by Carl Pettit on Apr 15, 2014 1:58:00 PM

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Afrikaans is a language that has borrowed words from all over the planet. Any language with such a rich lexicon is bound to have an awful lot of slang thrown into the mix, and Afrikaans is no exception to this rule. This is an important fact to take into consideration when looking at Afrikaans translation.

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3 Reasons to Become a Telephone Interpreter

Posted by Erik Neilson on Apr 15, 2014 11:00:02 AM

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When it comes to finding the right career, there's no getting around the fact that doing so can be extremely difficult. Many people spend years working in industries that aren't the right fit for them as they try to find a job that truly resonates, which can result in a great deal of unhappiness over time. One career that sometimes gets overlooked is that of telephone interpreting.

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Topics: telephone interpreting services

What to Do When Your Business Needs Interpreter Services by Phone

Posted by Erik Neilson on Apr 14, 2014 3:06:59 PM

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For many business owners, the notion of needing interpreter services by phone seems implausible. As businesses grow, however, so too do their audiences. Eventually, the need to take business overseas or make a different move that requires hiring a telephone interpreter can creep up faster than most people realize. In such a scenario, it's not uncommon to feel confused about what to do.

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Topics: interpreter services

Some Interesting Facts About the Philippines and Tagalog Translation

Posted by Carl Pettit on Apr 14, 2014 9:33:00 AM

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The Philippines is a massive island nation situated on the western rim of the Pacific Ocean. Tons of islands, different ethnicities and a varying history make up the fabric of this amazing archipelago. Tagalog and Tagalog translation — one of the most important official languages of the Philippines — has been growing in importance recently, bringing this nation to the forefront of the international community once again.

The “pivot” of the United States to Asia is a big factor in some of the renewed interested in the Philippines and Tagalog translation. China’s increasing dominance in the region, as well as fishing and land rights, rebel groups, drug trafficking, piracy, Filipino expats communities around the globe, and the fact that the country is set in a vital geopolitical spot also contribute to the Philippines amplified prominence on the global stage.

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Why You Should Avoid Using a Machine for Document Language Translation

Posted by Erik Neilson on Apr 11, 2014 2:08:58 PM

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As technology progresses, so too does the amount of online document language translation software, or machine translation, that hits the market. Indeed, there are countless different options out there for those who are trying to translate documents for either business or personal reasons, all of which seem to claim that they're the "best" at what they do. But are any of these applications worth using?

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Topics: language translation software

3 Essential Tips for Technical Document Language Translation

Posted by Erik Neilson on Apr 10, 2014 1:30:00 PM

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It's no secret that document language translation can be rather difficult at times. This is especially true when it comes to technical documents. Translating technical documents requires taking a variety of different factors into consideration, as an inaccurate translation can lead to danger, lawsuits, or other potential problems. 

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Topics: technical translations

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