[Video Snacks] How to Understand Swahili on the Phone

Posted by SpokenHere on May 25, 2018 12:51:29 PM

Have you ever done trigonometry….in Chinese?
Built a house of cards in a wind tunnel?
Gotten a millennial to put their mobile device down?
Those things are hard.
You know what’s easy?
Talking to someone else on the phone in their language. We once had a client who needed to talk to someone in Swahili. They called in, entered their PIN and voilà, Swahili! 

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Topics: Language Translation

[Video Snacks] Interpreters vs. Translators

Posted by SpokenHere on May 17, 2018 1:27:09 PM

As expert and passionate linguists, we get accused of being the grammar police, nit-picky and, well, just rude in some cases. We have no idea what all those people are talking about...well, okay, maybe they're right. Here's one thing we see a lot that really irks us, but probably doesn't bother the rest of you.

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[Video Snacks] 7 Interesting Language Facts

Posted by SpokenHere on May 9, 2018 5:27:39 PM

Languages are an interesting thing. Where did they come from? Why are there so many different ones? Why are they so different from thousands of years ago? Well, as lovers of languages, we are interested in all of those questions. But since we humans are pressed for time these days, we thought it'd be quicker and easier to throw 7 interesting facts about languages your way. Enjoy the video!

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[Translation 101] "Misunderstanding Down Under"

Posted by Bobby Lahiere on May 8, 2018 11:42:27 AM

We've all seen those embarrassing mistranslations from all over the world of signs and consumer product packaging. The Internet is rife with these funny, real world examples of people who, for whatever reason, decided to cut corners or simply did not understand the right way to go about translating their message into another language. Then there's the bevy of infamous failed marketing campaigns, such as the one Chevy Nova endured (or didn't according to Snopes.com) that have become legendary.

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Housing Authorities, Immigrants and the American Dream

Posted by Bobby Lahiere on Apr 25, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Housing authorities provide a valuable service to some of the most vulnerable citizens of our society. The core mission of these government agencies is to provide housing at low or no cost to potential residents who qualify. With the drastic changes to the demographics of and influx of immigrants into the U.S., housing authorities are increasingly interacting with people who speak little to no English..

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[Infographic] 50 Fascinating Language Facts

Posted by Natalie Hagen on Apr 20, 2018 9:52:24 AM

Being a translator, or a lover of languages in general, can increase your curiosity for the mysteries of languages. The origin of languages is often debated, making them even more intriguing. As you come across various words, phrases, cultures, and countries your interest may change from one of grammar and syntax, to that of history and people.

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Translating Articulate Storyline Courses

Posted by Bobby Lahiere on Apr 17, 2018 9:56:19 AM

Articulate Storyline is one of the world's leading learning content authoring tools. With over 80 million learners in more than 150 countries, Articulate Storyline has a wide global reach. In addition to making it easy to develop content for today's learner, the software also provides the developer with tools to facilitate the translation of the course content into other languages.

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The Anatomy of a Translation Quote

Posted by Bobby Lahiere on Apr 12, 2018 10:06:24 AM

We can drink instant coffee, eat fast food, and watch on demand movies. We love getting what we want NOW. We want fast. We need fast.

It's true. We. Love. Fast.

When it comes to professional services, such as foreign language projects, however, speed can kill. That's because there is a lot of complexity involved with those kinds of projects and specialized resources and tools may be needed not only to complete the project but to build the actual quote.

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What Does a Good Language Translation Cost?

Posted by Bobby Lahiere on Apr 5, 2018 11:30:00 AM

The short answer: A lot less than a bad one.

"You get what you pay for" is an old and well-known saying in the English language. Most of us know that from personal experience, but we don't consider this idea for every purchase we make. Typically, when shopping for something, buyers balance price with other factors, such as quality, convenience, speed and service. Yet when it comes to buying language translation services, very often consumers consider nothing but price. Simply buying the cheapest translation available can be risky and lead to bigger problems down the road. But why does translation not get the same considerations as other important things we buy?

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How Over-the-Phone Interpretation can be Used to Grow Your Business

Posted by Bobby Lahiere on Mar 15, 2018 11:00:00 AM

In this day and age, language barriers are easy to overcome with the proper resources, so there is just no need for them to be an issue.  Over-the-phone interpretation (OPI) service providers can be your resource for when you need to make a phone call with someone who speaks a different language.

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Topics: Over the phone interpretation