Archive for: June, 2014

Homer’s Ulysses translated and published in Russian

At long last, Ulysses translated and published in Russian Exactly a quarter-century ago, in the twilight of the Soviet Union, a literary development took place that only a few years earlier would have been utterly unthinkable with James Joyce’s modernist masterpiece: Ulysses translated and published in Russian. The man who dared to take on Joyce,…

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Quel est le meilleur logiciel de traduction?

Mais quel est le meilleur logiciel de traduction au juste? Chaque mois, il publie une chronique 2.0 sur le site de l’ESCP (Ecole supérieure de commerce de Paris). En français et en anglais. Mais malgré une bonne pratique de la langue de Bill Gates, Cyril Bladier confesse sans problème le recours à un logiciel de traduction.…

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15 free tools for translators you did not know you need

The advancements in tools for translators have made it possible for people of different languages, traditions and customs to come into contact. As was expected, translators and interpreters quickly became essential for society, because they are the only ones who can make conversations between foreign individuals possible. Every translator in the twenty-first century will tell you…

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66 facts you may not know about the English language

The English language is, quite literally, the greatest language in the world. Great in terms of size – the current edition of the Oxford English Dictionary contains 615,000 entries. Great in terms of scope — it’s an official language in seventy-nine countries and territories. And great in terms of, well, greatness — it’s just one fantastic mishmash of…

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Why so many translators hate translation technology

In general, technology should serve to make our lives better. Software can automate manual steps, reducing the human workload. Translation, like most language-related tasks, is complex. Translation technology has not yet gotten to the point where it can use language the way people can. Translation is, at a minimum, two times more complex than just writing in…

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7 raisons de parler une ou plusieurs langues étrangères

C’est indéniable : parler une, voire plusieurs, langue(s) étrangère(s) est un véritable atout qui permet de voyager sans encombre dans un pays étranger, de communiquer avec des gens qu’on ne comprendrait pas autrement, de se plonger en profondeur dans une culture qui n’est pas la nôtre et, plus prosaïquement, de savoir ce que l’on commande…

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SDL unveils language cloud translation platform

In the coming months, SDL plans to expand Language Cloud to include subscription access to machine translation for use in the translation process. Web content management, analytics and social intelligence specialist SDL introduced Language Cloud, a cloud translation platform that allows organizations to communicate across languages. The solution provides on-demand access to translation services and…

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What does it take to translate a best-seller into another language?

Words that don’t have a direct translation into English, but which we really wish did. The joy of languages is that for all the similarities you can find between some of them (like Celtic languages such as Irish and Welsh, or Swedish and Danish), it’s the differences that can be most interesting. The cliché that…

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Is translation like music, art or science

People often ask me if translation is music or science. The reality is, it’s a combination of both. A good parallel for the translation profession is the music industry, which has been revolutionized by technology. See this video from Smartling , “Why Translation Is Like Music,” below. There is definitely an art to creating the perfect version…

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Grammar schools helped create a more unequal society

English grammar schools have widened the gap between rich and poor, according to a new study published today. Researchers have reached this conclusion after analysing the pay of more than 2,500 people born between 1961 and 1983. They found a much bigger gap between the wages of the highest and lowest paid individuals born in…

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