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Ten questions to ensure you get a high-quality translation

How to ensure you get a high-quality translation You’ve been tasked to have a text translated into a language you don’t understand a word of. You need a translation that is clear, accurate and stylistically proper, and you want to make sure you avoid any possible pitfalls in the appointment process. So, you kick-start Google…

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Words used incorrectly in English that can make you look bad

Words used incorrectly in English can really make you look bad. While I like to think I know a little about business writing, I often fall into a few word traps. For example, “who” and “whom.” I rarely use “whom” when I should. Even when spell check suggests “whom,” I think it sounds pretentious. So…

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The bulk translation market just got even bulkier

Anything goes in the bulk translation market, and this is just another layer of the same market. Let’s try to identify some of the layers exerting downward pressure on translation fees in the bulk translation market. Double standard in the bulk translation market I often talk in my posts about the sad situation in the “translation…

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Seven signs that a translation agency is the real deal

In a previous post titled Seven Unmistakable Signs That A Translation Agency Is A Fake, I listed some of the most telling signs of an agency operating based on the rules of the corporate translation model. Many agencies clearly belong to this category, but definitely not all of them, although to my knowledge, the business…

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Duolingo and Google entering the standardized test game

Free language-learning app Duolingo and Google have had a wild ride. In just over two years on the market, Duolingo’s main product has racked up 30 million users, taking on giants such as Rosetta Stone. Founder Luis Von Ahn has repeatedly stated its business plan to offer a product where users help translate content for sites…

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Skype Translator to put human translators out of a job!

Is Skype Translator looking to put human translators out of a job? Can you imagine a world where language isn’t a barrier? Humanity would be able to achieve some crazy things, like perhaps rocketing a skyscraper into outer space! With every passing year, new technology innovations like Skype Translator chip away at the language barrier,…

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10 things you need to know about translation technology

Understanding a foreign language is getting easier with the range of translation apps for your smartphone and computer. Read these 10 things you need to know about translation technology! Fumbling for words in a foreign language? We have the answer with these 10 things you need to know about translation technology.   1 Google is…

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In English grammar there are 8 parts of speech

In English grammar there are 8 parts of speech.The 8 parts of speech are: nouns, adjectives, pronouns, interjections, conjunctions, prepositions, adverbs and verbs. What does each of the parts of speech do? 8 parts of speech             Function or what it does (job) Verb            …

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4 reasons you should hire a translation agency

4 reasons you should hire a translation agency This is the age of empowered users. From publishing to music, from accommodations to rental cars, the Internet has made it possible to cut out the middle men and give rise to a new so-called “sharing economy” where companies like Uber, Fiverr, AirBnB and Amazon’s Kindle Direct…

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YouTube to support 60FPS and translate video subtitles

At Vidcon, the premiere convention for online content curators, YouTube pulled all the stops. CEO Susan Wojcicki enticed listeners with a slew of new features rolling out for YouTube in the coming months, namely efforts to translate video subtitles.  Crowd-Sourced Efforts to Translate Video Subtitles At her first Vidcon since becoming the CEO of YouTube…

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