Monthly Archives: November 2009

Top Words of 2009

We still have a month left before 2009 comes to a close forever, but Merriam-Webster has already published its “words of the year” (what about the remaining 9% of 2009!?!?!?). The interesting aspect of M-W’s list is that it uses the words that were most looked up on its online dictionary as the basis for […]

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Translator Training

This concept is extremely important. I am not just talking about the education that a translator receives in their studies, but also about culture in general, which is even more important when a translator is specialized in a certain field or fields. A translator’s training consists in their ability to master their mother tongue: writing, […]

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Punctuation in Lists in Spanish

It’s common in our line of work for people to have doubts regarding proper punctuation in lists in Spanish. It’s important to keep certain principles in mind: the extent of the listed ideas and whether they represent marketing material or tables. In addition to the Diccionario de la Real Academia Española, to which we constantly […]

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has yet again befallen us, and all around the US (and in the many parts of the world where American expats and Americanophiles happen to be tucked away) folks are likely enduring the several hours of fasting to make space for the turkey, gravy and stuffing bedecked eat-a-thon that descends right about nightfall. Despite […]

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Specialized Translation Agencies

Years ago we used to see that translation agencies in various countries of the world would only work with a few language pairs, three or four at most. They worked with only one translation program and its staff was made up of only local translators. Today the need to satisfy clients and the clients’ growing […]

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Health Care and Medical Translations

A reform to the health care system in the United States is coming, though the details of the new system are still being worked out. One aspect that is highly important in these proceedings, and often overlooked, is that all policies and practices at insurance companies and hospitals will have to be reworked and reworded. […]

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The Pashto Language

Spoken by the Khan’s or Pashtuns (inhabiting Afghanistan and the west of Pakistan) as well as by groups in India, it is one of the official languages of Afghanistan, along with Dari. With regards to the linguistic history of Pashto, it comes from the Indo-European language of families, discussed HERE, and more specifically forms part […]

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The Importance of Language on Websites

As I was searching for something on the Internet, I came across a very interesting point that brings up a topic of great importance for us today. “If I can’t read it, I’m not buying it”. This is something often heard from people who are trying to make purchases online. A lot of companies have […]

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Boosting Business with Website Translation

Business leaders in today’s global economic context are feeling pretty beleaguered by all the goings on (or lack thereof) of the present, and many are struggling to come up with ways to inject new life into their operations.  A small bit of token advice for such distraught global businesspersons: let website translation be a motor […]

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Translations of Manuals and Handbooks

One of the most essential aspects of multinational companies in the 21st century is uniformity of parts, processes, procedures, etc. The offices and factories of the most successful companies look and operate exactly, or nearly exactly, the same at any branch in the world. This allows for clear communication, easier understanding of problems, and the […]

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