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Infamously “Untranslatable”

During the process of localizing a text, unforeseen events may arise that imply an extra effort on the part of the translation team; from technical or specific vocabulary, to terms with different meanings or connotations in other languages. Nothing that a little research and dedication can’t solve. Many glossaries, term bases and style guides are […]

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Suriname: A Collage of Languages

Located in the north of South America, above Brazil and between Guyana and French Guiana, is the Republic of Suriname. You might assume that if you speak Spanish or Portuguese you would be able to understand and be understood in all of Latin America. However, this small but multilingual country breaks that rule a bit. […]

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How Have Translation Quality Standards Changed?

Anywhere you go, you will see, perhaps without even realizing it, translations of varying qualities. In public spaces, airports and tourist sites, you will see translated notices, ads and signs, just to name a few. Some are butchered attempts, for example, when you see a special line at the airport for Diplomatics rather than Diplomats. […]

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Internationalize This!

In an increasingly globalized world, content is generated for multiple areas and platforms, from applications (or “apps”) for Smart Phones and Tablets to user interfaces for computer programs, touch screens and web pages. And also for classic media such as books, brochures, posters, and anything containing text. Nowadays, the concepts of internationalization and localization are […]

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To Edit or Start from Scratch?

A common scenario for our clients is when they find themselves doubting whether or not to edit or re-translate a document (article, website, or legal document) that did not meet their expectations the first time around. This situation can arise from having used an unprofessional translation agency, or having requested a rush translation. However, now […]

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‘Estadounidismos’: A New Variety of Spanish

More and more people in the United States speak Spanish; in fact, it is the second most spoken language in the country. As a consequence, many official documents are now written in Spanish. Both public bodies and private companies translate many of their documents. Sometimes it is so employees or users can better understand rules, […]

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Ancient Translation Errors

One of the risks involved in the translation process is losing the meaning of certain words or concepts, or even that the translation lends itself to a totally different interpretation. Sometimes, these variations don’t affect the final result all that much and don’t generate any sort of significant confusion. However, throughout the history of mankind, […]

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What to Avoid to Achieve a Perfect Translation

As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, the translation process can be puzzling to those who don’t work in the industry. Here we’ll give you some tips that will help improve the quality of the results and ensure a great experience. The information handled by the agency and its clients should be as accurate and explicit […]

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