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The most spoken languages

Communication with others is essential for people to live together, whether in our own country with the people that surround us, or in another country far from our own. We should, however, be able to differentiate between the most commonly spoken language in the world, which has the largest speaking population, and the language used most for communicating in […]

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Considerations when translating marketing material

I usually recommend to customers looking to translate content created to communicate and promote their products and services that they seek a “creative writing” service. I explain that this is “added value” to avoid a literal translation and to be able to adapt the content to the audience receiving the message. In this way, we ensure the […]

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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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Good Results Demand Better Communication

The more translation projects I have been involved with, the more I realize that communication is a fundamental aspect of translation–not only on the translator’s behalf, but that of the client as well! Indeed, let this serve as notice to all present and future translation buyers (particularly regarding voluminous, complicated documents): have a member of […]

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When Speaking the Same Language Doesn’t Mean Being Able to Communicate

Today we’ll shift gears a bit and recommend a highly awarded film: “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers,” directed by Wayne Wang.  It earned itself the distinction of Best Film at the San Sebastian Film Festival, it received the Signis award as well as the Cinema Writers Circle award.  In addition to all these awards […]

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