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Does communication require speaking the same language?

A few weeks ago, I played a game whose protagonists were speaking in a language that I did not understand. After doing some research, I found out that the language spoken was fictional (which is why it wasn’t dubbed nor were there subtitles)  Beyond the challenges within the game, what caught my attention was that […]

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The Importance of Context

Many times, especially with companies that have never hired a translation service, clients are not entirely clear what a translator may need to generate the expected result, beyond the text itself. On this point, I would like to stress the importance of receiving a reference text or information that will greatly assist the translator to […]

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Petroleum and the Use of Quote Marks

Having recently worked on several documents for clients in the petroleum industry, and in light of the new charges brought against M. Khodorkovsky, a former oil tycoon, I would like to talk about two issued related to translation: being true to the original and making the translation sound good. The slick petroleum tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky […]

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