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Sorting out the Translation Industry’s Mumble Jumle

100 years after WWI, a time when most countries began instituting industrial standards, and 70 years after the creation of the ISO, standards are something we take for granted. We expect our wrenches to fit our bolts and nuts perfectly, we expect the products we buy to have quality controls and warranties, and we expect […]

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How Should Communication Be Facilitated in the Translation Industry?

Good communication is vital to the success of any company in any industry, especially in today’s globalized world. Additionally, it is the role of the company to establish certain guidelines and ways through which employees may communicate with their co-workers and which are in line with the company’s goals and needs. However, translation companies differ […]

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How Do Translation and Interpretation Differ?

There is a common misunderstanding about those who work in the field of translation and interpretation. Sometimes these professionals are referred to using the umbrella term ‘translators’, and are believed to be linguists capable of providing all kinds of linguistic services simply because they possess a very advanced knowledge of a foreign language. This assumption […]

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Translation Studies

Texts have been translated between languages empirically, by hand. This doesn’t mean that people have not spent time reflecting and theorizing on the art of translation or that the great translators of history have stopped proposing their own theories. However, only recently have linguists elevated translation to a scientific category by creating a branch of […]

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The Importance of Language in Diplomacy

The United States government has a high demand for linguists. President Obama’s administration is looking to put more emphasis on diplomacy through more effective multilingual communication in all areas: intelligence, defense, State Department agencies, etc. The ILR (Interagency Language Roundtable) was created and includes several agencies of the State Department. Its main focus will be […]

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Why Multilingualism Counts for So Much

As a translator and as someone that is surrounded by multilingual individuals on a daily basis at work, I’d have to say that I find the process and the effort of grappling with various languages to be enormously rewarding.  As somebody that grew up in a multilingual home I am convinced it is something that […]

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