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How Do Translation and Interpretation Differ?

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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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What Is a Controlled Natural Language?

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Translators frequently have to confront issues that are often the result of problems existing in the source text we are translating. Some of the most common of such errors include omissions, the use of structures that are difficult to understand, and even the use of abbreviations only known by the person who wrote the original […]

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On Linguistic Landscape

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In a previous post we dealt with the issue of multilingualism and the consequences it has in people’s lives. That article made reference to the oral aspect of the coexistence of several languages in a single place, but it did not delve into what happens with signs in public spaces. This phenomenon is known as […]

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What could be a Non-Translatable

In the translation industry, translators/interpreters always try to find the words that are best fit for the desired translations. How is this achieved? Well, it takes more than one step to decide which word would fit best. One of those steps is the word from the source language, of course, but there’s also the context […]

Translation: One of the Most Promising Industries in 2014

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Recently Inc. Magazine published an article with the five most promising industries in 2014. It’s no surprise that within that select group are two that go hand in hand: apps, and translation and localization services. Of course, as far as apps are concerned, there isn’t much else to be said. Currently they are undergoing intense […]

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Evolving Language

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The idea about this blog started growing from my reading of David Stockman’s The Great Deformation. Although this book focuses on economics and the alleged development of capitalism into a vicious form of crony capitalism (or shall I call it straying?), I started thinking about changes in language. As we all know, languages are living […]

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