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The Spirit behind the MultilingualWeb Pisa Event

In a previous post, I commented on the outstanding choice of Pisa, Italy as the setting for the most recent MultilingualWeb Workshop: MultilingualWeb and the City of Pisa One of the primary reasons was that the location gave the event a unique essence or spirit, especially in comparison with other translation and localization industry conferences. […]

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MultilingualWeb and the City of Pisa

MultilingualWeb is a distinct conference that sets itself apart, in the same way that Pisa is a distinct city that sets itself apart. Indeed “Content on the Multilingual Web” was the second of the Workshops of the MultilingualWeb project and not a real conference. I’m used to the translation industry’s massive meetings, such as Localization […]

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The Success of GALA Lisbon 2011

The word on the street is that the recent Conference held by GALA (Globalization and Localization Association) in Lisbon was the best of the last three it has organized.   I would have to agree.   Granted, I only attended this last one but the organizers, Allison Ferch (Event Coordinator), Amy Ephrem (Member Coordinator) and, of course, […]

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French in Africa

Spanish is spoken in many countries, and while all Spanish speakers can understand each other, there are as many varieties of Spanish as nations that speak it. Something similar happens with French. While French speakers can understand each other regardless of what nation they come from, the French of France is not the same as […]

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The Languages of Africa

Official estimates state that there are 2,000 languages spoken throughout the continent of Africa, which are then broken down into these groups: * Afro-asiatic: these languages are spoken in many countries of northern, eastern and southwestern Africa. The family of Afro-asiatic languages includes approximately 240. The main ones are the Semitic family, Kushite, Berber, and […]

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Localization

According to the Localization Industry Standards Association (LISA), in his introductory guide to the field of localization, localization is “the process of adaptation and manufacture of a product to present the appearance and operation of a manufactured article in a particular country. Thus, localization is a piece of the global business puzzle that allows companies […]

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What is GALA?

GALA, the acronym of Globalization and Localization Association, is an international non-profit organization whose members specialize in language services, translation and technology applied to this industry. Its members include translation agencies, localization service providers, globalization consultants, internationalization specialists and language technology developers. GALA promotes local communication as an indispensable ingredient for global communication. It also […]

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