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Google and Language Interpretation for Cell Phones

The Times recently reported that Google is looking to progress in its voice technology for cell phones. The company is developing a software that will be able to translate almost instantly on cell phones. This technology would incorporate Google’s ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) to convert the spoken words into text, translate it, and then reconvert […]

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Consecutive Interpretation

Consecutive interpretation can be considered as the most recognizable form of interpretation. Spoken words are interpreted in the target language as soon as the speaker finishes speaking, or in periods of around 10 minutes. This is where the term consecutive applies; the two languages are spoken one after the other. When this type of interpretation […]

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Internationalization and Localization

The terms internationalization and localization have taken on great importance in the world of translation. Internationalization is the process used to design software so that it can be easily adapted to different languages and regions without changes to the engineering or code. Internationalization, in short, is the capability of a Web site to be translated. […]

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Interpretation for Police Services

The idea to write this post came to me as I read an article on Asetrad’s (Asociación Española de Traductores — The Spanish Translator’s Association) that discussed the large number of complaints filed by a group of judges in Madrid due to the low quality and poor level of professionalism from the interpreters they work […]

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Simultaneous Interpretation

How did it start? Simultaneous interpretation, or conference interpreting, is a profession that came into being rather recently. Consecutive interpretation as a profession came into existence in the 20th century, with its initial usage taking place at the signing of the Treaty of Versailles at the conclusion of the First World War. Before then, French […]

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What is Interpretation?

This is a good moment to clarify exactly what is meant by interpretation. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, “interpret” means: 1 : to explain or tell the meaning of : present in understandable terms <interpret dreams> <needed help interpreting the results> 2 : to conceive in the light of individual belief, judgment, or circumstance : construe […]

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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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