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Web 2.0 and its Influence on Marketing and Sales: Myth vs. Reality

We have heard about the “social media revolution” for quite some time now. Since mid-2001, when the first sites that foster collaborative networks emerged, social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Myspace and LinkedIn have produced dramatic changes in the way people communicate. And it is not surprising that Web 2.0, as it is called […]

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Nordic Languages…Similarities

The languages that are commonly known as Nordic have Germanic roots and are spoken throughout the countries of Scandinavia, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Although they are also called Scandinavian languages, due to geographic and linguistic distances between these islands and the Scandinavian region itself, one could say that it is more sensible to reserve […]

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The North American Academy of the Spanish Language

Creation In the United States, Spanish is the second language in terms of number of speakers after English, because the United States now has the second largest Spanish-speaking community in the world, after Mexico. That is why it is not surprising that an academy for the Spanish language was founded in 1973 in the U.S. […]

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Seminar on Industrialization of the Linguistic Sector

It is a reality that the world is advancing and that new technologies are growing in importance in all areas, including our own: translation and interpretation. In fact, I have found dozens of articles about new devices, systems or software that promise to be the ideal “translator substitute”, and it can only seem paradoxical that […]

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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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Voice Recognition Translator

We have already spoken a lot in other posts on the progress of technology in the field of translation: translation memories, automatic translators, tools for quality control, the list goes on. There are even software programs that allow us to enter text by speech recognition: just install a small program or plug-in to have them […]

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The Languages of Indonesia

Indonesian is the official language of the Republic of Indonesia (which is known as Bahasa Indonesia. Bahasa means ‘language’.). It was declared as the official language upon independence of the republic in 1945. Over 23 million people speak it and it is the equivalent of a Malay dialect. Indonesia’s official language is also spoken in […]

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The Real Academia Española

Historical Framework With the political unity of Castile and Aragon, “Castilian” was the dominant language in Spain and the official language of public documents. This was the language that came to America by the hand of conquest. From the sixteenth century on, the language became known as “Spanish” instead of “Castilian.” With the abundance of […]

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W3C Workshop in Madrid: Where Do We Stand?

By now we are all well aware that the world today is an increasingly globalized world, where the need for multilingual communication grows at all times. All of the major lines of communication and sources of information in this century come from the Web. It is interesting to note that while there is a decline […]

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W3 Workshop in Pisa, Italy on the MultilingualWeb

In the last post, we discussed the MultilingualWeb workshops and the importance of this project for contributing to the development of standards for websites. We also talked about the workshops that took place during the last year or are scheduled for 2011. First, we talked about the workshop held in Madrid, which was the first […]

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