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Which Arabic Dialect Should Translators Master?

Learning any language requires choosing a dialect, but in Arabic this choice is perhaps more important than in other languages. Differences in Arabic dialects are sometimes so large that speakers from different areas cannot communicate with one another. This poses a problem for anyone considering learning Arabic for translation: unless the translator already has a […]

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30th January, 2014 I by Elisabeth Willner

An Introduction to Creating Shapes in Microsoft Word

Welcome to this week’s Tip of the Week! If you’ve missed our previous Tips of the Week, be sure to check them out here. Shapes are often overlooked but useful tools that I use for formatting documents on an almost daily basis. They are especially great for formatting legal or educational documents, which are most […]

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29th January, 2014 I by Nathanael Burt

Simultaneous Interpretation Series Part 3 of 6: Don’t Get Tripped Up! Things to Remember During a Simultaneous Interpretation Assignment

Speakers, for any occasion and regardless of the audience size, will prepare their presentation beforehand. People just like feeling ready for things, especially when others may ask unexpected questions. Presenters may have notes to refer back to as they speak in order to remind themselves of important points to cover, or they may have a […]

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28th January, 2014 I by Harry Hogue

What Hotel Managers Need to Know About Interpreting Equipment

Great sound equipment is just as important as a great interpreter for the success of a multi-lingual event. If the audience can’t hear the interpreter, there may as well not be one. As a hotel manager or event planner, you may be responsible for the important task of finding equipment. To make sure you’re prepared […]

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27th January, 2014 I by Elisabeth Willner

Deciphering Language in the Genes

Researchers have isolated a gene that appears to affect the production of language. It was discovered when half of a single large family in London showed difficulties with articulation and grammar, all of whom possessed a disrupted version of the gene, called FOXP2. According to evolutionary biologists, the gene “differs significantly in its DNA sequence” […]

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24th January, 2014 I by Lyssandra Allen

Localize Your Business: Three Popular Social Networks Outside the U.S.

Want to reach international customers? Meet them where they are. In the era of social networks, that doesn’t have to mean moving to Peru or India, because you can communicate with international customers online. You may already be working on your social media presence with sites like Facebook and Twitter, but if you’re looking for […]

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23rd January, 2014 I by Elisabeth Willner

Microsoft Word Shortcuts Part Two: International Characters

Welcome to this week’s Tip of the Week! If you’ve missed our previous Tips of the Week, be sure to check them out here. If you use Word to write in a foreign language, this blog is for you! We’re going to cover the basics of international characters in Word so that you don’t have […]

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22nd January, 2014 I by Nathanael Burt

Simultaneous Interpretation Series Part 2 of 6: Selecting a Quality Simultaneous Interpreter

Welcome to part two of our simultaneous interpretation series! Now that you’re familiar with what simultaneous interpreters do, here are a few points to keep in mind the next time you need one. If you need a refresher on the basics of simultaneous interpretation, check out last week’s blog post. Simultaneous interpretation is one of […]

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21st January, 2014 I by Harry Hogue

Crowdsource Correspondent: Will News Translations Replace Reporting?

Foreign correspondents: make way for the crowds. Increasing numbers of international news sites are featuring crowdsourced translations of news from abroad rather than original content. With the news industry cutting back on international coverage, the trend may be arriving at the ideal time. Outlets previously gathered international news through wire services and foreign bureaus, but […]

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20th January, 2014 I by Elisabeth Willner

How Arabic Can Help Expand Your Solar Energy Business

When investors think of energy in the Middle East, they probably think oil, but with new developments in the region, it may be time to think sun. Businesses and individuals interested in solar energy can look to the Middle East, North Africa (MENA) region as a growing area for the renewable energy source. Between 2008 […]

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17th January, 2014 I by Elisabeth Willner

New Year’s Traditions Around the World

Sitting here just two short weeks into the new year I found myself reflecting on New Year’s Eve, when people all over the U.S. rang in the new year with various traditions. My family, for example, made a large pot of black-eyed peas and fried hog jowl to bring us lots of luck. Many people […]

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15th January, 2014 I by Harry Hogue

When Literal Isn’t “True:” A Translator’s Take on the Atlas of True Names

Would you translate Cuidad Juarez as Swineherd City? That’s the premise of the Atlas of True Names, a map put together by cartographers Stephan Hormes and Silke Peust, which shows geographical names translated into English using their root languages. Great Britain transforms into “Great Land of the Tattooed,” Chicago to “Stink Onions,” and the Seine […]

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15th January, 2014 I by Elisabeth Willner

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