Not sure you need a professional interpreter for business meetings and conferences? Think again. The person who’s communicating for you when you can’t can make a big impression on your audience.
But first, what is interpreting? Interpreting is not the same thing as translation, although it requires some of the same skills. [...]
Some words may change their meaning and usage over the course of time and, as a result, become more flexible or acquire a new meaning. When reading a newspaper article or a magazine, we encounter many of these newly coined words that have recently gained new currency.
I remember reading an article from the [...]
Today’s holidays are predominantly about independence – which is fitting when we consider that independence is one of the key characteristics of any given language – the ability to seperate itself from other groups through the barrier of words (although this function is changing with advances in the translation and localization industry).
Ever since the mytholical Tower of Babel, language [...]
Spelling can be a toughie – especially in English. A fusion of tongues and dialects with German, Latin and Greek roots, its rules are generally accompanied by exceptions and are better dealt with through memorization instead of logic. Unlike Spanish or Portuguese, for example, spelling, pronunciation and meaning can be quite disconnected, leaving not only [...]
Sometimes, the world of translation requires a little bit of translation itself – especially when it comes to acronyms.
Take a look at these common localization and translation acronyms and decode some parts of the business of language:
CAT: Computer-Aided Translation
DTP: Desktop Publishing
FQA: Formatting Quality Assurance
LQA: Language Quality Assurance
MLV: Multi-Language Vendor
MT: Machine Translation
PM: Project Management
QA: Quality Assurance
Clearance (in medical contexts): the volume of blood or plasma that could be freed of a specified constituent in a specified time (usually one minute) by excretion of the constituent into the urine through the kidneys—called also renal clearance.