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Understanding those mysterious “written accents” (technically known as “diacritical marks”).

A “diacritical mark”, more commonly known as a “written accent” added to a printed letter of the alphabet is mainly used to indicate either a change of pronunciation or indicate “stress” on the “marked” letter. The term originates from the Greek Orthodox language διακριτικός (diakritikós, or “distinguishing”). Certain diacritical marks, such as the acute ´ and grave ` are often called accents. These marks may appear above or below a letter and in some languages within the letter [...]

CMS Localization

If we are talking about internet users today, we are looking at around 445 million Chinese, 155 million Spanish, 100 million Japanese, 82 million Portuguese and 75 million Germans – moving multilingual website localization into the online arena as a hot topic for global professionals.

Behind [...]

What Language has to do with Independence

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 [...]

A Look at Mexican Tradition: The Day of the Dead

Next up in our series comes the two-day holiday that begins today – the Day of the Dead.

El día de los muertos in Spanish, the holiday centers upon the remembrance of loved ones who have passed.  Unlike Halloween, where death feared, in this Mexican and Latin American tradition, death is celebrated.

The Day of the Dead [...]

Language at the Heart of the Multicultural City of Buenos Aires

We are in the business of providing excellent language and localization services to businesses and other professionals around the world. For the team here at Win & Winnow Communications, this means that for much of our working week, which owing to deadlines in international time-zones often extends beyond the standard 40 hour week, we operate within a constructed [...]