Author Archives: Katie Botkin

About Katie Botkin

Katie Botkin, managing editor at MultiLingual, has a background in linguistics and journalism. She began publishing “multilingual” newsletters at the age of 15, (the linguistic variety at this early stage consisting mostly of helpful insults in Latin) and went on to invest her college and post-graduate career in language learning, teaching and writing.

Hurricane aftermath with TWB

Translators without Borders (TWB) has been working on recent hurricane crisis situations in the United States, the Caribbean and Mexico, while simultaneously dealing with the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh and an earthquake in Mexico. The team has been over-the-top busy try to respond to all the crises and, “to be honest, it overwhelmed us for a...

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Google, gender and money

Google is scrambling to distance itself from a ten-page memo currently circulating around the internet and written by an employee. A male, self-described “classical liberal” outlined his ideas on gender in a document he titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.” In it, he appeals to generalities about men and women’s psychology as it relates to tech...

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Localization Basics

So you want to expand into new markets. Or maybe you want to know what translation mistakes your company should avoid. Possibly, you’re just curious what localization is. Great! You’ve come to the right place. Here are four important thing to keep in mind. 1. The customer is always right You should know what your...

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Travel, tourism, Cuba and the New Year

In 2017 we have a host of new localization subjects to explore. One is travel and tourism. I’ve traveled all over, but after spending ten days in Cuba, I can say it’s one of the most-visited and still least-touristy places I’ve been. From a tourist’s perspective, it’s aching for some seriously localized tourist amenities: wifi,...

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Looking ahead after the US election

All the messages I’ve gotten today from friends and colleagues abroad are worried. They woke up to the fact that the US had elected Donald Trump and a host of supporting characters. Whatever you personally think of Trump, it’s likely that this could negatively impact international diplomacy, trade and any number of US domestic issues. This is...

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Live from LocWorld

The keynote at LocWorld32 just took place in Montreal, Canada, discussing how to engage customers profitably. “This,” said keynote speaker Donald Cooper of localization “is a huge growth industry. I can’t think of another industry that’s growing at 7% a year.” Cooper speaks internationally in 40 industries worldwide, offering advice on business growth and management....

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Moravia and new directions

Common Sense Advisory had an insightful post about Moravia’s recent change in ownership to now-majority shareholder Clarion and influx of $100 million in revenue. Don DePalma notes that “Investors love software, but the reality is that somebody has to assemble the pieces,” and suggests that we may see more LSP acquisitions such as this in the...

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Women, culture and language

In our just-released December 2012 issue of MultiLingual, Hannah Berthelot dives into the realms of language, women and culture, and how these intersect in our industry. Her opening tales of getting verbally harassed in Paris caught my attention because they conjured up memories of my own. The only night I have ever walked around in...

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Teach them grammar at a young age

For future generations of translators, the youthful period of linguistic “plasticity” may be crucial. Apparently, the old adage that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks is somewhat true… at least, if you replace “dog” with “human” and “tricks” with “grammar.” “The brain is innately designed to be open to experience, but only during...

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