Translation Trends for 2021: How the industry is shaping up 

Regional translation industry growth trends As the digital realm continuously pushes for more globalized and shared experiences, the global translation industry is predicted to continue...

The power of positive language

What if there was an easy trick to be more persuasive and more positive, just by changing your mindset and the way you phrase sentences? English speakers have the option to voice both a positive statement and a negative statement that convey the same meaning. For instance, “come to the restaurant on time” and “do not come to the restaurant late” both deliver similar messages; however, the connotation behind the former is much less negative.

Airbnb awards largest contract in language industry

Airbnb announced this morning a suite of new and expanded services, among them a new translation engine to improve guests’ and hosts’ user experience. The...

Google Translate Causes Vaccine Mishap

Last week, MultiLingual reported on a Virginia Department of Health website translation error that incorrectly told Spanish speakers they don’t need coronavirus vaccines. New information...

The 25 Best Globalized Websites

After recently releasing his Web Globalization Report Card for the 17th year, author John Yunker said he's been getting positive feedback on what it...

RWS buys SDL to become new language services industry leader

When two giants merge, an even bigger one is born. The boards of RWS and SDL announced a deal that will see RWS buying SDL. In the UK’s largest tech deal of the year, RWS has agreed to pay GBP 809 million (USD 1.066 billion) to buy SDL.

Zoom Announces Launch of Live Translation in 12 Languages

The digital communications platform Zoom announced Sept. 13 that the company will be launching a new live translation feature to the platform within the...

How to rank well in French SEO

SEMRush completed a study of Google’s ranking factors in September 2017 and found that factors like the time visitors spend on your site and the number of pages they view are now more important than factors such as how often you include a specific keyword on the page. This reinforces the importance of creating a user-friendly website with a responsive design that considers human factors first.

What are the most important African languages in emerging markets?

Roughly 30% of the world’s languages are spoken in Africa. The continent has an estimated 2,000 languages from over 3,000 tribes and 55 countries. But what are the African languages widely spoken in the top-10 investment prospects?

BLEND Announces Acquisition of GM Voices

The international localization company BLEND announced today that it has acquired Atlanta-based GM Voices, a move that will allow BLEND to expand its services...

KUDO closes $21 million in an oversubscribed series A funding round

KUDO, Inc., creator of the eponymous cloud-based video conferencing platform that incorporates real-time multilingual interpretation supporting over 100 spoken languages and 147 signed languages,...

Private equity partnership hints at larger industry trends

On August 4 Joshua Gould, CEO of Leeds, UK-based thebigword, spoke exclusively to MultiLingual Media about their partnership with US-based private equity group Susquehanna...

American Translators Association calls for fair localization

The American Translators Association (ATA) called Tuesday for the entertainment industry to fairly compensate translators, heating up an ongoing debate about the localization workforce.  The...

Translation’s role in cybersecurity

Data security hackers are out there and they don't all speak English. That's the crux behind cloud email security platform Avanan's multilingual approach to phishing,...

How will Meta manage its multilingual experience?

For a product designed to unite the world in work and play, how will Meta handle localization and intercultural interactions? MultiLingual has covered the benefits and pitfalls of social media localization extensively. How much more involved will the translation of an entire virtual platform be?

RWS Revives Language Weaver MT Platform

RWS announced today that it is reviving the Language Weaver brand of machine translation (MT) technology after acquiring Language Weaver’s parent company SDL in...

Language Apps Disappear from App Stores in China

A handful of language learning apps mysteriously disappeared from popular Android app stores in China — the apps, including highly popular ones like Duolingo...

Translators without Borders Partners with Memsource

Translators without Borders announced last week that it will be using Memsource, a new translation tool and management system, in order to improve the...

Iyuno Media Group set to Aquire Rival SDI

In a major reconfiguring of the media localization landscape, UK-based media localization provider Iyuno Media Group announced today that it is acquiring its largest...

LanguageWire Now Owned by Bridgepoint

Danish media reported today that LanguageWire Ltd., a European Language Service Provider (LSP), ranked among the top 30 in the world, was fully acquired...

TRANSLIT Announces Expansion into Russia

The Ireland-based language services provider (LSP) TRANSLIT has announced that the company will be expanding its reach to Russia, a move which has been...

KUDO Marketplace: Democratizing Live Interpretation

In a conversation with Ewandro Magalhães, chief language officer at KUDO, we learned how the new KUDO Marketplace enables service users to build a...

Are You A Startup Sherpa Or A UX Rockstar? Don’t Believe...

Shopping Around For Sherpas Check out this superb article by linguist, lexicographer, columnist, and self-described "all-around word nut"  Ben Zimmer (@bgzimmer) in The Atlantic. Ben discusses the cultural...

Translation errors and culture

The evolution of the internet, and in particular the growth of social media, has done wonders to reduce the vastness of our planet and...