The number of Arabic literary works translated into English is rising...

The number of Arabic-to-English literary translations published in the United Kingdom and Ireland between 2010 and 2020 rose by about 92% from the two decades prior, according to research recently presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Improving Diversity in the Field of Sign Language Interpreting

Researchers at three British universities have recently released a study highlighting the need for improved diversity in the field of sign language interpreting and...

Afghan Interpreters Seek Special Immigrant Visas

Editor's note: This story was originally published in April and has been updated. The Biden administration announced on July 8 that flights to evacuate some...

Journalists Face Widespread Crackdown After Belarus Vote

Authorities in Belarus have received international criticism for their violent crackdown on journalists following the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko. Many believe the election...

32 countries, countless languages: Linguistic considerations at the World Cup

Often referred to as the biggest sporting event in the entire world, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that broadcasters and organizers of the...

Estonian Government to Develop Central Translation Platform

The government of Estonia has ordered the development of a central translation platform for the country, according to a July 9 report from Estonian...

Welsh Language Activists Fight Against Nuclear Energy

Language activists in Wales have been fighting to protect the Welsh language from a rather unlikely threat: nuclear energy. According to a recent report...

How Travel Can Help Preserve Endangered Languages

Find out how travel can aid in saving endangered languages through cultural immersion and support for local initiatives.

A conversation with Begoña Canut Noval

Begoña Canut Noval, a conference interpreter with 11 years' experience, shares why she started her agency, inTERP Mexico, and what keeps her going in the localization business. 

Bill supports New York City Chinatown’s English-Chinese street signs

Since the 1960s Manhattan’s Chinatown has featured bilingual street signs. Installed following a massive influx of Chinese immigrants to the city with the passage of the Immigration Act of 1965, the signs aimed to make navigation easier for Chinese New Yorkers who might not read English. 

Terminology Glosses: Hikikomori and Ikigai

Let's talk about Japanese. In Japanese, the personal pronoun 私 (watashi, I) becomes 私たち (watashitachi, we) thanks to the suffix たち (tachi, mark of the plural). Moving up one level towards syntax, we then realize that the word order in Japanese is subject-object-verb. These two features alone should suffice to...

UK Ministry of Defence Leaks Afghan Interpreters’ Identities, Apologizes

A recent blunder by the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence could have severe implications for Afghan interpreters seeking asylum in light of the recent...

The Economist shares data on English’s role in global pop culture

Data journalists at The Economist used information from Spotify to identify several trends in how local communities across the world listen to music — while English-language music remains quite popular worldwide, its popularity appears to be declining, as local audiences begin to turn more to music performed in their native language.

Nuances and niceties

It's been at least five years since I traveled to a place where I did not know the language but LocWorld40 takes me to the west coast of Portugal. I stare sheepishly at Portuguese food labels, the sheep-effect of which is only enhanced by my not wearing my glasses.

New Mexico officials pursue language solutions for state services

Source NM reports that non-English-speaking New Mexico residents are struggling to navigate housing, food, and healthcare systems in the state, resulting in delays for obtaining state aid. Following a lawsuit by the Center for Law and Poverty, public officials are working on potential solutions. 

Chinese Project Promotes Local Dialects, but in What Capacity?

Surveying a wide swath of regions, Chinese officials aim to preserve and promote local dialects. The country’s human rights record, however, stands at odds...

It’s all relative

What is wrong with the following sentence (other than the obvious heartbreak): “The thing is, is John just doesn’t love me anymore” ? It’s the...

What are languages? A primary student’s perspective

Languages are powerful weapons which are used as a mode of communication to express our thoughts. It is a way by which humans communicate with each other and build relationships by expressing ourselves through speech and writing. Language is a vital part of human connection.

Localization Immaturity Model: Are We There Yet?

The reality of the "gig economy". Incessant talk about "Millennials". Language startups and their hoody culture. Is there no end to being made feel "old"...

UCSF Researchers Explore Non-Native Speech Perception

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco’s (UCSF) Department of Neurological Surgery recently published a study which sheds light on the nature of...

Macron trips up translators

The controversy started when President Macron used the verb “emmerder” in an interview with Le Parisien. He was quoted as saying: “J’ai très envie d’emmerder les non-vaccinés,” voicing his intent to make the lives of the non-vaccinated difficult.

What the localization of travel websites can tell us about the...

We took a look at a variety of tourism websites to try to get a good feel for the market. We could not consider every tourism website out there, so these are the results for the sample we selected. The results of the study are as follows....

UNM launches research center to support acquisition of Diné and other...

When it comes to language learning, young children’s abilities are unparalleled. Their well-documented capacity to quickly acquire a language’s structures — whether that be...

Africa Day 2022: Developing a more equitable tech landscape for African...

Most of the nations of Africa have been politically independent of colonial powers for the better part of half a century now. Still, discussions at the intersections of language and technology often overlook the continent.