What’s your Christmas tree tradition? The origins of a holiday symbol

As far as we can tell, the use of the first modern Christmas tree was developed in medieval Livonia, in current day Latvia and Estonia. Tallinn claims to have set the first modern Christmas tree ceremoniously on fire in their town square in 1441, while Riga claims to have done the same thing in 1510. The latter still has a plaque commemorating the occasion.

Yakuza fans release patch for untranslated game

But thanks to franchise fan John “AugmentedSmoke” and his team, Team K4L, English-speaking Yakuza fans will have the chance to play unlocalized titles Black Panther: Like a Dragon New Chapter and Black Panther 2: Like a Dragon Ashura Chapter.

Questions for LocPros: Do you have an accent?

Are you speaking a second, third, or even fourth language fluently? Chances are, like me, no matter how hard you try, it is difficult to speak completely without a foreign accent.

Statement on Languages Calls for Embrace of Multilingualism

As global and local communications continue to become more vital than ever — and more and more disparate — five academies from the UK,...

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...

Researchers Decode Elephant Communication

Lauded by Scientific American as the “first ‘Google Translate’ for elephants,” a team of researchers at the non-profit animal conservation organization ElephantVoices has developed...

The Underrepresentation of African Languages in Tech

Like any other continent on Earth, Africa is home to hundreds — and potentially thousands, depending on who you ask—of indigenous languages. Some of...

Nonprofit expands accessibility for Jerusalem Talmud

It’s arguably the best way for laypeople and experts alike to experience the Jerusalem Talmud. The online version brings together all 17 volumes, matching the translation with the original Aramaic. Inquisitive minds can also take advantage of linked references, translations, and additional information sources.

Two literary translations shortlisted for $60,000 prize in Canada

If one of the works win, it would be the first time a novel in translation won the award in the prize’s 25-year history.

Aberdeen group contrasts Best-in-Class with “Laggards”

If you’re interested in getting a copy of the Aberdeen group’s recent “Documentation Goes Global” report (at the price of an e-mail address), click...

Turkish Social Media Law set to Gobble up Dissent

The Turkish parliament swiftly approved a new law regulating social media at the end of July, after Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned earlier...

Airbnb Expands Safety Support for 11 Languages

Airbnb announced recently that the company is expanding its safety support line to offer assistance to users in 11 new languages. The travel company launched...