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.

Kentucky Fried Chicken, Krampus, and more global Christmas traditions

Yuka Kurihara shared that growing up in Japan, she always looked forward to her family's traditional Christmas meal: a KFC "party barrel" brimming with salad, cake and lots of fried chicken. According to Statista, no less than 58.2% of Japanese eat fried chicken at Christmas.

SignAloud gloves

When you first read about the SignAloud glove, a high-tech device to automate sign language, it’s easy to feel like the future is finally here. However, although a technological feat, it seems the real needs of the Deaf community might have been overlooked. Is this a feel-good story or not-so-fast? As so often, unfortunately, the reality seems to be a bit more complex.

Japanese fans call localized Demon Slayer title ‘egregious’

Hell hath no fury like an anime fan scorned — in this case, devotees of the popular Demon Slayer series. Like Squid Game, Demon Slayer is another piece of non-Western media finding enthusiastic success in the globalized entertainment marketplace. And also like Squid Game, it’s an example of the unusual problems that can arise in the localization process. 

Marvel’s Eternals Prompts Discussion about Language Access

Although it was met with mixed reviews from critics, it’s undeniable that Eternals has shaken things up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film...

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...

Native American Languages Receive Support at White House Summit

On Nov. 15, a group of United States government agencies launched a new initiative geared to protect and preserve Native American languages that have...

Study Highlights Need for Education in Native Language

In one of the largest studies of written language development among bilingual students to date, a team of researchers at universities across the United...

Most People Use Slang, Even When Unsure of Meaning

A common rule of thumb that translation and localization professionals are bound to hear at some point in their career is that localization is...