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...

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...

Facebook linguistic gaps allow hate speech to spread, don’t match demographic...

Social media giant Facebook is under the microscope yet again recently for purportedly prioritizing growth and profit over the safety of users and marginalized...

Sally Rooney Rejects Hebrew Translation, Debate Ensues

Irish novelist Sally Rooney sparked controversy earlier this week over her explanation of why she recently refused to sell the Hebrew translation rights of...

“Korean Wave” Spurs Influx of Loanwords, OED says

We’re currently in the midst of a “Korean wave,” according to editors at the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) — from Squid Game’s immense popularity...

Fijian Language Celebrated Across New Zealand

Oct. 3 marked the beginning of Fijian Language Week in New Zealand, the seventh of this year’s nine Pacific Language Weeks being celebrated throughout...

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...

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...

Helsinki Mayor Wants to Declare City an English-Speaking Area

The mayor of Helsinki, Finland attracted no small amount of controversy recently with a suggestion from the city’s mayor that the capital rebrand itself...

Breaking Down China’s New Personal Information Protection Law

In an effort to improve national security and appease consumer concerns over data privacy, China recently adopted a significant new digital privacy law, set...

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...

Coining Scientific Terminology in African Languages

Just as languages are constantly evolving, adopting loanwords or developing phonological shifts, the scientific landscape is also constantly shifting, with new discoveries and developments...

Emoji Use May Lead to Intergenerational Miscommunication

What does the “🙂” emoji mean to you? If it’s just a normal, happy-go-lucky smiley face to you — you know, one you might use...

United Kingdom Announces Latin Excellence Programme

The government of the United Kingdom announced July 31 its plans to invest millions of pounds in the development of improved foreign language programs...

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...

What does TWB’s expansion mean for the global community?

The Translators without Borders (TWB) story began 10 years ago. TWB helps people get vital information, whatever language they speak, utilizing a community of more...