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Unicode Jewels: Ogham Alphabet Made Personal

I’ve just had a super new ring made for me by Irish designer Breda Haugh. It’s in sterling silver with a single pink sapphire stone set around Ogham symbols. Wikipedia tells us that Ogham is “an Early Medieval alphabet used to write the early Irish language (in the so-called “orthodox” inscriptions, 1st to 6th centuries AD), and...

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An Cód: Craicing the Code in Irish

It’s often assumed that computing coding lessons are always taught in English because most (though not all) programming languages use English language syntax. Not so. Take this great example of learning to code in Irish (Gaeilge), part of the Hour of Code initiative in 2016, thanks to computer science professor Kevin Scannell (@kscanne), from Saint Louis...

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A Cute Irish Accent

Irish accents, dontcha love ’em? In this case I’m talking about Irish language (Gaeilge) orthography, specifically the Irish language equivalent of the acute accent, the fada or síneadh fada. A letter in the Financial Times newspaper points out how the presence or absence of the a fada results in different words. Brendan Cahill corrects the newspaper  for its...

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Kudos and Comhghairdeas* to Duolingo’s Irish Language Volunteers

The Irish President (Uachtarán Na hEireann) Michael D. Higgins (Micheál D Ó hUigínn) (@PresidentIRL) has publicly recognized seven volunteers for their work in building up the Irish language (Gaeilge) version of the crowd-sourced, languagelearning social app Duolingo (@duolingo). This is first time I’ve read about a head of state doing something like this in the language space, although volunteerism is something...

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Things Are Looking Black For Boring Fridays Worldwide

“Sir, – Does Ireland have to still mimic everything the Americans do? We now have tiresome “Black Friday” retail promotions everywhere in Ireland.” A letter in the Irish Times of Friday, 25-November-2016 caught my eye. The correspondent explained what this “Black Friday” is, by way of her frustration: “The Black Friday retail tradition is, of course, the...

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XLIFF 2.1 open for public review

XLIFF Version 2.1 has reached an important milestone in its development. On October 14, the OASIS XLIFF TC members approved the first Committee Specification Draft and sent it immediately for the first public review. The OASIS Administration made the call for public comments on October 26, 2016. The first public review period will end on November 25, 2016. The...

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Live from LocWorld

The keynote at LocWorld32 just took place in Montreal, Canada, discussing how to engage customers profitably. “This,” said keynote speaker Donald Cooper of localization “is a huge growth industry. I can’t think of another industry that’s growing at 7% a year.” Cooper speaks internationally in 40 industries worldwide, offering advice on business growth and management....

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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 bring people around the world closer together. Our communication pings almost instantaneously around the world and auto-translation software is making the content of the internet accessible like never before. Yet there’s...

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Building professional relationships in Asia

It is true that the Northeast Asian countries, particularly Korea, China and Japan, share a lot in common. In fact, it could be argued that when it comes to business culture, Asian cultures in general have higher degree of similarity between one another than countries in the West. However, as a business person in Korea who...

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Running on Empty: The Irish Language Lesson from #LocWorld31

Another Localization World Dublin has come and gone. Again, running featured as an (unofficial) activity  for participants. Again, the expressed interest in doing so paled in terms of actual turnout. At least there is a pattern, a turnout of around 20% or so. We did have a couple of good runs though. This made me wonder about...

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