Translation

Featuring translators into the new year

Translation, of course, is the life blood of global commerce and what we do. We acknowledge it, but don't always actually feature translators when we talk about globalization. However, Move the World with Words, a coffee table book featuring translators from around the world is out from Smartling, and I like that they've chosen to showcase these linguists in their brand strategy both online and offline.

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Academic translation considerations

Is it better to compose in my native language and have my work translated, or to write in English and hire an academic editor? With many international academic journals publishing articles only in English, scholars who are most comfortable working and writing in a different language face particular challenges when they are ready to share their work.

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The perfume of bad translation, part 2

Apparently my new favorite hobby on small airlines is to read their in-flight shopping catalogues — specifically what appear to be their worst and most amusing translations. I discovered this pastime a year ago, as some of you may remember. In this case, I was flying Aegean with a flightload of Greeks, nearly all of whom were engaged in loud conversation with someone behind them or across the aisle.

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