Translation

Requesting test translations

So you’re looking to purchase translations and onboard a new language service provider (LSP). Why not simply request a test translation from several suppliers and select the supplier whose translations you like the most? With the latest estimates indicating that there are more than 27,000 language service providers operating globally, language buyers are attracted to test...

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User Experience Takeaways: Still Hungry for Localization Change

Readers of MultiLingual magazine will know about the “Takeaway” section towards the back of the publication. It’s a kind of bully pulpit-meets-12 Step meeting “burning desire” platform, along the lines of U.S. public radio station KQED’s Perspectives program. I have written a few MultiLingual “Takeaways”, and made other contributions, on user experience-related topics that frankly do my...

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Social network, meet social translation, meet semi-homemade

The networking site Facebook has launched a crowdsourced application, Facebook Translations, that “allows people to suggest translations and vote alternatives up and down,” says Doug Caverly at WebProNews. Caverly commented that the site was not working as of December 28, but that more than 800 people were reportedly involved in translating the site into Spanish,...

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One Iraqi translator’s dilemma

From The Hill Timmy – an Iraq we should let in By David Keene December 18, 2007 There are immigrants and there are immigrants, and a wise nation distinguishes between those it wants to keep out and those it welcomes with open arms. Unfortunately, however, we Americans don’t seem to be much good at making...

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Iraqi translators have a friend in Oregon

The Checkpoint One Foundation was set up earlier this year to assist Iraqi and Afghan interpreters in coming to the United States—a process that can take months and up to $20,000 as well as dangerous travel. The foundation is named for the checkpoint leading in and out of the International Zone (Green Zone) in Baghdad—a...

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Happy Translators Day!

September 30, St. Jerome’s Day, was International Translation Day. Some of the translation companies and associations that celebrate the occasion scheduled their programs for today — the European Translation Center (EKEMEL) meeting on “Translating Europe” in Athens, Greece, for one, and a series of “powwows” arranged by members of ProZ.com. “Translation is a risky business,”...

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Iraq: It only gets worse for translators

From The Times today (September 14): Get out or die, security force chief tells interpreters for British Army Reported by Martin Fletcher in Baghdad Iraqi interpreters working for the British Army have been advised to leave Basra or be killed. The warning was issued by a leading member of the city’s security forces after militiamen...

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