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Translation

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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Translators: Numbers from Iraq

Five thousand. Or is it seven thousand? That’s how many Iraqi translators/interpreters work for the US military forces in Iraq, directly or more likely through private contractors. “It is hard to get an exact figure for how many Iraqis work as translators for U.S. military and reconstruction teams,” says a recent Reuters report. “Most work...

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Is there an interpreter in the house?

Translation and interpreting have been hitting the news lately, and not always in a good way. In particular, finding interpreters for defendants, crime victims and medical patients is an issue in several recent cases. The court in Montgomery County, Maryland, say they searched for three years and finally found an interpreter who speaks Vai, but...

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Bilingual document to the rescue

Ian Austen reports in The New York Times (“The Comma That Costs 1 Million Dollars (Canadian)” published on October 25, 2006) that a comma in the terms of a phone company contract with Rogers Communications of Toronto, Canada’s largest cable television provider, is worth a million Canadian dollars ($888,000). But the French version may settle...

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The language that keeps on expanding

Thanks to The Week for bringing to wider attention this item from The Times (London): The Internet “has changed English more rapidly than any invention since paper,” said Ben MacIntyre in the London Times. Literally thousands of new words are invented every month, most of them on the Web, and most by non-native speakers. Hybrid...

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Is resistance futile? Or can we go Globish?

News reports from Iran say that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered governmental agencies, newspapers and publications to use modified Persian words instead of English terms such as pizza and chat. The emphasis is on words slipping in from English, French and other European languages, but Persian has many more loan words from Arabic.  An online...

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Bengal Bill

The Bengal Observer reports that Bill Clinton’s My Life is being published today in Bengali, the language of Bangladesh. Interestingly the report says: The book has created sensation in the world recently. The book is the first ever Bengali translation in the country but also in this sub-continent. The noted scholars and personalities responsible for...

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India to ramp up multilingual BPO services?

Sister site Blogalization reports an intriguing story about the potential for multilingual (i.e. other than English) skills in Indian outsourcing centers, covering translation and interpretation work among other opportunities. India’s National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) is “organising a national level seminar in Bangalore to offer a platform to the companies offering multi-lingual...

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