Travel and Culture

Wearabletech: Gucci Translate Anyone?

This innovation from IconSpeak caught my eye recently, though not the attention of my credit card. It’s a t-shirt printed with icons that enables global travellers to communicate by pointing to the icons, doing away with the need for those so-so translation apps and clunky phrase books into the bargain. The icons themselves are said to be...

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Localization Immaturity Model: Are We There Yet?

The reality of the “gig economy”. Incessant talk about “Millennials“. Language startups and their hoody culture. Is there no end to being made feel “old” these days? As I look around me at those new faces I see at industry conferences and compare it with my Twitter “Following” list, I wonder if I might be “old”? Could I...

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The Advent of Finnish Emojis: Happy Holidays, Headbangers

The Finnish government has released its own set of emojis (絵文字) that capture just what it means to be so Finnish. Reflecting the season that’s in it, you can view these emojis advent-calendar style on the web. The emojis’ release was covered by National Public Radio’s (NPR) All Tech Considered radio program from the U.S. It’s worth listening to. These emojis...

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It’s all relative

What is wrong with the following sentence (other than the obvious heartbreak): “The thing is, is John just doesn’t love me anymore” ? It’s the fake relative pronoun. A relative pronoun, obviously, is a word that begins a relative clause. In the sentence just previous to this one, the word is “that;” essentially, this pronoun...

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Love by any other name

A rose by any other name would be as sweet, Shakespeare tells us, but not everyone agrees. An NY Times article sent in by an alert reader tells a different tale: words in other languages just may not mean as much to everyone.  As someone who generally feels at ease in cultures not my own,...

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iPhone’s Pic Translator translates for you

A new application for the iPhone allows you to take a picture of some text and then translate it. Not only that, with text-to-speech technology, it will pronounce the text as well. With translation capability from English into 16 languages and pronunciation in FIGS plus Portuguese, the Pic Translator seems aimed at the monolingual American...

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Aberdeen group contrasts Best-in-Class with “Laggards”

If you’re interested in getting a copy of the Aberdeen group’s recent “Documentation Goes Global” report (at the price of an e-mail address), click here. When asked what the most significant finding of the report was, research director Chad Jackson said: “I think the growth in localization spend is alarming. In the past five years,...

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