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The Challenges of Translating for African Audiences

April 24, 2014 at 3:45 pm 0 comments

No other continent is as proud, passionate and diverse as Africa. But The Dark Continent also brings distinctive challenges too. This is particularly apparent in the translation business, worth an estimated £35 billion dollars (£20.8 billion) worldwide every year. Things have changed rapidly there. It has traditionally been a simpleRead More

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The Pitfalls of Quotation Translations

April 23, 2014 at 4:32 pm 0 comments

The aim of translation is usually to communicate, clarify and illuminate. However, the complex and nuanced nature of language means just the opposite can sometimes occur. The internet is littered with poorly translated signs that leave readers baffled and amused. Foreign visitors to this Spanish bank may be left scratchingRead More


Translators Set to Benefit from European Business Growth

April 22, 2014 at 4:35 pm 0 comments

2014 might be a good year to be in the translation business. Things are starting to look up for small and medium-sized firms across Europe. With improving sentiment comes the prospect of economic growth. This means big business for translation companies, as all aspect of services provided must be comprehensiveRead More

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Kiswahili Adds to Britain’s Rich Linguistic Tapestry

April 17, 2014 at 10:53 am 1 comment

The rich tapestry of approximately 500 languages spoken in Britain includes two intriguing tongues originating from East Africa – Kiswahili and Kikuyu. Both are spoken in London, where more than 100 languages contribute to the fascinating diversity of life in the English capital. Around three-quarters of Londoners (76%) speak English, butRead More

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Spending on UK Court Interpreters Doubles

April 14, 2014 at 3:21 pm 1 comment

The cost of foreign language translators in UK courts almost doubled in a year, according to the country’s government. A total of £15,537,821 was paid out in interpreter bills for HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) interpreters last year. This is up from £7,940,128 in 2012, Justice Minister Shailesh VaraRead More

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Babies are Born With a Fundamental Knowledge of Language

April 14, 2014 at 11:13 am 0 comments

Esperanto is currently spoken by up to two million people worldwide. But Ludwik Zamenhof’s 19th-century utopian vision of a common world language never caught on as he had hoped. Zamenhof would be gratified beyond the grave to hear that researchers now believe we all share the same linguistic traits andRead More


Facilities for Your Private Parts: Beijing Hotel Brochure Gets Lost in Translation

April 11, 2014 at 11:55 am 0 comments

At TranslateMedia, we always advise clients to avoid the use of machine translation for their professional, client-facing communications such as their advertising campaigns, websites or brochures. While machine translation tools are excellent for those of us who are unable to speak a certain language and need to get the gistRead More

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eBay Encourages UK Businesses to Sell Cross-Border

April 10, 2014 at 3:10 pm 0 comments

A simple, low-cost platform that reaches more than 128 million global shoppers 24/7 translates into a “must-use” marketplace in anybody’s language. Now, eBay is set to capitalise on its popularity by offering selected UK customers free selling to four of its international websites from this week. The hand-picked 14,000 usersRead More

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TranslateMedia Named a Red Herring Europe 100 Winner

April 10, 2014 at 2:44 pm 0 comments

Amsterdam, Netherlands – Red Herring announced its Top 100 award winners today, recognising Europe’s leading private companies and celebrating these startups’ innovations and technologies across their respective industries. Red Herring’s Top 100 Europe list has become a mark of distinction for identifying promising new companies and entrepreneurs. Red Herring’s editorsRead More


Translation Reveals ‘First-Ever’ Weather Report

April 9, 2014 at 2:31 pm 0 comments

What is believed to be possibly the world’s first weather report has been translated from an ancient Egyptian slab. Scholars at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute found a 3,500-year-old inscription on a shattered stone block in Thebes, modern Luxor, telling of a “tempest of rain”. They think a hugeRead More