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Kiswahili Adds to Britain’s Rich Linguistic Tapestry

April 17, 2014 at 10:53 am 0 comments

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 0 comments

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

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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

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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

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New Book Highlights Borrowed English Words

April 8, 2014 at 2:23 pm 0 comments

If you have ever watched a foreign film, you may have been surprised to hear more than the odd English word coming through loud and clear as part of the dialogue. This is not really surprising, considering Britain’s imperial ambitions over the last 200 years. The reach of US cultureRead More

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Medics with Poor English Language Skills ‘Face Axe’

April 8, 2014 at 2:20 pm 0 comments

Doctors and nurses in the UK who cannot communicate clearly in English face being struck off under new regulations. Other health workers could also be given the boot if their language skills aren’t deemed to be up to scratch. It is part of a new draft Bill published by theRead More

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Native Languages in Most Commonwealth Countries Face Extinction

April 7, 2014 at 2:16 pm 0 comments

Indigenous languages are facing up to the very real prospect of extinction as the influence of English continues to spread worldwide. Recent UNESCO research, reported by BusinessDay, claims native tongues in most Commonwealth countries are under serious threat. Nigeria, where the population speaks more than 500 indigenous languages, is consideredRead More