14 Sep 2016

CNN’s Adventures in Africa

US-based cable and news broadcaster CNN is constantly on the lookout for ways to engage new audiences. The broadcaster’s been experimenting on Snapchat as it seeks out the notoriously hard-to-reach Centennial generation. Now CNN is venturing into the African continent […]

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26 Aug 2014

Is Africa the Next Big Market for Translation?

Africa is a linguistically diverse continent, playing host to thousands upon thousands of languages. In fact, the exact amount is unknown as there are so many to keep track of. Various estimations place the total at somewhere between 1,500 and […]

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24 Apr 2014

The Challenges of Translating for African Audiences

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 […]

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17 Apr 2014

Kiswahili Adds to Britain’s Rich Linguistic Tapestry

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 […]

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25 Mar 2014

Gambia to drop English as national language

The president of Gambia is looking to shift the country’s official language from English, calling it a “colonial relic”. Yahya Jammeh said that “we no longer subscribe to the belief that for you to be a government you should speak […]

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31 Dec 2013

Translation in 2013: Our Most-Read Stories

A major Coca-Cola translation blunder, the history of swearing and a lad who learnt 22 languages in a matter of weeks – it’s been a big year for translation news. Here we take a look at the translation stories that […]

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18 Dec 2013

Food Sellers in Sudan “Invent” the Gigabyte Sandwich

Making a Purse Out of a Sow’s Ear Reading an article on the BBC website recently made me start to think about the fluidity of language. The rather tragic piece highlights the attempts by some food sellers in the Sudan […]

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13 Dec 2013

Mandela Memorial Service Sign Language Interpreter Explains:

An intepreter on the Jimmy Kimmel show translates his sign language The infamous sign language interpreter from Nelson Mandela’s funeral, Thamsanqa Jantjie, has claimed that he suffered from a schizophrenic attack that caused him to translate incorrectly and that he […]

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11 Dec 2013

Google Translate Adds Nine New Languages

Google Translate has announced that it will add a further nine languages to its service, taking the total number of languages over 80. Most of the new languages that are being introduced are spoken in Asia or Sub-Saharan Africa. The […]

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05 Nov 2013

Swahili Set to Become Official Language of East Africa

Swahili is set to become the official language of five major countries in East Africa as part of an effort to improve business and community links in the region. The East African Community, the intergovernmental organisation representing Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, […]

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