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Localisation vs. Translation – what’s the difference?

Sep

13

2016

Localisation vs. Translation – what’s the difference?

  Website translation and localisation are often used so interchangeably, that the line between the two became somewhat blurred out for many. What’s even worse, many marketers and other professionals believe that the translation and localisation processes are exactly the same. While both of the processes, to an extent, share some similarities, it is essential […]

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Jun

28

2016

Are You Communicating Effectively With Your Target Market Overseas?

  The internet is opening cross-border trading at an exponential rate. Yet problems arising from a neglect to acknowledge subtle differences in language and culture have detrimental consequences for international traders. There is a case in point that international audiences enthusiastically embrace brands and products they consider exotic or will give them bragging rights. But […]

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How to increase your chances when contacting translation agencies

Jun

09

2016

How to increase your chances when contacting translation agencies

  Before joining the team at Translation Services 24 as a project manager, I have worked as a professional translator for many, many years. Today, I am fortunate enough to be able to interact with other such professionals on daily basis, now sitting on the other side of the table. Almost every day our agency […]

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Why You Need Translated Subtitles in Your Video Ads

May

27

2016

Why You Need Translated Subtitles in Your Video Ads

Video marketing stats are going through the roof. Ad revenues from promotional videos are expected to hit around $5bn this year according to BI Intelligence. Yet marketers are making one fundamental mistake: They are not including subtitles in video ads. The production of promotional videos is gaining traction year-on-year. Ranked among the fastest growing industries […]

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6 Digital Marketing Tips for Freelance Translators

May

13

2016

6 Digital Marketing Tips for Freelance Translators

  Some things simply never change; and so whether you’re just a rookie translator at the beginning of your great language journey, or an experienced old-timer with years of translating behind your belt, in order to get potential clients, you’ll have to approach them and market yourself to agencies. I’ve been working for Translation Services UK […]

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Why You Need a Specialist Translator for Medical Documents

Apr

20

2016

Why You Need a Specialist Translator for Medical Documents

  With over 244 million international migrants living around the world today, there is a growing need for certified translation services and medical records to be translated. It is important that health care professionals communicate effectively in order to treat patients. Medical workers that speak a different language to their patients are at risk of […]

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Will Translation Machines Replace Linguists?

Mar

15

2016

Will Translation Machines Replace Linguists?

There is no doubt technology has changed our lives and careers. And the development of machine learning technologies has the capacity to continue improving how we live. But could the development of machine learning (ML) come at the expense of human labour? The vast community of global translators can already feel digital breath on the […]

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Is Being Proficient In Two Languages Enough To Do Legal Translations?

Mar

03

2016

Is Being Proficient In Two Languages Enough To Do Legal Translations?

  The world of translation is very complex and involves numerous skills. It is not only about taking text written in one language and transferring it into another. It goes beyond that. So being proficient in two languages is not enough for specialised translations, and this includes legal translations. The translation of legal documents is […]

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Is translating marketing material essential?

Feb

24

2016

Is translating marketing material essential?

Marketing and Translation – What are the challenges? If you want your business to succeed, it is crucial that your product or service is made known to potential customers or buyers, and one of the most effective ways to achieve this is by having an excellent marketing strategy. The term marketing refers to different activities […]

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Is Technology Replacing Translators?

Feb

19

2016

Is Technology Replacing Translators?

How technology affects the translation industry Over the past years, the demand for translations services has increased considerably. Business globalisation can be considered the main reason behind this phenomenon, as it has increased the opportunities for international trade and opened new markets for many different types of businesses on every corner of the world. In […]

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MEP’s Told to Stop Speaking English in European Parliament

Feb

16

2016

MEP’s Told to Stop Speaking English in European Parliament

English has become the default language for business and statesman. But that didn’t stop the speaker of the European Parliament telling multi-lingual politicians to stick to their mother tongues. There are 24 official languages spoken in the European Parliament, but the majority of Members opt to switch to English as it is the most widely […]

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6 New Year’s Resolutions of a Translator

Jan

14

2016

6 New Year’s Resolutions of a Translator

As we now see all the pretty lights and tinsels being taken down from trees and houses, we finally come to realise that the festive season is over for good. While it’s getting colder every day, the good old days when we just wore our pyjamas all day long, drank hot chocolate and watched ‘Home […]

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6 things that get on a translator’s nerves

Nov

27

2015

6 things that get on a translator’s nerves

We, translators, like to consider ourselves an easy going bunch. Each of us coming from a different background, country and experiences found that translating is perhaps the only job we see ourselves doing and actually enjoying. Although majority of us feels like giving up at least once a day, are sleep deprived and pretty much […]

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How can translation services help your business to expand internationally?

Oct

01

2015

How can translation services help your business to expand internationally?

When running a small and medium-sized business, the opportunities for growth and expansion are almost limitless. A carefully planned approach to development can bring some astonishing results in the long term. In fact, due to technological advances such as fast internet available even in the poorer areas of the world, it is now easier for […]

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The evolution of translator’s desk

Sep

24

2015

The evolution of translator’s desk

As translators, each and every one of us loves the fact that we are able to work from the comfort of our own home, pretty much everyday. We all have that special corner where the ‘magic’ happens. Although we don’t think about it much, can you imagine (remember) what the life of a translator looked […]

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5 Funny Google translate results

Aug

18

2015

5 Funny Google translate results

  We all know it – machine translations will never be able to replace human translators. They are however extremely generous when it comes to giving us a reason to giggle. Below, you can find 10 of the funniest results from Google Translate that will put a smile on your face!   1.       Flanders Is […]

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5 Things you should NEVER say to a translator

Jul

16

2015

5 Things you should NEVER say to a translator

We all know that poking a lion with a stick isn’t the best of ideas. Similarly, saying certain things to a professional translator can also be extremely dangerous and can result in serious trauma, injuries or even being cursed in an unfamiliar language.  In order to protect you from those types of unpleasant situations, here are 5 […]

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Jun

29

2015

Machine Translation Systems Can’t Replace Me

The machine translation industry is advancing at a quick rate, yet such innovations never fail to fall short of criticism. The idea of having effective machine translations are proving to be an attractive prospect to some. But for a translator like myself, this idea isn’t as favourable. There is no doubt that machine translation technologies […]

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6 things you should know before dating a translator

May

19

2015

6 things you should know before dating a translator

We judge             Going out on a romantic date to an Italian restaurant? Prepare yourself. As professional translators, we will go through the menu at least a couple of times, making you think we’re looking for something delicious to eat, but in fact – the truth is a little bit […]

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Apr

30

2015

Working as a Translator-Why I love my job

There will be people who might look at this title and question what I love about working as a translator. I can imagine hearing the usual “isn’t your job repetitive”, “do you ever leave your house” or “do you have a social life” Yes, these are some of the negative aspects of working as a […]

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Apr

09

2015

Do you REALLY need professional translation services?

High quality, accurate translation and localisation of marketing material, such as websites is perhaps one of the most important and vital measures a business must take in order to successfully reach and obtain new customers in foreign markets. In today’s globalised world, where internet rules our lives, both professional and personal, and where over 20% people […]

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Apr

02

2015

Translation; the different approaches

The process of converting written communication from one language to another whilst maintaining the original message in the source file is commonly referred to as translation. Translation agencies are in demand today due to increased globalization. Growth in cross cultural communication aided by effective translation has essentially brought the world much closer. Multilingual websites catering to […]

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Languages of the future in business and the translation industry

Mar

27

2015

Languages of the future in business and the translation industry

For years, the English language was sufficient enough to get you around in the world of business. Today however, it is estimated that half of the world’s population is bilingual pushing language trends in business in a new direction. These trends are very much determined by shifts in society, because a language which is in […]

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Mar

19

2015

Languages of the future & their destinations

Does establishing the languages of the future implies simply listing the world’s most spoken languages? The answer would be yes and no. Having a first-hand experience working for a translation agency, I would say yes, for the reason that a language which is widely spoken suggests that it is valuable in many aspects such as […]

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Mar

10

2015

Culture of India

  With 28 states and 7 union territories, 325 languages with 1,652 dialects and with 18 official languages, India is a country as diverse as the vast species of flora and fauna existing on earth today. Though the culture in India varies from state to state and region to region, few common traits inherent in […]

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Feb

27

2015

Culture and Communication

Culture and communication is by far one of the most talked about features in translating languages. Language can tell a lot about a person and how they communicate to others. It is often a tendency in many people to judge others by their own standards, from their own viewpoint and perspective. Communication can therefore be […]

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Feb

12

2015

Advanced Technology Equals Advanced Translation Services

To date, the technologies industry is growing faster than it has ever done in previous years. Think about phones. While the landline version took 137 years to reach 1.14 billion users, the mobile phone took only 30 years to reach more than 6 billion users, and not too out of topic, Facebook only needed 8 […]

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Feb

06

2015

Building up Translation Services: Why English rules the World

The supremacy of English in science, culture and politics is overwhelming. There are many reasons for this dominance – for instance the tolerance of the speakers. Lucky for our world. In the Musical “My Fair Lady” Professor Henry Higgings indignantly talks about the “cold blooded murder of the english language”. The culprits are the Scots, […]

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Jan

30

2015

The Role of Translation Services in Today’s International Market

International companies derive two-thirds of their revenue from foreign markets, which is why skilled translation services have never been more important to international business than they are today English is often referred to as the international language of the business world, but many companies are unwilling to give up their native languages for business purposes. […]

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Jan

23

2015

The giant of Africa

Nigeria, or “the giant of Africa”, with its 170.123.740 people, is the most populated nation in Africa. Working and doing business here might not be as easy as it could be in less populated countries Malta or Aruba. After being colonized by the British and gaining its independence in the 60’s, the country has been […]

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Jan

16

2015

An Insight into the Polish culture

Polish culture is full of rich history and traditions . The following article highlights the main aspects of the polish culture. If you need any furture advice on polish culture or would like to use our Polish translation services then do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Polish people are much more straightforward […]

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Jan

14

2015

The Role of Translation Services in Today’s International Market

International companies derive two-thirds of their revenue from foreign markets, which is why skilled translation services have never been more important to international business than they are today. English is often referred to as the international language of the business world, but many companies are unwilling to give up their native languages for business purposes. […]

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Jan

06

2015

From Wearable to Digestible Technology

If you think the idea of wearable technology is still hard to swallow, well, you might find yourself actually swallowing one of them in the near future, literally. Weeks ago the buzz and fuss was on the Google Glass, health monitoring wristbands and such. What we missed out on was a very different offering from […]

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Dec

23

2014

The Importance of Speaking the Local Language When Abroad

If you plan to go abroad, or if you have been abroad before, then you’ll understand the importance of trying to speak the local language. You may find that there are many English speaking residents at your place of stay; especially if you are going to a highly populated tourist area this doesn’t mean that […]

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Dec

17

2014

What Defines Social Networking on Facebook?

Whether it’s new friends and acquaintances or school mates we have not seen in the past ten years, the phrase ‘add me on Facebook’ is most likely to come about sometime during that meeting. Any intention of such an invitation really only translate to one thing: to keep in touch. But now, available in so […]

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Dec

12

2014

ONE-SIDED LANGUAGE CHALLENGE

By Marissa Tejada In Greece, simple conversations for a language lover like me can be, well, frustrating. Take this example. “Mia pizza sketi, para kalo.” I order in Greek, eyeing a plain pizza slice. “This one,” confirms the Greek man, in English, standing behind the counter. “The chicken is good too.” “Ti sketi, protimo,” I […]

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Dec

09

2014

TRANSLATION BLOOPERS

What do you think would happen if one of the world’s largest drink companies made a huge blooper with one of their slogans? Well this is exactly what happened with Pepsi back in the 1960s. Pepsi which is under the umbrella company PepsiCo is said to be one of the first American companies to enter […]

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May

16

2013

LITTLE ITALIAN BOOT

While many companies worldwide are planning or have already launched a brand new range of organic and eco-friendly products the Italian boot introduces its best: -cooking, is now perceived in an always more keen interest in organic food. The Italian business has always striven to  provide healthy yet original and tasty food. -fashion and design. Both of […]

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