Tag: translation

How COVID-19 is Reshaping Translation & Interpretation

COVID-19 has changed the world irrevocably, forcing the translation and interpretation industry to rapidly adopt digital technology and tools to reduce the disruption of day-to-day operations.  Since early March, multinational corporations and international associations have had to turn global, face-to-face events into online video conferences. While frontline workers are undoubtedly the heroes of this crisis, interpreters have been essential to the...

Google Limits Advertising to 49 Languages

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Starting in November 2020, Google will not allow new websites and apps to use Google Ads, if the site is not in one of its 49 supported languages, over half of which are European. Then, starting April 2021, even websites and apps which were previously approved, but are not in one of the supported languages, will not be able...

International Translation Day

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In 2017, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 71/288 on the role of language professionals in connecting nations and fostering peace, understanding and development, and declared 30 September as International Translation Day. This is an opportunity to pay tribute to the work of language professionals and their role in bringing nations together, facilitating dialogue, understanding and cooperation, contributing to development,...

COVID Translation Initiative Takes Off

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Translators without Borders (TWB) has joined the Translation Initiative for COVID-19 (TICO-19). TICO-19 is focused on using language technology to make COVID-19 information available in as many languages as possible. TICO-19 includes translators, technologists, and researchers from TWB, Amazon, Appen, Carnegie Mellon University, Facebook, Google, John Hopkins University, Microsoft, and Translated, who are working together to develop efficient and...

Languages ‘Critical’ to U.S. Employers

A new survey, released today, calls attention to the serious foreign language skills gap in the U.S. workforce. The report, “Making Languages Our Business: Addressing Foreign Language Demand Among U.S. Employers,” shows the critical demand in the U.S. economy for multilingual employees, providing the most comprehensive look at the value of foreign language to date. Demand for language skills in the U.S. workforce...

‘UNConference’ Highlights Professionalism of Language Contractors

The Association of Language Companies (ALC) will be hosting its annual UNConference January 17-19, in Huntington Beach, California. While this gathering of the brightest minds and leaders in the language service industry always sparks meaningful conversation and idea-sharing, this year’s UNConference features a special focus on the worker classification issue, an issue that has the potential to have profound effects on the industry and...

My Linguistic Career

Nataly Kelly looks at full-time and freelance opportunities for world languages teachers in translation and interpreting Translation and interpreting offer two distinct career paths with ample opportunities for linguists to put their skills to use in exciting areas. From video game localization to interpreting for astronauts in outer space, from translating Harry Potter books to accompanying heads of state on diplomatic...

Pope Calls for Lord’s Prayer Translation Change

Pope Francis has suggested that a key phrase in the English translation of the Lord's Prayer (Pater Noster) be changed to better match the intention of the Latin Vulgate, a 4th-Century Latin translation of the Bible, which had already been translated from ancient Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic. On Italian TV, the Pope said that "lead us not into temptation" was...

Could the language barrier actually fall within the next 10 years?

David Arbesú, University of South Florida Wouldn’t it be wonderful to travel to a foreign country without having to worry about the nuisance of communicating in a different language? In a Wall Street Journal article, technology policy expert Alec Ross argued that, within a decade or so, we’ll be able to communicate with one another via small earpieces with built-in microphones. No...

BBC Launches Japanese Site

The BBC, the UK’s national news organization, launched a Japanese site, which becomes its first dedicated non-English news website and helps extend its fledgling global advertising network. Accessible via BBC.jp, it features selected content from BBC.com and the organization’s global news service, which is translated into Japanese. Much of the BBC’s operations is funded by the license fee, a mandatory charge that UK citizens pay to...
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