In business today, few would doubt the importance of the internet to their bottom line. The decreasing price of high-speed bandwidth plus the constantly growing options of mobile internet access has translated to positive growth of internet revenue. According to the latest figures from the U.S. Census bureau, e-commerce accounts for $3.7 billion in shipments, … Continue reading "When simple translation isn’t enough"
New Mexico is home to me, as it’s where I spent most of my years growing up, and it’s always nice to be back here. However, when I first moved out here from the Bronx, you might say that there was an element of culture shock! For my linguistic brain, the language differences were often … Continue reading "Regional dialects in the American Southwest"
With the ever-increasing importance of translation software in the industry today, it is important to take a look at what these resources are for and how best to manage them. Specifically, let’s look at Terminology Databases. You may also have heard these referred to as glossaries or dictionaries, or by Trados MultiTerm as Term Bases. … Continue reading "The Dos and Don’ts of Terminology Databases"
By Celine Imbaud I’m sure we have all heard about some of the funny misunderstandings that can come from being an American in England or an Englishman in America. While we do share most aspects of our language, there are some in which we are truly divided by a common language. The first, and … Continue reading "English on both sides of the pond"
While the words in this title are good ways to end conversations, a ‘valediction’ is the official way to describe the end part of a letter, just above the signature. In fact, the word ‘valediction’ comes from the Latin ‘vale dicere’ meaning ‘to say farewell’. It is also referred to as a ‘complimentary close’. As … Continue reading "“So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, goodbye!”"
The globalization of business means that companies often have a need for employees who are proficient in a foreign language. Unscrupulous job candidates may sometimes exaggerate their foreign language skills, transforming familiarity of basic greetings into basic knowledge, or conversational language skills into high level proficiency. Just watch Catherine Tate in action, standing in as … Continue reading "Language Proficiency: Conversational Gibberish"