In the Chinese calendar, today marks a significant date. As well as being International Translation Day, this year 30 September is the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar. On this day Chinese and Vietnamese people traditionally celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival (simplified Chinese: 中秋节; traditional Chinese: 中秋節), one of the most important holidays in the Chinese calendar.
Continue reading “Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival: mooncakes, lanterns and rabbits”
Or 跨文化交际. Or Interkulturelle Kommunikation.
In other words, translation as “Intercultural Communication” is the theme of International Translation Day this Sunday, 30 September 2012. And we have produced a free e-card for you to download as a PDF or share online.
Continue reading “International Translation Day 2012: free e-card to celebrate”
Three quarters of internet users don’t speak English as their first language.
That’s the picture according to “best guess” statistics from Internet World Stats (see “Crunching the stats” below). This means a vast amount of potential traffic is being ignored by many site admins and developers.
But how do you get to grips with the “other” three quarters of the planet, and which languages should you choose?
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Continue reading “Website translation: choosing languages to go world-wide”
Google Translate has inadvertently strayed into the political choppy waters with an inaccurate translation.
Anyone who uses the site knows that Google translations can sometimes be imprecise or hard to understand. Senior figures at Google itself recognise this, as I have discussed before: Google: “Translations aren’t perfect”
But it is even worse when the translation is the complete opposite of the intended meaning.
Continue reading “Don’t be erroneous: Google Translate’s geopolitical blooper”
An introductory tour of Chinese characters by WorldAccent translation project manager, Sally Ly
Chinese characters are also known as Han characters, named after the Han Dynasty when it evolved. Today, the Han script is the dominant script of the Chinese language, and still resonates in other traditional East Asian scripts such as the Japanese Kanji and the Korean Hanja.
Continue reading “Chinese characters: an introduction to the world’s biggest language”
Great news for both the UK economy and those of us who spend our days providing translation – or, more loftily, helping global communication. Britain’s trade gap with the rest of the world narrowed more than expected in July, driven by record exports to countries outside the European Union, reports the Telegraph (Good News Britain: UK trade deficit narrows in July)
In fact, July is the third month in a row that exports to countries outside the EU has been higher than exports to eurozone countries. Continue reading “UK export advice: how to sell more abroad”
Flag icons are a bad choice for language navigation within websites. We explain why, and look at some better options, in the first of our series on multilingual website design.
The internet has allowed an explosion in multilingual communication. Previously companies or organisations had to produce printed publications in a limited range of languages and physically get the right language version in the right place. Now a website can easily be translated into several languages, preferably by a professional translator of course.
But what is the best way to show site users how to switch between languages? Continue reading “Why flags founder for multilingual website navigation”
A 4min video tells translators it may be time to celebrate the proliferation of machine translations:
“Far from putting translators out of a job, it will support the extension of translation as a major profession and a central part of global civilisation.”
Continue reading “Dr. Bellos or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Machine Translation”
“The Olympics should be for Britain what Usain Bolt is for athletics – something that grabs the attention of the whole world and refuses to let it go,”
So says the culture secretary Jeremy Hunt announcing a Government push to attract tourists, particularly from mainland China.
Some £8m will be targeted at the Chinese market, with the aim of trebling the number of Chinese visitors to the UK. Currently France and Germany prove more attractive to the burgeoning ranks of the Chinese middle class.
Continue reading “Great for Chinese tourists”
The opening ceremony of the London Olympics held many surprises, not least the “Queen” parachuting in. But one surprise that had some Londoners scratching their heads was the official announcements being made first in French and only then in English.
Continue reading “Les Jeux Olympiques de Londres ?”