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6 Easy Rules to Speak Fluent Esperanto

6 Easy Rules to Speak Fluent Esperanto   The world of fictional – or constructed – languages today is dominated by mystical tongues woven into science fiction films and books. Dothraki from Game of Thrones, Klingon from Star Trek, and Elven from Lord of the Rings are some of the first constructs languages that come […]

This is How We Express Our Love in Uncommon Languages

This is How to Love in a Few of Our Favorite Uncommon Languages No matter the language, country, or culture, one of the most universal and powerful phrases you can say to express feelings to another person is also one of the most basic: “I love you.” It’s what lovers say after a romantic evening, […]

A Brief History of the Russian Language

A Brief History of the Russian Language   Russian is, frankly speaking, a behemoth of a language. While there are about 150,000 words in the Russian language used today, this number jumps up well into the millions thanks to complicated arrangements of case endings and declensions that change the meaning and position of words. Russian […]

4 Reasons Learning Languages is Good for Your Brain

4 Scientific Reasons Why Learning Languages is Good for Your Brain   It’s very difficult to estimate just exactly how many people speak a second, or third, language in the United States and even more so for the entire world. One of our biggest hurdles in finding this answer is how we ask the question. […]

Our 5 Favorite Star Wars Languages

Check Out Our 5 Favorite Languages from Star Wars Star Wars has been a behemoth of a film series, raking in well over $9 billion since the very first film came out in 1977. Since then, eight movies fitting into three incongruent trilogies, along with a prequel/sequel film and an anthology film, have been released, […]

4 Common Misconceptions About Sign Language

4 Common Misconceptions About Sign Language   The World Federation of the Deaf says there are more than 70 million people around the world that use sign language to communicate. But far from all speaking the same language, those who communicate by signing utilize vastly different forms of manual expression. Ethnologue has 142 distinct sign […]

Here’s Why Spanish is Such an Important Language

This is Why Spanish is so Important for Your International Success It’s common knowledge that English is the lingua franca of the international business world, of diplomacy and governance, of art and scientific research. But it’s also common knowledge that there are actually more native Spanish speakers than native English speakers. Spanish is a regional […]

Languages Are Dying and Here’s Why

How Languages Die   The history of spoken language is much more difficult to track than written language. The earliest written records are some 12,000 years old, but inevitably humans have been speaking or verbally communicating with each other for as long as 100,000 years. Since spoken languages leave no permanent record other than traditions […]

Translation or Localization: Which Do You Need?

How Do I Know Whether to Pick Translation or Localization? When first getting into the world of commercial translation, this can be a question that’s on the back of a lot of people’s minds: For my multilingual project, do I need Translation or Localization services? While the short answer is, Yes, you do, the long […]

5 Dos and Don’ts of Doing Business in India

5 Things to Watch Out for When Doing Business in India A former chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management and British economist Jim O’Neill proposed a thesis in 2001 that the “BRIC” countries could become the four most dominant economies in the world by 2050, based on population and economic trends and development. Two of […]

The Longest Words in These Languages Will Make Your Head Spin

Words So Long They Take Hours to Read What exactly is a word? This might seem like an odd or even obvious question, but it is an important one to ask when trying to figure out what the longest words in a language are. See, some languages inherently have the ability to create absurdly long […]

6 Things to Watch Out for When Doing Business in China

What You Need to Know Before Diving Into Chinese Markets The world is changing. Well, the world has always been changing, but for many Americans who have only recently begun to accept that China will soon take over as the largest economy, it seems the world is changing faster than ever. The United States still […]

Why Game of Thrones is the New Standard for Fictional Languages

Game of Thrones, Sci-Fi Fantasy, and the Key to Convincing “Conlangs” In the fictional and diverse lands of Westeros and Essos from George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Fire and Ice” book series and subsequent Emmy-winning HBO show “Game of Thrones”, more goes on behind the scenes for the complex web of cultures and […]

It Might Surprise You How Many Languages Are Alive Today

How many languages are alive today? We could make an educated guess and say that if each country speaks on average on unique language, throw in a couple of indigenous languages, and come up with a number around 500. This might seem like a pretty accurate number, but actually there are more languages spoken just […]

3 Important Lessons We Learn from the Minions Language

Three Important Lessons We Can Learn from the Minion Language Even if them and their films don’t quite fit with your age group, nearly everyone has most likely heard of the Minions. The both lovable and formidable yellow creatures first appeared in the Despicable Me film franchise when its first movie came out in 2010, […]

8 Ancient Languages Still Spoken Today

What Are the Oldest Living Languages? Why is this Difficult to Answer? Languages evolve just like living organisms. Across generations, over hundreds of years, and between different groups of people, they have experienced constant, little changes that branch out over the course of history to produce the complicated web we have today. It is hard […]

Why the History of French is Important for Localization

A language with almost 80 million native speakers and more than 150 million non-native speakers, spoken on all continents with numerous variations, regional dialects, accents, and hybrid languages across its massive population of speakers, the global language of culture and diplomacy until the end of the 19th century when English took over: French. While it […]

5 Differences Between American and British English

Although Americans and British can normally understand each other without much difficulty, most people know that there are some big differences between the two English dialects. In addition to accents and pronunciation, there are a number of grammar, spelling, and punctuation variations.

Is It a Language or Dialect?

What is the difference between a language and a dialect? This could be considered a trick question since in many cases languages and dialects are not categorized objectively. But it is an important question to ask when looking for a translation service for your web content, marketing campaigns, or email messages for foreign consumers.

7 Marketing Fails that Localization Could Have Averted

Some companies have had to learn the hard way about the down side to not using a proper localization service when expanding overseas. A good localization service can help big companies avoid embarrassing translations, failed ad campaigns due to cultural misunderstandings, or damaged sales performance. Transcreation and internationalization are also good tools for companies looking […]

3 Reasons ‘Post-Editing Machine Translation’ Is Not the Choice for You

We talked about machine translation in a previous blog post, but a more hybrid form of computer-assisted translation that some in the industry have been using is Post-Editing Machine Translation, or PEMT.

4 Reasons Literary Translation Is So Difficult

Most types of professional translation look to take content from one project and convert it directly into another language while keeping as much of the original language, precision, and voice as possible. This requires a set of technical that take years to fine-tune and develop. But literary translation is arguably one of the most difficult […]

A Few Things You Need to Know Before Localizing in Arabic

Why Should I Localize Arabic? If you’re asking yourself this question, then there’s a thing or two you n