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What is Fintech?

[fa icon="calendar'] December 11, 2018 / by Margarita Núñez posted in Software Localization

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With the technical boom has come a plethora of complex terms and jargon that make it difficult to follow the latest trends. For the financial industry, one of the most critical concepts is Fintech. Trying to get an answer to the question “What is Fintech?” can result in a range of convoluted and complex descriptions that don’t actually help you understand what it is, let alone what you need to know to make the most of it in the changing financial realm.

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5 Tips on Japanese Translation

[fa icon="calendar'] November 9, 2018 / by Vinodh Nedyavila

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“Kampai!” celebrates a group of Japanese businesspeople after a taxing workday. “Kampai” is “Cheers” in Japanese. However, its literal meaning translates to “dry glass”, “(kan-乾)” meaning “dry” and “(pai-杯)” meaning “glass”.  Japanese culture is quite intricate and has been gracefully weaved into the Japanese language.

Japanese communication and marketing styles are unique. Japanese tend to prefer passive communication over aggressive communication, and that can affect the tone of marketing messages. Communicating passively may involve conveying thoughts indirectly or using a certain tone of politeness (Japanese has three, perhaps more). Some thoughts are much more easily (and beautifully) articulated in Japanese, while others are not. Translation into Japanese can be tricky – immerse yourself in helpful tips on Japanese translation below.

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A Day in the Life of a Localization Translator

[fa icon="calendar'] October 29, 2018 / by Mathilde L'Hévéder posted in Translation Services

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The term localization, defined as “the process of adapting a product (such as a software program, website etc.) to the language and culture of a particular region” in TERMIUM Plus®, appeared with the creation of the first computers. As the world becomes more and more digitalized, needs for localization and qualified localization translators keep growing. The process generally goes further than a “basic” translation and requires a specific set of skills from the linguist.

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Do you “Google Translate”?

[fa icon="calendar'] October 17, 2018 / by Alexandre Rallo posted in Localization Technology, Translation Services

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For many people, their first exposure to Machine Translation (MT) came through Google’s automated engine. For years, Google Translate has been at the forefront of free, widely available machine translation technology. It also has a reputation. Some will (perhaps justifiably) say the results are never good enough for publication. Others, after comparing throughputs from different engines, will conclude that Google’s is among the most efficient machine translation engine. In the world of machine translation, however, efficiency does not equate to publishable quality. If you have content requiring translation and are wondering whether machine translation is suitable, this blog will help you discover which approach to machine translation would best fit your needs.

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Increase your UX in eLearning by Avoiding these 3 Pitfalls

[fa icon="calendar'] August 27, 2018 / by Luma Mendes posted in Software Localization

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Technological advances and a significant improvement in the delivery of reliable internet to millions of homes have created a better eLearning service for students and a more positive user experience (UX), i.e. how a person interacts and experiences a product.

However, despite these advances, there are a few pitfalls that eLearning companies should avoid.

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5 Linguistic Tips for Website Translation

[fa icon="calendar'] August 21, 2018 / by Vinodh Nedyavila posted in Website Translation

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In our previous blog highlighting 5 Technical Tips for Website Translation, we shared the following facts about the impact website translation can have on any globalizing business:

  • Over 3 billion Internet users do not speak English
  • 50% of all online commerce is conducted in languages other than English
  • Internet users are four times more likely to buy products from websites in their own languages

While on a technical level there are several best practices for website translation, there are also several linguistic tactics that can help. Discover 5 linguistic tips for website translation below.

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Market favors eLearning Education

[fa icon="calendar'] August 13, 2018 / by Luma Mendes posted in Translation Services

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I must admit that I'm not the biggest fan of distance courses because I like the feeling of sitting in a classroom - even those where the desks are not so comfortable! I feel pleasure in being in a classroom, seeing the students side by side, whispering softly to each other so as not to disturb the teacher. However, despite being a huge fan of the traditional classes, I have become an even bigger fan of eLearning courses.

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5 Technical Tips for Website Translation

[fa icon="calendar'] August 6, 2018 / by Vinodh Nedyavila posted in Website Translation

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Websites are now key to driving business growth and reaching global audiences. Companies expanding into global markets need to think about customers who do not understand English and/or search for information online in other languages. Website translation can help such companies gain an edge over competition, partly due to the following:

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Humongous and Abstruse Language Renders Medical Translations Perplexing

[fa icon="calendar'] July 27, 2018 / by Adam Jones posted in Medical Translation

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People often ask me, "Is it important that translators have a medical background to translate life science content?" I always answer with a resounding, "Yes!" No content requires more specialization than medical. It is often insufficient to have only a "medical" background, but necessary to have more in-depth knowledge of cardiovascular, orthopedics, pharmaceuticals, or another specialty.

While the knowledge of specialized terminology is vital for translation success, its overuse is one of the greatest pitfalls for patient communications.

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Video Subtitling or Captioning?

[fa icon="calendar'] July 17, 2018 / by Niall Curran posted in Website Translation

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What is the difference between subtitles and captions? Well they are almost the same. In essence, they are both text derived from the spoken audio or commentary in videos.

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