Language learning tips that do not work

There are a lot of blogs out there instructing you on how to best learn, speak and understand a language. I’m here to tell you that a lot of these blogs are wrong!

Below are a few language learning myths that are floating around out there. For each one, I explain why these tips or simply myths that are not conducive to language fluency. (more…)

The most famous multilingual people in history

History is full of figures who knew more than one language. Let’s take a look at some famous historical polyglots.

The Most Famous Multilingual People in HistoryElizabeth I (September 7, 1533 – March 24, 1603)

Being royalty or a politician means getting a lot of benefit from knowing multiple languages. Someone in a position of power needs to be able to communicate fluently with many different officials and citizens. Now people in power have translation tools that can allow them to get by, but in the olden days? You had to fully rely on language proficiency to communicate. Maybe that’s why Elizabeth I (pictured above) knew seven different languages, English, Flemish, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Greek and French.

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Acronyms and common translation industry terms that may puzzle you

translation acronymsYou might think that an industry focused on translation to ensure effective communication would avoid using puzzling acronyms, abbreviations, terms and jargon.

Nevertheless, the fact is that when you discuss translation industry terms, you’ll encounter all of these — and it can be difficult to figure out what the latest bit of alphabet soup and word salad refers to.

This guide is for those of you who are not familiar with the jargon used in the translation industry should help you understand them a little better.

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Global B2B marketing: Top 3 reasons why translation is essential

As companies continually strive to expand into international markets, B2B marketing strategies also need to catch up and adapt. To achieve global success, organizations need to apply an approach that takes into account how different cultures will receive the marketing messages, and translation becomes a critical tool in its implementation.

Here are the top 3 reasons why translation is essential in any global B2B marketing campaign.

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7 questions to ask before your next B2B translation

business to business translationIf your goal is to expand your company beyond domestic or even international markets that predominantly speak English, you will realize how important it is for you communicate your message to your global market as accurately and as efficiently as you have been doing with your English-speaking customers.

You have probably recognized that B2B translation is now more of a necessity than a luxury if you want your future B2B marketing campaigns to be successful. Here are some factors to consider when choosing the right translation service for your business. (more…)

Taking the guess work out of translation rates

Fast - Cheap - GoodTo many clients, the way translators and translation agencies calculate their rates must seem akin to Black Magic: you’re supposed to fill out a web form to “get a free quote”, and if you’re lucky, before long, you’ll get a number back. 

How the translation agency arrived at that number often remains a mystery. Is there a logic to it, or did they simply multiply your zip code with the phase of the moon and divide it by Pi?

It’s no wonder many clients are put off by the lack of transparency when it comes to the rates for quality translations and rather try their luck with machine translation or a sketchy low-price service — with predictably sub-par results. (more…)

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