The Politics, Psychology and Art of Scripts

The history of how scripts and alphabets emerge, evolve and disappear through history, is built on the changing tides of commerce, cultural dominance and religion. Two generations of a people who do not write their language in its original script will render that script endangered, and very nearly dead. Inspired by Omniglot.com (an online encyclopedia… Read More The Politics, Psychology and Art of Scripts

Culturalization: the Heart of Communication

There are experts employed by global companies like Microsoft, whose job descriptions might read something like: examination of everything going on at every level in every country where we sell products. Beyond adaption to such elements as foreign currencies, time zones, and programming requirements, and beyond translation of languages, culturalization is the process of deep-level… Read More Culturalization: the Heart of Communication

“Legalese” is Confusing Enough in One’s Native Language

The need for cross-border litigation increases annually as global trade does, and the discovery process of a foreign entity inevitably requires translation that is not simple or cheap. Thousands of pages of documents of all kinds in multiple languages might need to be reviewed to extract the information you need. According to an article in… Read More “Legalese” is Confusing Enough in One’s Native Language

A New Language for Slavs from Croatia to Ukraine

It’s an ancient human dream: the creation of a universal language that every person can speak and understand, regardless of their native tongue or country of origin. Universal languages, such as Esperanto, have attempted to fulfill that dream, and on a smaller scale, individual languages have united multiple dialects within their language into an “official”… Read More A New Language for Slavs from Croatia to Ukraine

Germany’s Dedication to Data Privacy

Germany is working toward being the most secure digital data site in the world. But as the world’s citizens knit together in networks that aren’t confined within geopolitical borders, the governments of individual countries with strong values face complex legal and trade-related issues when trying to assert them. A serious emphasis on privacy is embedded… Read More Germany’s Dedication to Data Privacy

New ISO Standard for Translation Services in Place

ISO 17100:2015 was published on May 1, 2015, and the content looks a lot like its predecessor, EN 15038:2006. The core of the standard is established via definitions of various translation processes: translation, revision, review, proofreading, and final verification are delineated, as they were in EN 15038. Advancing slightly beyond EN 15038, ISO 17100 also… Read More New ISO Standard for Translation Services in Place

QA Tools Enable Unparalleled Accuracy

Before translation agencies present final drafts to their clients, Quality Assurance (QA) tasks are performed – some by human beings alone, some by humans with the assistance of QA software. Activities such as proofreading and double-checking terminology with clients are QA methods that contribute to the linguistic excellence of the final draft and cannot be… Read More QA Tools Enable Unparalleled Accuracy