No More Visas for Afghans Who Worked with US Forces

No More Visas for Afghans Who Worked with US Forces

by Translation Guy on March 22, 2017
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Without additional visa allotments, the Special Immigrant Visa program for Afghans is coming to an end. This doesn't bode well for Afghan linguists, some of whom have been hunted down by the Taliban for aiding US troops. Nor for the Americans who will soon be deployed to Syria and looking for new local allies.  

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Here’s What You Need to Know about Chinese Languages

Here’s What You Need to Know about Chinese Languages

by Translation Guy on March 17, 2017
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First thing, that "s" in Chinese languages is no typo. China is the biggest country in the world, the second biggest economy in the world and the people of China represent one of the fastest-growing markets on the globe. So these folks need talking to if your message is seriously global. How best to communicate with them? In Chinese, right? Yes and no.  

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Are You Translating, or Are You Localizing?

Are You Translating, or Are You Localizing?

by Translation Guy on March 10, 2017
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In this global age, we are surrounded by translation and localization, on TV and film, in novels and video games. Sometimes the terms are used interchangeably, but there's a big difference. So here's what's what.  

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Why We Love to Translate English to Japanese

Why We Love to Translate English to Japanese

by Translation Guy on February 28, 2017
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English is my native language, but Japanese is the language that is close to my heart, my family and our family business. It started when I dropped out of college, leaving Albuquerque, New Mexico for the bright lights of Osaka and Tokyo. I met Yoko, our CEO, in Japan close to 40 years ago, when I started working for her as an English teacher. My time in Japan provided the opportunity for me to work with some amazing people at Japanese media giants such as Mainichi Daily, Fuji Sankei and Dentsu, among others. I really got a handle on the power of language between two cultures in my turn with Japan's foreign ministry, where I had the opportunity to work on speeches for various prime ministers and the Emperor.  

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Globalizing Your Online Employee Training Programs

Globalizing Your Online Employee Training Programs

by Translation Guy on February 15, 2017
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There’s no country like in-country when it comes to growing markets. After all, opportunities in new countries and cultures can open millions of new doors and many new revenue streams. That means training must go global too. But what you may not know is that existing English-only online employee training programs may not be right for this job, even if your multicultural employees speak English. Globalizing your online employee training programs can be an effective way to ensure that your global employees do their jobs correctly and achieve lasting success within your company. What do I mean by globalize? Depending on your company's goals, target languages, target cultures and budget, there are different ways that you can attain globalization, but here are four of the most common methods.  

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How to Create Elearning Content for Multiple Languages

How to Create Elearning Content for Multiple Languages

by Translation Guy on February 8, 2017
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Have you ever seen elearning courses that were created in English and then translated into other languages as an afterthought? Chances are the results weren't altogether pleasing or effective for learners, and psychometrics be damned. The good news is that if you know your company's elearning course will need to serve multiple audiences in multiple languages, you're already ahead of the game. You can produce an elearning course that best serves everyone by keeping the following tips in mind.  

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The Advantages of Using Educational Technology for Tests

The Advantages of Using Educational Technology for Tests

by Translation Guy on February 1, 2017
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Tests are an important learning tool for both students and teachers. They help diagnose what students have already learned and what they still need to learn. Computerized testing has fewer limitations than its pen and paper counterparts though. I believe the use of educational technology can improve the testing experience for all. Here are some of the benefits of using educational technology for tests.  

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Medical Device Registration Around the World

Medical Device Registration Around the World

by Translation Guy on January 24, 2017
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Does your medical device firm want to expand its reach into new markets? While the United States and the European Union are the two biggest markets for medical devices in the world, they are not the only markets. In fact, there are a number of opportunities available for medical device firms wanting to commercialize their products in other countries, and especially those with large populations, such as Australia, Brazil, China, India and Russia. Before being able to access those markets and reap the rewards, however, your firm must register the medical devices you wish to sell and obtain regulatory approval in each market you want to enter. This often includes translation of the medical device's user information and packaging materials. As your firm begins to map the opportunities, threats and requirements involved in entering different markets, here is what you need to know to get started with medical device registration and approval in five countries with large populations and significant market potential.  

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Do I Need to Translate to Sell Medical Devices in the European Union?

Do I Need to Translate to Sell Medical Devices in the European Union?

by Translation Guy on January 12, 2017
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While a significant percentage of doctors in the European Union speak and read English to a high standard, not all of them do. But more importantly, that figure is much lower among the general population and potential users of your medical device. What about the regulations though?  

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Opportunities for US Medical Device Firms in the European Union

Opportunities for US Medical Device Firms in the European Union

by Translation Guy on December 29, 2016
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While the United States is currently the largest market for medical devices, the European Union presents significant opportunities for US medical device firms looking to expand abroad. The European Union's medical device market represents the second largest in the world; it's worth 100 billion euros and accounts for 31% of the entire globe's medical device market. (To compare, the US accounts for 40%.) A few of the reasons the European Union is an attractive place to expand are that it has a large population, it spends a significant amount on health care and medical devices, and it offers a unified regulatory framework.  

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