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“I Don’t Give a Shit,” and Other Things Honest People Say

“I Don’t Give a Shit,” and Other Things Honest People Say

by Translation Guy on March 29, 2017
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People who swear are typically thought of as rule breakers. Liars are also typically thought of as rule breakers. But swearing, it turns out, is a hallmark of honesty. That's a fact I find strangely validating, since I curse like a sailor, or rather like the NYC-style entrepreneur I am. (Same difference really, I guess.)  

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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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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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What Languages Do They Speak?

What Languages Do They Speak?

by Translation Guy on December 5, 2016
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interpreting-download-graphic Do you know what the most common languages spoken in each country are? Many countries have more than one language spoken within their borders. And people in some countries speak more than one language. Here you can find out what languages are commonly spoken where.  

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Accent as a Joke? Speaking Swabian Perhaps?

Accent as a Joke? Speaking Swabian Perhaps?

by Translation Guy on November 30, 2016
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Accents are funny in any language. But some dialects are more likely to be the butt of humor than others. Plenty of Americans spend big money to shed those accents and avoid being the butt of jokes, or to avoid the class or ethnic discrimination they might face.  

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Scientists Decipher Monkey Talk!

Scientists Decipher Monkey Talk!

by Translation Guy on December 30, 2014
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While we have already had Disney characters talking and singing for a few years now, what if we could really understand what animals were saying? The idea still seems far-fetched, but perhaps we are getting closer than we think.  

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Was It My Fault or the Exam’s? Quebec Nursing Students Left Wondering

Was It My Fault or the Exam’s? Quebec Nursing Students Left Wondering

by Translation Guy on December 4, 2014
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It’s a tough question all around: Did you fail because you didn’t know your stuff or because the exam translation was rubbish? But who can tell, and what can be done about it?  

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Why Care about Endangered Languages?

Why Care about Endangered Languages?

by Translation Guy on December 2, 2014
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Cultural standardization is as useful as it is destructive. Whether or not you mourn that destruction, however, is a matter of perspective. Let’s see why that is.  

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Kendo to Tango: How Hobbies and Physical Skills Get You Speaking Foreign Languages

Kendo to Tango: How Hobbies and Physical Skills Get You Speaking Foreign Languages

by Translation Guy on November 25, 2014
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Whether you find yourself abroad or in your own hometown, hobbies are fun as well as great for language learning. You can easily pick up new words while you learn new skills. You can also make friends with this new vocabulary in common, even if you lack other common vocabulary.  

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Language Learning for Religion?

Language Learning for Religion?

by Translation Guy on November 11, 2014
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Many people cite job prospects, heritage, academic success or lifelong learning as reasons when deciding to learn another language, but is it worthwhile to learn a language for your religion? That is of course a very personal question, but one we will explore here.  

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