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It’s Official: Alcohol Can Improve Your Foreign Language Skills

December 20, 2017 - By: - In: In the News / Awards - Comments Off on It’s Official: Alcohol Can Improve Your Foreign Language Skills

Three cheers for alcohol? Speaking in a recently learned foreign language can be a difficult task. There are lots of new words to remember and verb tenses to keep track of, and you may not have developed total confidence in your abilities yet. A recently published study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, however, revealed that […]

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Translators’ Hall of Shame: Part VIII

December 13, 2017 - By: - In: In the News / Awards - Comments Off on Translators’ Hall of Shame: Part VIII

It’s no secret that bad translation can get you into trouble, but just how bad can it be? Most recently, bad translation has led to one man’s arrest, a nation wasting millions of dollars and mass confusion on public transportation. A Spotlight on Bad Translation “Translators’ Hall of Shame” is our blog post series highlighting […]

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Translated.com Privacy Breach Serves as a Warning

October 17, 2017 - By: - In: In the News / Awards - Comments Off on Translated.com Privacy Breach Serves as a Warning

Dangerous data breaches are on the rise. Most recently, the consumer credit reporting agency Equifax was the target of a hack where cybercriminals made off with the sensitive personal information of 143 million people, including birth dates, Social Security numbers and home addresses. In September Slator reported on a privacy breach at Translated.com. People’s sensitive […]

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Emojis Bad for Communication?

October 12, 2017 - By: - In: In the News / Awards - Comments Off on Emojis Bad for Communication?

Glaring incompetence is a no-no, a faux pas of the first degree so we like to keep it under wraps, particularly at work. We can all fool some of the people some of the time but it’s getting harder in the digital age. In face-to-face communication, being flashed a smile by someone you’ve just met […]

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Trump’s Words Test the Boundaries of the Interpreting Profession

July 25, 2017 - By: - In: In the News / Awards - Comments Off on Trump’s Words Test the Boundaries of the Interpreting Profession

Detractors and supporters of President Trump can agree on at least one thing… he speaks a language all his own. Interpreters are language professionals who orally translate from one language to another. They have worked hard over the years to maintain a code of neutrality and earn a reputation as unbiased partners in intercultural communication […]

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Translators’ Hall of Shame: Part VI

June 12, 2017 - By: - In: In the News / Awards - Comments Off on Translators’ Hall of Shame: Part VI

It’s time for another roundup of really awful translation because tragically bad translation and loopy localization never let up. Today we have three contenders for this edition’s “Bad Translation” award. Pick the worst and you could win a translation from Responsive Translation.

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No More Visas for Afghans Who Worked with US Forces

March 22, 2017 - By: - In: In the News / Awards - Comments Off on No More Visas for Afghans Who Worked with US Forces

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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The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Star Interpreter

November 2, 2016 - By: - In: In the News / Awards - Comments Off on The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Star Interpreter

For those who play at the top of their game, is it the nirvana of complete focus or the roar of the crowd that drives them to bust excellence’s envelope? Case in point: Interpreters for combat sports. These days some translators achieve a degree of fame along with the literary works they help popularize among […]

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