Category Archives: Translation

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Information Security in Translation

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In recent years, we have seen many significant breaches of cyber security and web vulnerabilities, resulting in high profile and sensational headlines on the lack of security. Not a week goes by nowadays, without a tale of woe befalling some household name, causing us all to take notice of the state of security in this internet age – even if all we do is change our email and social media passwords. The nature of the business of translation requires that source content be passed around, frequently in some cases, to enable the translation task to be properly performed and completed....
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How Do You Evaluate the Quality of Your Translations, and Why You Should Not Trust a Friend to Give You an Opinion on Translation Quality?

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The question of “quality” is a surprisingly difficult issue to pin down with certainty in the world of business translation. The problem arises partly because it seems that every LSP with a website claims to have wonderful quality, and often because the translation buyer does not understand the target language (the product of the service) well enough to make a competent assessment on what they receive as translation product. So how does one tell when the quality story is real or not? There are also no independent evaluation agencies available to provide translation buyers with meaningful and objective clues on...
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International Travel Problems Business Travelers Face

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We live in a time where we seem to be in an ever expanding digital world, where increasingly everything is electronically connected, instantaneous, and involves social interaction through digital platforms. A comment made in Houston today can be heard around the world in minutes. It is understood that B2C products may need little direct human interaction to enable frequent and regular business flows to happen. Today, B2C trade is driven often, only by machine learning of personalized information and fast web access, however, there is always a need for humans to connect first, for these global transactions to be set...
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Multilingual Realities Overlooked in Business Travel Emergencies

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We live in a time of great change, where we seem to be in an ever expanding digital world, where increasingly everything is connected, instantaneous and involves interaction through digital platforms. There is an explosion of information like we have never seen before in the history of mankind. Based on studies on digital data volumes conducted by IDC and EMC Corporation the following facts emerge: From 2013 to 2020, the digital universe will grow by a factor of 10 – from 4.4 trillion gigabytes to 44 trillion. It more than doubles every two years. Experts suggest that this data deluge is...
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3 Ways to Find out If Your Documents Are Accurately Translated and 4 Ways to Prevent Mistakes in Translation

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If your company relies on a language service provider (LSP) to translate your documents, you probably don’t have an in-house linguist to check the translations for accuracy. So how do you know if the translation reads well in the target language? Your instinct might be to use Google to translate the document into its original language and compare that output with the original document. As you may already know, though, Google Translate is far less accurate than a human translator, so hopefully, the output will be very different from the original. Your next approach might be to hire another LSP...
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Cost & Time Saving Translation Technology

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The world is trending toward automation, and insurance document translation is no exception. If your insurance company outsources its claims and other documents translation, it is important that you ask about the technologies that your translation partner is using. If they are using outdated software, it is likely that the quality is inconsistent, the turnaround time is slower, and the overall cost of your translations is higher than it would be if your translation service was using more sophisticated technology. Reuters recently examined how Zurich Insurance, Europe's fifth-largest insurer, has used artificial intelligence to save 40,000 work hours and speed...
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8 Ways Insurance Companies Can Save Money and Speed up Turnaround on Claim Document Translation

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Many international insurance providers are surprised at how expensive and time consuming the process of translation is. Getting large volumes of claim documents in the language required for processing can indeed be a tedious process—especially when you don’t have a trusted language partner to rely on. Reliability, professionalism, and the reputation of your translation partner are crucial because even a small oversight in translation may result in a claim being approved when it should have been disputed or the other way around. There are a few things that insurance providers can do on their end to reduce costs and streamline...
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Preparing for the Future of Translation: 4 Steps to Incorporating CAT-tools

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Last month, Kirti Vashee contributed a blog titled Global Village: The World is Going and Growing Online. He discusses the impact that the growth of the internet is having on businesses around the world, including the increased need for content to be made available in multiple languages. It is no wonder that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 29% growth in employment for interpreters and translators from 2014 to 2024.[1] However, the way we do our job in 2024 will surely be significantly different than how we do our job today. So, what can we do to prepare? As...
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Global Village: The World Is Going and Growing Online

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A Global Village The Internet World Stats (IWS) organization just reported that we have reached a point, where 1 in 2 people in the world have some kind of access to the internet. I believe this is an especially significant moment; reaching 50.1% Internet user penetration in the world is a historical occasion! What does this mean to online businesses? Well, it means several things: The IWS database shows there are now 3,675,824.813 Internet users in the world. All these users are potential customers for businesses looking to expand online. People across the world can now contact and interact with each other easily and...
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Culturally Enriched Communication

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As linguists, our primary responsibility is to accurately transfer information from one language into another, which can only be achieved if we are culturally competent. Why? Language does not exist in a vacuum; rather, in order to be used effectively, it ought to exist within some cultural context. Without the cultural context, our rendition is robotic, confusing, and at times incomprehensible. I learned this lesson “the hard way” when I first arrived in Germany – despite previously feeling like I would blend in easily. I was excited to use my great language skills in my first encounter with a native…

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