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TICO-19 COVID Response Effort Welcomes TWB

By: Andrea Capuselli

Translators without Borders has joined TICO-19, a coalition of academic institutions and industry partners, in an effort to translate and localize urgent health-related resources and materials into languages without access to the latest information.

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Chinese Translation of Communist Manifesto Unearthed

By: Andrea Capuselli

The library of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) — China’s oldest institution for the humanities and social sciences — announced recently that it has discovered a first Chinese translation of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles’ The Communist Manifesto.

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Interview with François Maniez

By: Andrea Capuselli

François Maniez is a corpus linguist at the Université Lumière Lyon 2. He was for years head of the CRTT (Centre de Recherche en Traduction et Terminologie), which is the research centre for translation in Lyon. What’s more, he is the director of the Master’s degree in Translation and Interpretation at the University of Lyon 2, and he is responsible for the path called Applied Linguistics and Translation (one of the options of the master’s degree).

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10 Reasons Why the Translation Industry Attracts Private Equity Investors

By: Andrea Capuselli

“We helped Summa Linguae finance the acquisition of two companies in North America — one in Canada, one in the US — which provide localization services, but also data collection services,” Piotr Misztal told the SlatorCon Remote 2020 audience by way of introduction.

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MultiLingual Announces New Summer Series

By: Andrea Capuselli

In-person conferences have all but disappeared. LocWorldWide and other virtual events are filling in the gaps, and now MultiLingual is adding free events to its company-neutral offerings.

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Swiss Supreme Court — Now in English?

By: Andrea Capuselli

The Swiss Supreme Court may soon accept English as one of the languages it will draft in arbitrations, as part of the Swiss Parliament’s amendment to the Federal Supreme Court Act (FSCA). While the Federal Supreme Court has agreed upon the use of English in some cases historically, it required that the pleadings be filed in one of Switzerland’s official languages —French, German, Italian, or Romansh. The new legislation will lift the burden of translation costs for parties who wish to use English in their proceedings.

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SDL Partners with Reynen Court

By: Andrea Capuselli

According to a report released by Business Wire, Reynen Court LLC platform has partnered with SDL Machine Translation. Reynen Court provides law firms and legal departments a secure platform for AI and other legal technology, helping them adopt and manage cloud-based software applications. Reynen Court has a product catalog of legal tech vendors in case management, analytics, legal research, and document creation. Speaking about the new partnership, the CEO of Reynen Court said, “Machine translation is among [our customers’] top investment priorities.”

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A Linguistic Emigration: Chinese Women Writers on Their Translation Practices

By: Andrea Capuselli

Recently, I came across an interesting comment, that despite the fact that more POC writers are being published, the English publishing world will not actually become more diverse, as the editors and gatekeepers who select them for publication continue to be predominantly white.

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Observations on the Translation Industry

By: Andrea Capuselli

This is a guest post by a frequent contributor on this blog: Luigi Muzii. Here he shares observations on some key trends in the professional translation industry. His observations are presented as pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and readers can connect them or not as they wish. His opinions are his own, but I like to include them on this platform as they often ring true and show a keener sense of observation than we typically find in the localization media.

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SwissGlobal Buys Rival (and Neighbor) Semiotic Transfer

By: Andrea Capuselli

Boutique language service provider (LSP) SwissGlobal recently announced that it had purchased neighboring LSP Semiotic Transfer in a deal that closed on May 1, 2020.

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Takeaways from LocWorldWide

By: Andrea Capuselli

LocWorldWide, held July 28-30, was the biggest localization event yet to pivot to an online forum. The content was originally scheduled for Berlin in June, and then, of course, the pandemic happened. The virtual event offered an interactive exhibit hall, multiple chat functions, and networking over video. Sessions included a mix of prerecorded and live video streams.

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Translation to Origination: 4 Approaches to Multilingual Content Creation

By: Andrea Capuselli

As the world moved online in 2020, consumer buying patterns changed, putting pressure on many e-commerce companies to localize offerings for new markets faster than they otherwise would have. The change is permanent, according to Ed Bussey. “While offline commerce will re-emerge, e-commerce will continue to dominate across most categories,” Bussey told the SlatorCon Remote 2020 audience.

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Pipedrive’s Four Pillars of Localization Success

By: Andrea Capuselli

Sometimes starting small can pave the way to going global. For Estonia-based CRM platform Pipedrive, thinking about localization at an early stage was necessary to break out of its home market and accelerate growth.

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Translated to provide EU Parliament with real-time speech translation AI

By: Andrea Capuselli

Translated has been selected by the European Parliament to automatically transcribe and translate parliamentary multilingual debates in real-time, covering the 24 official languages used by the institution. The service will be provided by new software available both through fully-localized web and mobile applications, and live streaming APIs for third-party developers. It it purported to be the first human-in-the-loop speech machine translation (MT) system, and should leverage context and user feedback to adapt the output in less than one second.

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Da good book’s pidgin translation is hot off the presses

By: Andrea Capuselli

Morihara grew up speaking pidgin.

He’s so good at talking “la dat” that in 1985 he and linguistics professor Joseph Grimes of Wycliffe Bible Translators started translating the New Testament of the Bible into Hawaii pidgin.”We just started to translate a few verses, and for me it spoke to me,” he said.

Turns out, it spoke to a lot of people. Other pidgin speakers pitched in and Da Jesus Book was born. The New Testament in pidgin was released in 2001.Then the translators went to work on the Old Testament. It turned into a 20-year project.

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Simple Time Management Tips for Translators

By: Andrea Capuselli

Being a freelance translator is both rewarding and challenging, and one of the challenges is managing our time so that we don ot end up working around the clock or getting burned out. If we are constantly working, we also do not have time to market our services to “better” clients either. At last year’s American Translators Association’s annual conference, I attended a presentation on Time Management for Translators, co-presented by David Rumsey and Corinne McKay and in this episode I am discussing time management tips with David Rumsey. Continue reading.

Persian translation of Alexander Jovy’s “I Am Cyrus” goes bestseller

By: Andrea Capuselli

A Persian translation of Alexander Jovy’s novel “I Am Cyrus: The Story of the Real Prince of Persia” has turned out to be a bestselling book in Iran.

The fifth edition of the Persian translation of the book has recently been published by Qoqnus Publications in Tehran. It has been translated into Persian by Soheil Sommi.

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Game Localization: Why Nuance Is Key in Discussing Automation

By: Andrea Capuselli

The game localization panel at the inaugural SlatorCon Remote on July 9, 2020 began with an icebreaker of sorts. Moderator Daniel Finck polled the audience to find out how many were gamers.

More than half had played (avidly / regularly, 30%; or sometimes, 26%) compared to the 39% who said they never did; while the remaining 5% only played when Netflix was offline.

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Interview with Elena Montiel-Ponsoda

By: Andrea Capuselli

Elena Montiel-Ponsoda is Associate Professor at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, where she belongs to the Applied Linguistics Department since 2012, and member of the “Ontology Engineering Group” at the same university since 2006. Her research interests are at the intersection between translation and terminology, and knowledge representation (ontologies, linked data). Currently, she is coordinating an H2020 Innovation Action called Lynx (780602) on the creation of a Legal Knowledge Graph for Smart Compliance Services in Multilingual Europe.

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Translating Rumi’s rhythm and rhyme

By: Andrea Capuselli

Much of Jalaluddin Rumi’s work was in rhyming couplets and retaining their meaning, thought or metaphor and yet delivering the English in rhythm and rhyme are a challenge, says Farrukh Dhondy who has translated a new collection of the 13th century Persian poet’s verses.

A translation, the India-born British writer said, is a delicate thing and entails rendering a construction from one country, one culture, one century even, into an equally alluring construction in another.

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