A number of women stand out as thought leaders in our industry. They are world travelers, philanthropists, PhDs, and multilinguals. They are active in the translation community, often with board positions at non-profits or leadership positions in industry organizations. They are localization veterans—proving that once you get into this fascinating[…]
You know how sometimes when you look at something, it makes you think of something else? Well, that happens when I see the short film/music video Shelter. After getting past the impact of the story, this piece always gets me thinking about the enormous reach of collaboration and localization. Maybe it will for you, too—if you have marketing on the[…]
Mirko Plitt has always been a technology guy—a language technology guy, as he would put it. After a long stint at Autodesk, a couple of years ago he co-founded Modulo Language Automation, a Machine Translation (MT) solution provider. Last year, he put on another hat—that of the Head of Technology at Translators without Borders (TWB). TWB is a[…]
Speech-to-Speech (S2S) technology seems to have finally stepped out of the realm of science fiction, yet it’s not ready for prime time. In their report published earlier this year, the Translation Automation User Society (TAUS) recognizes this as the paradox the technology currently finds itself in. The report outlines the current status, future[…]
In an era when so many of the world’s people can agree on so little, it was a joy to learn that the United Nations General Assembly on May 24th adopted UN Resolution A/71/288, recognizing “the role of professional translators in connecting nations and fostering peace, understanding and development.” The same resolution also officially recognized[…]
How Rakuten Achieved in Less than a Decade What Took Centuries of British Colonial Rule: English Literacy
In March 2010, Rakuten CEO Hiroshi Mikitani stood before 3,000 of his mainly Japanese employees in Tokyo (and many more viewing remotely) and announced that English would be the company’s new lingua franca...to many a jaw hitting the floor. And in less than a decade, Rakuten has become fully functional in English—with an average employee score of[…]
Where do you go for in-depth news and unbiased information about the language industry? Since the early 1990s, the answer has been very easy: MultiLingual Magazine.
Two recent news items caught my attention: one has been the protests over the qualifying exam for medical colleges in India not being available in Indian languages. The other was the decision of a national body on technical education to offer courses in Indian languages.
Spanglish—it’s a complex but fluid combination of Spanish and English, spoken at various levels and in various ways throughout the United States, Spain, and Latin America. It often shows up anywhere two or more young Hispanics gather for a conversation. They may be primarily Spanish-speaking, English-speaking, or equally fluent in both, but[…]
Throughout time, humanity has wanted to communicate, using whichever tool it had at its disposal. But these tools grew to be something more, as they helped us express emotions and spin memories. A messaging app — the modern communication tool — has the potential to invoke similar sentiment in its users. Like LINE does with its stickers.