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2013 – a year in translation

Just as languages are constantly evolving and changing, the translation industry rarely stands still. 2013 has seen some fascinating developments in translation technology – spectacles that instantly translate text, anyone? But some of the most interesting work has involved new ways for human translators and machines to work together.

For Lingo24, our biggest achievements include launching our award-winning Coach technology and developing our new machine translation tools. Coach is designed to help human translators work more efficiently – automating parts of the process, but using professional expertise where it matters most.

Quality has been a hot topic in the industry this year, especially at the TAUS Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon. We’re moving away from the idea that “one size fits all” when it comes to translation. Coach allows customers to specify their exact quality requirements, saving time and money.

Lingo24 has continued to grow in the past year, and now has well over 200 full-time Lingo-ists around the world.

It’s hard to believe that just a year ago we were setting up our new Machine Translation office in Manchester. Now the team have launched more than 100 different industry-specific engines, which give much better results than generic online tools. They’re also developing high quality customised tools for clients.

Although Professor Andy Way is now returning to Dublin City University after a long sabbatical, he’s built a great foundation for future development. Our top team, Sergio Penkale and Rejwanul Haque, are more than ready to carry on this work in 2014.

They’re not the only new faces who have made a difference over the past year. Andrew Campbell has completed his first year as Global Managing Director of Lingo24. It’s been a whirlwind year for him, travelling to some of our global offices while keeping the Lingo24 ship steering a steady course.

Jeremy Clutton, who has a wealth of experience in the translation industry, is now leading the London Sales team. With a particular focus on ecommerce, he’s advising businesses of all sizes on the best ways to expand overseas.

And we’ve just welcomed new HR Director, Carol Scambler. As we continue to grow, she’ll ensure Lingo24 remains a great place to work.

Once again, our team travelled to major translation events from Seattle to Nice, and plenty of places in between! Some of the highlights include Christian’s talks at Localization World and TAUS, while Andy and Sergio presented papers at the recent Translating and the Computer conference in London.

Of course we couldn’t do anything without our wonderful team of translators. They’ve played a key role in developing and testing Coach, as well as continuing to impress our clients. And we’re pleased to say that once again they voted us a top agency to work for on Translators Cafe and ProZ.com. So a big thank you to all of them –  we love working with you too!

As we look ahead to 2014, there are more exciting developments on the horizon. We’ll be growing our machine translation team, launching new technology, and attending more high profile events.

We’d like to wish you all Happy New Year, Feliz año Nuevo und Guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr! And whichever language you’re celebrating in, we think 2014 is going to be a very exciting and busy one…
translation services in 2014? Get in touch with our expert team.

Hazel Mollison

Hazel Mollison edits and writes for the Lingo24 blog. After studying Italian and German at Cambridge University, she worked as a journalist for five years with regional and national newspapers. She enjoys writing about languages, translation, online marketing, and helping small businesses explore new opportunities.

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