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A snapshot of the global language services market

You might not be surprised to know that demand for global language services is growing.  More of the world’s population are getting online, making the web a much more multilingual place.  And the economic slowdown in Europe and North America has led more companies to target emerging markets.

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What’s your favourite word?

They’re the building blocks of language, and  are constantly being invented in every living language. Last year, around 400 new words were added to the Concise Oxford  English Dictionary. And that’s not to count old words that take on new meanings, such as “follower” and “tweet”.

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5 steps to localise your international translation

Speaking your customers’ language is the key to successful marketing overseas. There’s plenty of evidence people prefer to make purchases in their mother tongue. But if you want to compete on an equal level with local businesses, then international translation is just the start.

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Celebrating world languages

It might be overshadowed by Mardi Gras and Carnival celebrations this year, but today is International Mother Language Day. Founded by UNESCO, it’s a day to celebrate the roughly 7000 different world languages, and promote the benefits of multilingualism.

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Machine translation vs humans

Machine translation might seem like a new phenomenon, but it’s actually 58 years old this month. Researchers at IBM and Georgetown University began developing an automated Russian to English translator in 1954, with operators laboriously punching messages onto cards.

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How much does translation cost?

Like many simple questions, this is one with no easy answer. For one thing, it’ll depend whether it’s a complex technical report, a novel, or just an email in another language.

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