14MAR 2019
Old words

Old words

Everybody has, on occasion, looked up a word in a dictionary and let their eye wander to the next word and thought: Really? There s a word for that? , whether it s the little plastic aglets on the end of your shoelaces or the nurdle of toothpaste squeezed onto your toothbrush in the morning. I have…

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19JUL 2014
English to ancient language translation

English to ancient language translation

When asked, most people have no idea that there are so many ancient languages that have graced historic times on this planet. At least 12 distinct languages are known to be over 3 years old, but that’s Greek to most people! Although many of these languages are now extinct – in that there are no more…
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04DEC 2018
Google Translate from English to English

Google Translate from English to English

Google Translate Chinese translation is weird/wrong C-English

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06FEB 2016
Find Translators

Find Translators

Ayana Ishiyama always thought she wanted to be a journalist. Two years ago, when she left her hometown in northern Japan to study abroad in the US, she signed up for journalism courses and wrote articles for the school newspaper to sharpen up her English skills. But while she loved interviewing people and sharing their stories, Ishiyama — now 22 — realized she didn’t like everything…

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14NOV 2015
Translator machine

Translator machine

Anybody who travels to a foreign country or reads a book or newspaper written in a language they don’t speak understands the value of a good translation. Yet, in the realm of Big Data, application developers face huge challenges when combining information from different sources and when deploying data-heavy applications to different types of computers. What they need is a good…

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13SEP 2016
Olden days words

Olden days words

Given that NaNoWriMo is almost upon us I thought I’d share a little writing trick that’s helped me heaps. I know you’re supposed to write 1, 667 words a day for NaNoWriMo but for many of us that’s just not possible. I wanted to reassure those of us who struggle to hit such high daily word targets. Plus when I discussed this method on Twitter quite a few people seemed to find…

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29JUN 2016
ATA Certified

ATA Certified

The American Translators Association offers a certification exam in language combinations to candidates who wish to become ATA-Certified Translators (CTs). Passing the exam and becoming ATA-Certified is an opportunity for individuals to demonstrate their professional competence and enhance their business image. Who can use the CT designation? Candidates who successfully pass…

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28NOV 2016
Old English translation funny

Old English translation funny

MOST readers will have heard of Goscinny and Uderzo, the French writer and illustrator team whose Asterix books have sold 325 million copies. However, Asterix would not be a household name in English-speaking countries without the skills of translator Anthea Bell who (previously with Derek Hockridge, recently on her own) has made the adventures of the Gauls fresh and fun to…

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