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During this day and age, language services are likely to be essential to the success of your business. With instant global communication, increased cultural diversity, and the technology easing the ability to do business across borders, translation and interpreter services are more necessary now than they may have been before.
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Language in a Changing World

Culture, Language

World Languages

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Lia Mitchell
Lia Mitchell

A Brief History of Native American Languages in the US

Culture, Language

Native American languages in the US have succumbed to linguicide over time. According to the World Atlas, approximately 300 languages were spoken in the US before colonialism. When the Europeans arrived, they forced Native Americans out of their land. The government tried to eliminate the Native American culture, including the languages, by forcing English. As a result of enforcing English in schools and in society in general, many languages were lost.

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Annie Pagano
Annie Pagano

The Loss of Indigenous Languages - Video

Culture, Language

Language means so much more than communication between people – it represents culture, history, tradition and identity. According to UNESCO, there are more than 6000 languages in the world today. A startling fact is that about 97% of the world speaks just 4% of these languages, including languages such as English, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Indonesian and Arabic. Only 3% of the population speaks the remaining 96% of the languages, many of which are indigenous languages.

Around 600 languages have already disappeared in the last century, and experts estimate that others will continue to disappear at a rate of one language every two weeks. If this trend continues, up to 90% of the world’s languages are likely to disappear before the end of the century. Why is this happening and what can we do about it?

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Annie Pagano
Annie Pagano

Hollywood's Most Hilarious Movie Title Translations

Translation, Culture, Language

As an American, it can be easy to forget about the impact that our culture has on other countries. Take Hollywood movies as an example and their global popularity. They may be created here in the US but they are watched and enjoyed worldwide.

This doesn't mean that they stay in English, however. The titles are translated and subtitles or voice-overs are added.

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Annie Pagano
Annie Pagano

10 Unique Christmas and New Year’s Traditions Around the World

Culture

PC Chris Chabot

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Lia Mitchell
Lia Mitchell

10 Interesting Facts About Vietnam [Country Spotlight]

Culture

 At Interpreters and Translators, Inc. we love language, travel, and countries. One of our employees has several friends who have visited Vietnam and raved about that country. She couldn’t not resist doing some research of her own and considering booking her own trip to Vietnam. Here are a few of her observations.

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Chris Amorosino
Chris Amorosino

Translators To Be Honored with the National Book Award

Culture

In January 2018, the United States (U.S.) National Book Foundation added a new category to its short list of literary prizes. Now both an author and the author’s translator will be honored with the National Book Award for Translated Literature. The new prize will recognize either a fiction or nonfiction work translated into English and published in the U.S. It’s the first time in 20+ years that the National Book Foundation has added a new category.

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Chris Amorosino
Chris Amorosino

International Business Etiquette: 11 Tips

Manufacturing, Culture, Corporate, International Trade

As we pointed out in the How to Create a Thriving Export Business guide, exporting offers businesses a great way to build upon domestic success. The volume of international trade is growing fast. Trade barriers are falling. And competition in your domestic market is probably intensifying, especially from foreign competitors.

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Chris Amorosino
Chris Amorosino

Which Language Is Richest In Words?

Culture, Language

Have you heard language experts say that English has more words than other languages? The claim is made but it’s practically impossible to verify.

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Chris Amorosino
Chris Amorosino

Untranslatable Words: To Be Enjoyed Socially, To Be Heeded In Business

Translation, Culture, Language

“What is he saying?” I asked my bilingual friend while studying Spanish in Chile. He paused, thought about the joke we had both just heard, and then said, “It’s hard to explain.”

I was just learning Spanish but he could speak both English and Spanish fluently, so I couldn’t wrap my mind around his inability to just directly translate.

Take each word, translate it in his mind, and then regurgitate it back in English. That’s all it is, right?

I later learned that sometimes things are hard to translate. Sometimes a word doesn’t have an equivalent in another language and is therefore, untranslatable, or impossible to directly translate without the help of calling upon many other words.

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Lia Mitchell
Lia Mitchell