What are Some of the Oldest Languages in the World?

Hebrew Around 400 BC, Hebrew fell out of common usage but remained in a preserved state for Jews across the world. But when Zionism rose to dominance in the 19th and 20th centuries, Hebrew went through a revival, eventually becoming Israel’s official language and the oldest spoken language. The modern version is not the same as […]

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Six Distinct Stereotypical German Personality Traits

German people have been assigned at times specific German personalities which view them as being rude, lacking in the ability to be humorous and even cold towards others. Portraying the characteristics of a German person in this way is really being unrealistically stereotypical, as Germans come in all shapes and sizes and a great variety […]

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How Many Translation Techniques Are You Familiar With?

Freelance professional translators and those who work with, or for, professional translation services employ a number of translation techniques in their work. How many are you familiar with? Probably not very many! The translation techniques employed depend on the types of translation they are familiar with. For example, a legal translator will inevitably employ certain […]

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Five Legal Documents That You May Need Translated

Legal document translation is a very important and growing field in the translation industry. Legal document translation services vary from relatively repetitive yet important things like driver license translations or translations of educational qualifications right through to more important documents for court proceedings. Where to translate documents Most document translation services these days tend to offer rapid, online services. […]

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German Personality Words Used to Describe Friends or Enemies

Somehow, Germans have built up a world-renowned reputation for their lack of humor and rather dry conversations. This, however, doesn’t seem to be represented in all the words the German language has to describe personality. In fact, the language itself is far from being dry, it is quite colorful. As in many other cultures, Germans […]

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12 Cultural Customs Only Germans Will Understand

One of the joys of traveling to a new country is discovering that not all countries are the same when it comes to its cultural features. Germany is no exception and there are some quite surprising German customs that differ from our own. 12 Things to know about German culture and customs Under-18s can purchase and drink alcohol […]

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How Many Words Can a Translator Translate Per Day?

It’s difficult to calculate precisely how many words a translator is able to translate in a single working day. All projects are different and some are easier than others. For example, a translator may be allocated 2 projects to translate words which have the same number of words, but each has a different level of difficulty. It […]

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Perfect German Words We Need In English

Some of the most powerful German words in the German language are those that are molded together to make a super-long word. An example is “Kraftfahrzeughaftpflichtversicherung”, which quite literally means “automobile liability insurance.” There was another awesome German word, “Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz”, which when it existed meant “law delegating beef label monitoring.” Here are some more examples […]

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Quality Control versus Quality Assurance

In English, there are a number of terms that people believe are interchangeable just because they appear similar. Two of these are quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA). Quality assurance vs quality control doesn’t have the same meaning when it comes to the translation industry. Quality Assurance Translation quality assurance, referred to as QA, tries […]

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Understanding Cultural Nuances In A Translation

Most of us are quite content with knowing the linguistic nuances of our own language in our own country’s context. We get used to using the word ‘biscuits’ in England whilst in America they are called ‘cookies.’ No problem at all until someone leaves England to visit America and wants to buy a packet of […]

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