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Tips for businesses and public sector institutions on how to grow your organisation and save money & time on translations

SDL Buys Trados

TRADOS and SDL joined together in April 2005 to strengthen and better serve the globalisation ecosystem – the strong relationship among all players in the translation process bound by a common technology. The management said at that time: We will provide you with more valuable and powerful products solutions that are more cost-effective and enable …

What are top translation services providers?

I was checking out some forums the other day when I came across this seemingly vague question. But when I read one of the posts, I thought I simply had to share it with you. Here is the full question that was posted there: When big companies like Facebook or Twitter need their website translated …

7 Reasons For Using A Project Planning Template

Doing a big project always keeps you under pressure, and quite often the priority is given to thinking about the tasks at hand, which means planning can fly out of the window. What’s worse, projects that are not planned, monitored or documented always end up going wrong. Using a well developed project planning template can …

Securing Your Future In Online Transcription Jobs

In an age in which we are seeing more and more things automated everyday, we still rely on a human element for completing high quality translation activities. Even with AI advancements, we are still a while off before transcription jobs can be done completely and successfully without human input. As with most roles, to secure high …

Learning to Translate English to French at a Professional Level

Did you know that French is the second most learned language after English? And, it’s the ninth most widely spoken language around the globe, in fact there are over 200 million people spanning 5 major continents who speak the language. French is an international language of cooking, fashion, visual arts, architecture, dance and of course love. …

Difficulties Faced When Translating Legal Documents

Legal Documents Wіth legal documents, еvеrу wоrd hаѕ muсh mоrе significance thаn it wоuld hаvе іn a dіffеrеnt соntеxt. Thеѕе dосumеntѕ аrе often роrеd over as part of a lеgаl dіѕрutе, fоr еxаmрlе, and thе ѕеrіоuѕnеѕѕ оf ѕuсh a mаttеr mеаnѕ thаt documentation surrounding thе dіѕрutе is hіghlу important. Such legal documents could decide thе саѕе. …

Negotiating On Factors Other Than Price – Adding Value

Rule No 1 Perhaps the first rule in business is the following. Regardless of what you’re trying to sell, the entire focus should be on catering to client need and enhancing the value of your product or service. That should always be the bottom line. Lowering the price on just a whim when negotiating is …

Common Challenges Faced When Captioning and Subtitling

Subtitling for a global audience can be a daunting task. It is very common that the nuances of the local language are missed out completely. Especially so if the content is being translated into a number of different languages.   Subtitling Company Videos In film production, particularly where the film is marketed to a number of countries, language service …

Save Time and Money Tip No 2 – In-house translations

A common misconception is that using internal company resources to work on a translation is “free.” It’s not. You’ll still have to invest your time, staff and resources to get it done… Time is money, so any amount of time you and your colleagues spend trying to fix a bad translation instead of performing their core job tasks …

Essential Proofreading Tips for Your Content Marketing

Some content marketing businesses publish as many as 250 pieces of content each month.  At that level they say the observe the challenges writers struggle with – everything from writer’s block to poor sentence structure. But one of the biggest challenges comes after a writer completes a piece. If content marketing is a significant part of your …

Save Time and Money Tip No 1 – Don’t DIY

First things first, if you want to save time and money on translations, remember this rule:   Resist the temptation to do it yourself. Full stop. Speaking is not writing. Oral fluency does not guarantee smooth, stylish writing, especially in another language! Even if you regularly negotiate successfully in French, German or Spanish, and spend lots …

Reasons To Employ Professional Qualified Translators

A business which operates internationally will sooner or later need to use professional translation services. Taking this step allows the business to communicate its objectives to their clients and customers speaking the local language. Managing translation requirements within your company might compromise how efficiently your business is run. Seeking help from a professional translation agency that employs professional qualified translators is recommended for …

Before You Export, Get On-the-ground Help

Every year during the third week of May, the President of the United States announces World Trade Week. During this week trade organizations, businesses, and other stakeholders work together both nationally and locally to promote international trade in the U.S. economy. So what are the international trade and exporting topics you should consider in your small business?  For …

Why Translate? – Here’s 5 Good Reasons

The story Why translate? A few weeks ago we received the following email from one of our regular clients: Let me tell you that although you may feel far removed from the document’s key purpose, please know that your work is probably helping thousands. For example, that instruction manual you laboured over a few weeks …

3 Reasons to Translate your Company Website

Businesses and professionals often fail to understand the need for professional translation services. Although translating marketing materials leads to extra expenses, it has the potential of improving business returns. This post will give you 3 reasons why you should translate your company website. More and more companies are now reaching foreign markets and communicating with …

12 Apps / Services that Literally Saved My Life

No way! OK, I know what you’re thinking. “Come on! Apps that saved your life”. But they did. And they regularly do on an almost daily basis. If you want to find out how and why, then you must read on. But before we start, I’d like to clarify one thing. Many of the apps …

2014 Looking Bright for Small Business

It’s time to grow! After years of scraping along during the recession and in the sluggish growth years that followed it, small businesses will enjoy improved sales and profits this year and the best pace of growth since 2007, according to a new projection from Kiplinger, a Washington, D.C.-based publisher of business forecasts. Gillian White, …

3 Tips for Expanding Your Business

Going Global With the ever-growing number of online programs and communications tools available today, it’s no surprise that businesses of all sizes are choosing to start expanding their business and sell to international consumers. One such company is national wireless accessories retailer Cellairis, which recently opened locations in Jamaica, Mexico, Chile, the United Kingdom and …

How HR can benefit from a Translation Agency

And where to start… OK, so here is the story. A few years ago, a friend of mine recommended our translation company to a Client – quite a large company with offices all over Europe and the headquarters in the UK. The company employs a substantial number of foreign workers, many of whom are Eastern …

What Companies Should Know about Translation

Are you ready to go global? Imagine having your company's press release read worldwide or doing business with prestigious overseas clients. Your small business may not be there yet but thanks to an increasingly global economy, those dreams are becoming a reality for many companies. As the business world continues to go global, the need …

Bad Translations, Marketing and Hollywood…

And what they have in common… Today we are looking at two very interesting articles about Translation. The first one is Bad translations as a marketing tool by Corinne McKay, in which she explains how freelance translators can pitch their freelance services to new clients by using client’s existing bad translations, without being offensive or …

7 Common Misconceptions About Translation

7 Most Common Misconceptions About Translation, and why should you care… There are many misconceptions about translation in the translation industry but today I have chosen just a few to highlight the problem and point out why businesses wanting to outsource translation to translation agencies need to be mindful of these urban myths to avoid …

3 Reasons Why Outsourcing Legal Translation Services Is Important

Because there are few disciplines that emphasise precision quite like the world of law. Every single word has to be accurate and every clause needs to be strictly upheld. The stakes are a lot higher, too, when you’re dealing with multiple borders. And anything less than precision can mean the difference between losing and winning …

Translation Quality Depends on the Individual Translator

Does Translation quality depend on the individual translator? Although the above claim may seem like a bold one in the age driven by Quality Control Management, every translation project outsourced to a Translation Agency is eventually assigned to an individual translator. And whereas many good Translation Agencies run various checks on their translators, including qualifications, …

Are You Losing Money Because Of Poor Translation?

Could This Be You? You are part of a busy organization. You’ve got a lot to offer your clients and you love what you do. Your biggest focus is on getting your job done well and eventually getting a lot more clients consistently. You want your business or organisation to grow and you want more …

Is the Art of Translation Dying?

It’s been a while… Translation has been around for as long as humankind and so have translation issues. They are said to have started with the building of Babel. Translation has played a crucial role for tradesmen and merchants, sailors, scholars and clergy alike. Translation has even been used by teachers as one of the …

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