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Is it worth the effort of translating your business letters and emails?

Posted by Tomedes on June 22, 2016 – 9:52 am Filed under Corporate Translation, Translation Advice, Translation Discussion, Translation Musings
You’ve written a great business letter (or email) to an important overseas contact and you’re keen to send it out. But pause for a moment before you lick that stamp (or click that ‘send’ icon) and consider: would it be...
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The importance of professional translation in the modern business world

Posted by Tomedes on May 24, 2016 – 6:14 am Filed under Corporate Translation, Legal Translation, Translation Advice, Translation Musings
Professional translation services play an important role in the modern business world. From trade deals to new partnerships to international conferences, professional translation helps companies and individuals come together to improve their business practices, source better deals and engage more...
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Top tips on how to choose a translation company

Posted by Tomedes on November 25, 2015 – 8:55 am Filed under Language Translation Advice, Translation Advice, Translation Musings, Translation Services
In the translation industry, just as in other sectors, there are good and bad companies. Ensuring you use a respectable translation company is essential if you want accurate translations, delivered on time and with a certificate of translation. But how...
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Four Languages on the Verge of Extinction

Posted by Tomedes on May 5, 2015 – 9:32 am Filed under Translation Languages, Translation Musings, Translation News
Human communication adapts to the needs of a people group at a specific time, and when it comes to the spoken word it’s common to observe the gradual decline and eventual extinction of different languages. In this blog post we’ll...
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2010 translation trends

Posted by Tomedes on January 6, 2010 – 7:33 am Filed under Language Translation Advice, Translation Musings
Yet another year has gone by, welcome to 2010 dear reader, my best wishes to you for a happy and prosperous New Year. Overall 2009 was good for the language translation industry as in spite of the recession we managed...
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English and French language translation – A historical perspective

Posted by Tomedes on November 2, 2009 – 7:59 am Filed under Translation Musings
The history of English and French languages are intertwined, beginning with the fact that just like other major Western European languages both English and French are the descendants of proto-Indo-European family of languages. Although both languages separated on the Indo-European...
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Encouraging the use of Plain English

Posted by Tomedes on April 28, 2009 – 7:58 am Filed under Translation Discussion, Translation Musings
Languages are dynamic entities, they keep evolving, branching out and mutating. This keeps professional translation services providers on their toes. We are specially challenged in projects where the target language is a specific dialect of the language of our expertise....
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Words, the Human Brain and Understanding

Posted by Tomedes on April 25, 2009 – 2:08 am Filed under Translation Musings
Being a professional language translation expert I have frequently wondered how we understand each other? Please don’t think that I have lost it :-)  I was referring to how our brain understands or deciphers a word or a series of...
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The life and death of words

Posted by Tomedes on April 21, 2009 – 1:51 am Filed under Translation Musings
I was reading about the Dodo this morning and how it became extinct. It was supposed to be a very dumb bird (from where we get the expression ‘dumb as a dodo’) which, along with the cruelty of us humans...
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