In a recent article on Forbes.com Pascal-Emmanuel Gorby talks about languages of the future. We all know that currently English is undoubtedly the world's lingua franca and has been for quite some time now. It is the language people all over the world use to communicate with each other, be it for social or professional reasons. It is the global language of business and commerce, technology and culture. But how long will the dominance of the English language last and will it at some point be replaced by some other language? According to the article, French may well be the language of the future. How likely is that to happen?Read More
Recently I had a rather interesting conversation with my work colleagues about age. Someone at work had a birthday and the subject came up. The thing is, we don’t know the age of many of our co-workers and many of us don’t feel comfortable asking them either. Somehow it just does not feel right asking people to reveal their age and they tend not to volunteer this information. Personally I am always quite surprised if someone asks me how old I am. Admittedly, it does not happen very often.Read More
Only recently I posted an article about machine translations, highlighting the perils of relying on such automated tools without getting the completed translation looked over by a human. By and large, it seems that developers of automated translation software have a long way to go before they are able to create a product that would achieve such levels of linguistic excellence and accuracy so as to fully replace the work done by human translators. If they have not been able to do so just yet, it's not for lack of trying though. There are a number of translation tools out there able to translate written text with varying degrees of accuracy. But what about conveying the meaning of verbal communication or, in other words, interpreting?Read More
Donna Tartt is not what you would call a prolific writer. In fact, she only publishes one book a decade. Her debut novel, The Secret History, came out back in 1992 and was a great success. I absolutely loved it, it was dark, gripping and full of fascinating characters.Read More
Frozen, the latest animated offering from Disney, has now become it's highest-grossing film of all time. As a special thank you to its legions of fans across the globe, Disney recently released a special, multilingual version of "Let it go", the hugely popular song from the film.Read More
There are thousands of professional translators out there, experts in their field, who provide high quality language services to companies and individuals alike. The translation market is also flooded with people who just happen to have a good working knowledge of several languages and who have decided to put their skills to good use and make a living out of it. Of course, it takes more than foreign language skills to become a good translator and the work they do is not always of the highest quality. Nevertheless, they tend to be cheaper, which gives them a competitive edge over their professionally trained peers.
And then there are automatic translation tools.Read More
I love beaches. There's something utterly mesmerizing and even therapeutic about their beauty. I could spend hours sitting on the beach and looking out to sea, watching the waves roll in. My idea of an ideal beach experience though differs greatly from the traditional one, favoured and enjoyed by so many people around the world. I am always up for a trip to the beach but preferably in the evening and as long as there are very few people on it.Read More