Untranslatable: When Foreign Phrases Don’t Translate to English

  |  September 19, 2018

What happens when you encounter untranslatable words?

Words are the human framework for expression, but despite our best efforts, there are some phrases in other languages that just don’t translate into English—and vice versa. These untranslatable words are nothing new to experienced translators who know the vagaries of human language. Many linguists maintain that any given culture can only be fully understood... Read More

A Look at Historical Facts About Document Translation

  |  September 12, 2018

Check out these interesting facts about document translation.

Imagining a world without document translation casts our thinking back to the Tower of Babel myth in Genesis 11 of the Christian Bible. In this story, God confuses the languages of all the people building a tower to reach heaven so they can no longer communicate and work together. Understandably, they then become scattered. From... Read More

Understanding Extinct Languages: When and Why They Die Off

  |  September 5, 2018

Learn the story behind extinct languages.

If you look back through history, it’s easy to spot examples of languages that were once prominent and later disappeared from use. Take Latin for example—you may have studied the language in high school, but it’s a dead language; written and studied, but not spoken. Many people confuse dead languages with extinct languages. A dead... Read More

3 Common Mistakes in Technical Translation & How to Avoid Them

  |  August 15, 2018

Learn how to avoid these common mistakes in technical translation.

Document translation requires a careful and thorough process that goes beyond the basics. Otherwise, you run the risk of mistakes that can lead to inaccurate and/or ineffective translations. This is especially true for technical translation projects. Common translation mistakes can result in serious loss of face in certain cultures, damaging a company’s reputation and standing—not... Read More