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CATs who don’t meow: Software for Technical Translations

By |September 13th, 2010|

The acronym CAT is used quite often in the world of technical translations. Despite the way of writing and reading it, this is not related to our furry friends. CAT stands for “Computer Assisted Translation” and is a form of translation where a human being translates texts using computer software designed to support and facilitate the translation process. This is particularly helpful when it comes to technical translations, as the relevant documents often have a high percentage of repetitions.

Most of the CAT software programmes store previous translated source texts and their equivalent target text in a database (Translation Memory – […]

Does sarcasm translate?

By |January 26th, 2015|

By Sharon       

Does sarcasm translate?

By |January 26th, 2015|

By Sharon       

Does sarcasm translate?

By |January 26th, 2015|

By Sharon       

Does sarcasm translate?

By |January 26th, 2015|

By Sharon       

Does sarcasm translate?

By |January 26th, 2015|

By Sharon       

Does sarcasm translate?

By |January 26th, 2015|

By Emma Wilberforce       

Does sarcasm translate?

By |January 26th, 2015|

We’ve all made that sarcastic remark from time to time and in fact it is a very British characteristic which you don’t usually notice until you’re not around British people, as I have found out on a couple of occasions.

This time, I was texting someone from Germany and slotted in a remark, which actually wasn’t intended as sarcasm, however he misinterpreted it as such and said how he didn’t think it translated very well in a message.

It made me think – despite the amount of emoticons now available on messaging systems, how some messages just don’t translate. They are designed […]

Business etiquette in Arabic speaking countries

By |January 12th, 2015|

Arabic dress differs greatly in many parts of the Arab World. In Lebanon and Syria, Western-style clothing is commonplace. In Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States, the ghutra (head cloth) and thobe (long, generally white, flowing robe) are the standard.

It is not necessary for Westerners to dress in traditional Arabic outfits. Few Arab business people would expect this or even desire it. It is, however, necessary to make sure that one’s own outfit is customarily modest. While levels of modesty vary from one part of the Arab World to the next.

Taking time to understand the religion, politics and social structure of the Arabic world […]

Christmas around the world: Which countries will have spent the most online?

By |January 8th, 2015|

According to E Commerce News, Europeans will have spent £1.67 billion online this Christmas

Country
E Shoppers
Yearly e-commerce spend
Services
Goods
Xmas e-commerce Spend
Rise of

Germany
42 million
39 billion euros
60%
40%
10 billion
25%

France
34 million
40billion euros
48%
52%
11.1 billion
19%

UK
41 million
107.1 billion euros
45%
55%
17.4 billion
16.24%

With the top three biggest spenders which were predicted to be:

Germany

France

UK
CHINA

China’s Online Spending Is Growing Fastest in the Interior – See more at: http://www.alizila.com/chinas-online-spending-growing-fastest-interior#sthash.yxRjwtOY.dpuf would reach €39.0 billion ($52 billion) and expected Christmas spending to account for more than one-quarter of that, at €10 billion ($13.33 billion). These totals represent gains of 17.0% and 18.0%, respectively, in a single year.

The HDE emphasized a positive long-term trend for online buying as well. According […]

Christmas around the world: Celebrating Christmas in Russia

By |January 6th, 2015|

Seven interesting facts you may not know!

1:Christmas in Russia is normally celebrated on the 7th January in alignment with the Russian orthodox Julian Calender.

2: The Russian “advent” lasts for 40 days, starting on the 28th November and ending on the 6th January.

3: The official Christmas holidays in Russia are from the 31st of December until the 10th of January.

4: In Russian Happy/Merry Christmas is ‘s rah-zh-dee-st-VOHM’ (C рождеством!) or ‘s-schah-st-lee-vah-vah rah-zh dee-st-vah’ (Счастливого рождества!).

5: On Christmas Day, hymns and carols are sung. People gather in churches which have been decorated with the usual Christmas trees or Yelka, flowers and coloured lights.

6: Christmas […]

Christmas around the World: Celebrating Christmas in Japan

By |December 22nd, 2014|

You’d just Love celebrating Christmas in Japan
The major religions in Japan are Buddhism and Shinto and with less than 1% of the Japanese population being Christian, Christmas is more of a commercial event with the main celebrations revolving around Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Although Christmas is not a national holiday in Japan with shops and companies opening as normal, the Japanese have adopted parts of this Western tradition into their December calender. Walking through Japan throughout the Christmas season,  you would be greeted with the usual Christmas music, decorations and seasonal foods that you would find in the West and […]

Christmas around the World: What languages will online shoppers be using this Christmas?

By |December 11th, 2014|

By Sharon       

Christmas around the World: What languages will online shoppers be using this Christmas?

By |December 11th, 2014|

By Sharon       

Christmas around the World: What languages will online shoppers be using this Christmas?

By |December 11th, 2014|

By Sharon       

Christmas around the World: What languages will online shoppers be using this Christmas?

By |December 11th, 2014|

By Sharon       

Christmas around the World: What languages will online shoppers be using this Christmas?

By |December 11th, 2014|

By Sharon       

Christmas around the World: What languages will online shoppers be using this Christmas?

By |December 11th, 2014|

By Sharon       

Christmas around the World: What languages will online shoppers be using this Christmas?

By |December 11th, 2014|

By Sharon       

Christmas around the World: What languages will online shoppers be using this Christmas?

By |December 11th, 2014|

By Sharon       

Christmas around the World: What languages will online shoppers be using this Christmas?

By |December 11th, 2014|

By Sharon       

Christmas around the World: What languages will online shoppers be using this Christmas?

By |December 11th, 2014|

By Sharon       

Christmas around the World: What languages will online shoppers be using this Christmas?

By |December 11th, 2014|

By Sharon       

Christmas around the World: What languages will online shoppers be using this Christmas?

By |December 11th, 2014|

By Sharon       

Christmas around the World: What languages will online shoppers be using this Christmas?

By |December 11th, 2014|

By Sharon       

Christmas around the World: What languages will online shoppers be using this Christmas?

By |December 11th, 2014|

By Sharon