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Here at Translators Family, we spend a lot of time praising the virtues of translators – and rightly so. If there were no translators, there would be no translation agencies – in fact, there would be no translation at all. The businesses of the world would be locked into a single language forever and ever. A terrifying thought, we’re sure you’ll agree. But as important as translators are, their job simply wouldn’t be possible without...

Ah, January. The most depressing time of the year? In Europe, at least, it’s got to be a contender. The weather’s cold, the days are short and the sky can sometimes stay flat and grey for weeks on end. It’s an in-between sort of time: on one hand, the Christmas festivities are over, the decorations have come down, and it’s time to go back to work. On the other, there are still months to go...

One of the keys to understanding the translation industry is realising that, on some level, it operates like any other. Not what you expected to hear? That might be because translation is an often misunderstood business. (On the other hand, if it sounds like a statement of the obvious, well, you have our apologies – but we should also congratulate you as well for being so clear-sighted.) Many people still see translation as either a rote...

It’s the most widely-spoken language in the world, but some would say it’s also one of the strangest. Yes, English is the international language of business, science and medicine – it’s even the most popular language in the Eurovision Song Contest – but let’s face it: English is a bit weird, isn’t it? The English language doesn’t seem to believe in things like consistent spelling and pronunciation rules, nor does it ever feel the need...

There are a few magic words that everyone in the translation industry loves. Words like “professionalism”, like “standards” and “experience”. They’re a shorthand for quality and reliability – which is why customers demand them, translators promise them, and agencies test for them (and rigorously, if they in turn are professional about what they do). But as any writer will tell you – and a translator is a very specialised type of writer, among other things...