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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...

The silicon revolution has changed just about every industry in the world. With the rise of information technology and the corresponding surge of developments in telecommunications and data processing, the way we all live and work has changed almost beyond recognition. The translation industry is no exception – and the benefits are real, for translators and their customers alike. So what are those benefits, and where exactly are they coming from? That’s what we’ll be looking...

As we previously established in our latest LinkedIn Pulse article “Will machine translation ever replace human translators?”, translation is undoubtedly a creative pursuit. On the other hand, any agency will tell you that, in business terms, it’s a process that can be systematised and standardised for maximum efficiency. It almost sounds like these two facts conflict with each other – so conflict an inevitable part of the business? Not at all. It would be easy...