The translation field is growing in double digits. Become a translator in 2015 and join the ranks of people we love working with. Translation is a career that isn’t for everyone: You need to be bilingual or multilingual to start, then spend time learning the art and science of translation. Ideally, you are also trained in another profession, which you specialize in.
Did You Know That Many English Words Come from Arabic?
It’s true. Some of the most common words we use are Arabic in origin. We thought it might be fun to do a little quiz to see if you could tell which of the following groups of words are Arabic in origin. In each group, two are Arabic and one is not. Guess which word is not Arabic, and you are allowed to think you’re smart.
Old People Complaining About Young People — Nothing Changes
Ha’, tlhIngan jatlh.
Klingon fans rejoice! You’ve been diligently learning a made-up language for years, only to experience the misunderstanding of mainstream society. But now…
chenmoH Hol Qat!
Made up languages are popular! The well-known machine translator, Bing, offers Klingon as a legitimate language choice (go ahead, try it out with the phrases we’ve included) and Living Languages now includes Dothraki as a language you can learn using their system. LanguageTran hasn’t yet hired an English to Klingon translator yet, but…well…it does seem like that’s the direction the culture is moving in. I wouldn’t get an advanced degree in Klingon or Dothraki just yet, but all signs are pointing to being able to do that one day…
Not All French is the Same…
You’ve done it. You’ve worked hard and landed a deal with that company in Montreal, and now it’s time to visit them and celebrate all that hard work and cement your new business relationship. Thank goodness you studied French in high school, right? And, anyway, Quebec is part of Canada, so everyone will speak English anyway, won’t they?
Well, sort of. First, it’s great that you have some basic French in your pocket, because it will be much appreciated in Montreal. It’s true that it’s a very bilingual city, and that most people speak English. but Quebec has a strong French heritage, and a knowledge of French, especially some key Quebecois phrases, will help you a great deal.
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You May Need To Learn a Language — Fast
There are many reasons to learn a language: for work, for a promotion, because you want to travel, and sometimes, for love. Some people just want the challenge (Tim Ferriss is a good example of this.) But whatever the reason, you can accumulate all the tools you need, but if you don’t know how to use them, you’ll be slogging along for countless hours. Probably more than a little frustrated.
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