Demand for Russian Outside US-Russia Relations

I am sometimes asked how the interactions between Russia and the US will affect the demand for Russian translation and interpreting. The political climate certainly impacts language services by affecting trade and international cooperation. However, English and Russian are not the exclusive purview of Russia and the US. Here are some areas where Russian is needed independently of … Continue reading Demand for Russian Outside US-Russia Relations

Shortcomings of (Untrained) Native Translators

Should translations be done exclusively by native speakers of the target ("into") language? This question has recently come up in several publications. The language industry and training programs in the US predominantly answer in the affirmative. I have speculated about some possible reasons for this attitude. A recent article in the American Translators Association (ATA) … Continue reading Shortcomings of (Untrained) Native Translators

Are Your Corporate Materials Localization-Ready?

US-headquartered corporations will often want to expand their operations overseas. At the same time, few of them internationalize their corporate communications and training materials. In other words, the original content was authored with the US in mind, and when the company decides to publish this content abroad -- to localize it for other markets -- … Continue reading Are Your Corporate Materials Localization-Ready?

3 Checks For Your Automated Translation (If You Can’t Help Using It)

Bad automated translations have become infamous on the Internet. Business are advised against using "raw" machine translation. Finally, you might have read about an embarrassing mistranslation that made it onto the official site of a Spanish food festival. To grossly simplify the mechanism, machine translation is normally a combination of substitution rules and large corpora (collections) … Continue reading 3 Checks For Your Automated Translation (If You Can’t Help Using It)