Translation and Language Industry Observations

What is ChatGPT and what it means to the translation industry?

by David Grunwald What is ChatGPT? ChatGPT is an AI language model developed by OpenAI. It is a conversational AI model trained on a large corpus of text data to generate human-like responses to text inputs. ChatGPT is capable of answering questions, generating text, translating languages, and performing a wide range of language-related tasks. It …

Hmong culture – a unique blend of tradition and modernity

The Hmong language is an ancient language that has been spoken by the Hmong people for centuries. It is a tonal language, meaning that the same word can have different meanings depending on the tone used to pronounce it. Hmong is spoken in China, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar. It is also spoken in the …

Understanding Social Language, Neurodiversity and Translation

by Luke Smith It’s estimated that 15 to 20% of the world’s population is neurodiverse. That simply means that this subset of people thinks differently than what is considered “normal.” Their brains think things through and process information differently. For some, it’s a more obvious difference than others. While there is nothing “wrong” with being …

¿Habla inglés? English Illiteracy Rampant in South Florida

by David Grunwald The US has no official language. So even though English is the defacto national language, there is no federal law that mandates English usage in any official way. This may amaze some readers, but hundreds of thousands of US Latino citizens in South Florida speak no or, at the best, halting English. …

New Feature: Online Quotes for Translation of SRT Files

GTS has rolled out a new feature on our website: you can now get instant price quotes for SRT files in over 80 languages. The process of getting a price quote for translation of SRT files is fast and easy: click here, upload the SRT files and select the languages. The quote and delivery time …

Team Argentina wins match but gets lost in translation

Argentina’s national team did very well and reached the World Cup final with a convincing 3-0 win over Croatia, the reigning runners-up to the world champion. Led by captain Lionel Messi, Argentina’s win was never in doubt. In celebration of the win, team Argentina tweeted a post in several languages to announce their ascent to …

Not All Proper English Looks the Same: Four Reasons Why

by DL Miller If you spend time on the web and you’re sensitive to language, then you have probably noticed that not all blogs and websites follow the same rules. You may have spotted unfamiliar spellings and punctuation on sites that are clearly professionally written and edited. Why is that? It’s because there’s more than …

What are Elon Musk’s plans for globalization of Twitter?

by David Grunwald Billionaire Elon Musk famously bought Twitter for $44 Billion and took the company private. Now what? Twitter is not a profitable company and has been losing money in recent years. Even in the odd year when they did turn a profit, it was very marginal. Twitter has always been about talk and …

The truth about free translation samples

As a translation company sales person or freelance translator, you may be getting requests to provide free samples. If you say yes, then you are probably wasting time and resources for nothing. Hello, We are a law firm and used few human translation companies, but we are not satisfied with the quality of translation. I …

What is an unwritten language and how can AI help translate it?

What is an unwritten language? Simply put, it is a language that is spoken but not written, and therefore has no written form by native speakers of that language. Unwritten languages by their very nature are obscure, and used by very few people. Spain for example has some dialects which are spoken by precious few …

How to automatically transcribe Zoom meetings

Zoom has a function called live transcription that automatically transcribes the audio during the meeting and displays the transcript as subtitles. Using this feature will make it easier for meeting participants to follow the presentation and will make the virtual meeting experience more effective. In this article, we will explain in detail how to automatically …