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Marketing for Japan – This is How You Do It

Even though you may be familiar with key marketing strategies, have absolute confidence in your product and are satisfied that your game plan works well in Europe, Australia or the USA; when it comes to marketing in Japan you may be left confused and wondering why your tried and tested strategies don’t appear to work …

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5 Top Languages Spoken Globally in 2021

These are the five most common languages spoken globally. Although it is impossible to know the exact number of speakers, thanks to constant secondary foreign language studies and the ongoing growth of varying cultures, this is a very solid estimate based on population statistics. A great number of other languages also have large speaking populations, …

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10 Most Commonly Spoken Foreign Languages in the USA

Although English is the official language of the United States, the rates of bilingual people has steadily risen. In 1980, just over 10 percent of the population was bilingual, according to the US Census Report. That same report now shows that just over 20 percent of the population speaks more than one language. Targeting your …

Interpreter vs Translator

Professional linguists and students of languages can choose from various career paths. Two of the mainstream occupations chosen by linguists are in the fields of interpretation and translation. What is a Linguist? A linguist is a person who studies or has studied language. But this is a very broad definition as there are many kinds …

Six Powerhouse Languages that Expand Your Career Opportunities

Knowing a second language makes your resume more impressive and opens doors to a wide variety of jobs. If you want a career in business, foreign relations, diplomacy, or the military, being proficient in a language other than English can help get you there. Writing and translation jobs also favor those who are bilingual. These …

Impact of the Port Explosion on the Translation Industry in Lebanon

The Covid-19 pandemic in Lebanon is a crisis within a crisis. It occurred amidst a broader socio-economic meltdown that has shaken the country in recent months. This has affected all sectors, including the translation industry. Although the translation sector was already not in its prime, it was doing quite well compared to other industries during …

Chups or Chips? Deciphering Australian and New Zealand English

As a New Zealander traveling the globe, it must be frustrating and tiresome to constantly hear the question “which part of Australia are you from?” To those who can’t call the great country ‘down under’ or the ‘land of the long white cloud’ home, the difference between an Australian and a New Zealand accent is …

5 Ways Twitter Can Boost Your Foreign Language Skills

The fastest and most efficient way of learning a foreign language has always been total immersion, using the language on a daily basis, almost to the exclusion of your mother tongue. For people who are not living in a country where their target language is spoken, this is easier said than done. Luckily for the …

Without impalas and hyenas, the lion cannot be the king of the jungle. The state of the translation industry in East Africa

  Without impalas and hyenas, the lion cannot be the king of the jungle (African Proverb) The translation industry has been dominated by huge players from Europe, North America and East Asia overshadowing important translation initiatives in other parts of the world. But in the rapidly developing region of East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, …

WHAT LANGUAGE BARRIER?  CHINAWOOD – A CINEMA SENSATION ON THE RISE

You have most probably heard of Hollywood and maybe even Bollywood…but what about Chinawood, the aptly given nickname for the Chinese film industry? Did you know that Chinawood is the second largest movie market globally after the United States and boasts a staggering 60,079 movie theater screens across the country compared with 40,000 in the …

TCHAU TUPI, OLÁ PORTUGUÊS! THE BEAUTIFUL BLEND OF BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE

Brazilian Portuguese is a widely spoken language, but what exactly is Brazilian Portuguese? A mix of Brazilian and Portuguese? It is not quite that simple. Fortunately, for those of us who cannot seem to get our head around the complexities of Brazilian Portuguese, there are plenty of brilliant Brazilian Portuguese Voiceover artists to help solve …

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