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Portuguese: are we going to Brazil or to Portugal?

Portuguese is spoken by about 250 Million people worldwide. In the translation industry, most of the work we do is intended for either Brazil or Portugal. Portuguese is spoken in a number of African countries as well. But most companies do not target their localization efforts to poor countries like Angola, even though Portuguese is …

Localizing for Europe’s Small Countries

When it comes to countries, bigger isn’t always better. Although Europe’s smallest countries are tiny enough to be overlooked, each of them has a fascinating history and many intriguing attractions to discover, from beautiful scenery to historic cities to excellent museums. Read on to learn more about Europe’s seven smallest countries, the languages spoken in …

Localizing for Scandinavia

Scandinavia is a region in Northern Europe which is comprised of five countries: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Finland. The combined population of these countries is about 27 million. Which is far less than the populations of single Western European countries like Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia and the UK. Localizing for Scandinavia means translating …

10 Yiddish Words that Infiltrated the English Language

Yiddish is mainly spoken today by several hundred thousand Hasidic Jews in the USA and in Israel. It is a Germanic dialect which is written using the Hebrew alphabet. Yiddish, which means Jewish, was spoken by several million people before World War II. Yiddish is commonly referred to by Ashkenazi Jews as “Mama Loshon,” which …

10 Hebrew Words that have no English translation

One of the problems that face translators is that some words have no equivalent in other languages. This can also pose a challenge to people who are non-native speakers of a language, since second language speakers tend to process spoken language through internalized translation. Hebrew is one of the most ancient languages in existence. But …

How German Became the Money Language

Europe being the epitome of the diverse ancient background has twenty-four official languages, with Russian being the first, German second and French third. The classical list doesn’t stop here as the state also has more than 60 regional and minority languages. This undeniably powerful language, German, is challenging to learn but offers many benefits that …

6 Korean YouTube Channels to Help You Learn Korean

South Korea has now become a top country many people want to visit. It’s the land of the exciting K-Pop, K-dramas, world-famous kimchi, 12-step skincare routine, tech giants Samsung – you name it. And if you plan to visit the country or simply just to feel even more connected with the culture, the Korean language …

Google launches new app to preserve endangered languages

A new Google application has been developed with the aim of preserving and teaching indigenous languages which are also endangered. This includes Maori, Creole, Yiddish, Yugambeh and others. The app is written in open source, and learning is done by photographing objects and translating them in real time. This was announced this week on the …

6 of the Easiest Languages for English Speakers to Learn

You know you want to learn another language. But of all the fascinating and beautiful languages in the world, which one do you pick? While it’s a challenge to learn any new language, some are much easier for English speakers to master than others. By choosing a language that’s relatively easy to learn, you can …

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