Dead Languages of the World

A language is called a dead language when it is no longer spoken by people as their main language. In contrast to extinct languages that cease to have any speakers, dead languages may continue to be used in legal, scientific and religious fields. Besides Latin, Sanskrit, Biblical Hebrew, Coptic, Avestan and Old Church Slavonic among others are dead languages which are largely used for religious functions. An extinct language is a language that no longer has any speakers or that is no longer in current use. Extinct languages are sometimes contrasted with dead languages, which are still known and used in special contexts in written form, but not as ordinary […]

Top Ten Languages on the Internet

Many languages are widely spoken in the world. It takes a great deal of effort learning a new language enough to interact effectively. The most powerful medium through which it is possible to interact with people of different cultures from across the world is the Internet. With increased globalization, cross cultural communication has become indispensible especially for online businesses. Most websites today are in English, a language that is understood only by one third of the world population. However, the importance of communicating in native language is being realized by shrewd businesses that strive to translate websites in different languages and transcend cultural barriers. How do we get right translation service provider […]

Reaching New Markets through Languages and Translation

In today’s world of open economy, researching on new markets and competitors whilst adapting to different business practices is the key to success of any business. If you confine your business in a particular area, there is a likelihood of losing your potentiality in your business sector. To communicate with the people in different regions of the world, it is important that you understand and use their language effectively. This is where professional translation servicescome in, assisting you with your translation needs for effective communication within your business fraternity. But many businesses take translation as a quick, easy and straightforward procedure. They don’t put much emphasis on it and hire an […]

New Year: New Opportunities – Website Translations

A recent survey revealed that only 18 percent of non-English speaking European customers are willing to avail services or buy products from a website which is not written in their mother tongue while 82 percent of the consumers do not want to visit a website containing information in English. This result signifies the importance of website translation in increasing your revenues and sales. European countries are potential markets where there is demand for numerous products. The number of consumers is huge and their requirement of products is versatile. If you can reach the customers of this market, you can double the size of your current business. But there is still […]

The Mystery of Euskara

The Basque language (Euskara) is spoken by an estimated 1,000,000 people living in the Basque Country of north-central Spain and southwestern France. About 200,000 Basques live in other parts of the world. Litt le is known of its origins but it is likely that Euskara is the only remnant of the languages spoken in Western Europe before the arrival of the Indo-European languages to the area. Basque is a language genetically isolated as it has no known linguistic relatives. Its grammar is markedly distinct from that of all other western European languages. Before the Roman times there is not a single written word which can be safely regarded as being of Basque origin. […]

Global Village and Translation Services

The world is certainly becoming a global village. It does not really matter where you are in this world. If you would like expand the horizons of your business, you have to spread it around the world diminishing all the boundaries. Difference of language should not stop you from sharing your ideas and service with people of other regions. In order to help you in this undesirable situation translation services are there. They offer services like converting audio, video, manuscript and other documents from one language to another.Today, every company has websites. It is extremely important part of an effective business strategy. To communicate with the people of other tongues, website translation is […]

Language Translation in India; a Sunrise Industry

There has not been a recession for the translation industry in India where the sector is seeing a steady rise in demand as the country is regarded as a great consumer base. Medical translation is currently a blooming business in India thanks to another lucrative business: medical tourism. This is a growing industry that brings around $ 2 billion per year to the local economy. The most popular treatments sought in India by medical tourists are alternative medicine, bone-marrow transplant, cardiac bypass, eye surgery and hip replacement. In the last couple of years, we have seen medical tourists travelling to India from all corners of the world. Patients from countries like […]

Cumbrian Court Interpreters Protest at New Plans

Interpreters in Cumbria will travel to Manchester next week to take part in a protest over plans to contract with one supplier to provide language services at courts and tribunals. After a 12-month procurement process Applied Language Solutions (ALS), a Manchester based translation agency was selected for the contract to provide legal interpreting services. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) wants to streamline the system of sourcing and booking an interpreter, saving money and staff time. ALS says the centralisation of bookings makes it possible to“efficiently and  fairly distribute the work available for each language in a given region.”   However, many independent interpreters say they do not want to be agency workers and […]

Get the Most out of the Olympics

The Olympic Games countdown has started. There are less than 360 days left for the inauguration of the London 2012 and everybody is getting ready to receive the 216 delegations that will take part in this event. The Olympics will bring athletes and spectators from all over the world to London. Without a doubt, language skills will be essential for smooth communication between organizers, participants and the press. Ceremonies, press conferences, drug testing and other official procedures will require translation and interpreting services of the highest standard. This Olympics Games will have two official languages, English and French. Putting aside the official event, there will be a lot of tourism from different […]

Arabic Language and Medical Translation

With over 300 million native speakers of the Arabic language, and ranking 5th in a list of the most influential languages of the world, the need for Arabic medical translation is essential. The well-known language is not only the native language for 26 Middle East and North African states, but also influences many other languages, showing its importance and the need for translations. Having recently visited Jordan, an Arabic speaking country, I can speak for myself and many others when I say that medical translation is imperative. It is likely that when falling ill in a foreign country you would want it to feel like home, or as homely as it […]