Category: Languages and Culture

Discover Halloween traditions from around the world

Discover Halloween traditions from around the world

If you’ve bought a pumpkin ready for carving into some spooky shapes or have some wickedly witchy costumes ready for a party this Halloween, have you ever wondered where these traditions originate from? In this blog, we explore Halloween traditions from around the world and seek to uncover the roots of this haunting celebration. What […]

Learnings from a language tree

Learnings from a language tree tree

When studying linguistics, you’ll often come across the use of trees and branches as metaphors for how languages have developed and what their links are. This idea was beautifully captured in a language tree infographic by Swedish illustrator Minna Sundberg and became highly regarded in the linguistics world. We explore what we can learn about […]

Invented languages: Their value in the story

Invented languages: Their value in the story lord of the rings, ring

What do Babm, Blissymbolics, Fremen and Vampirese have in common? Not sure? Perhaps you’ll have a clue if we add Klingon and Esperanto to the list. Yes, they are all examples of invented or constructed languages, languages that have been artificially created by humans rather than evolving naturally over time.   When thinking about these […]

Endangered languages: What we can do to help

Endangered languages: What we can do to help Maasai Men, Indigenous people

While a lot of focus currently is on the conservation of our planet, there’s another sort of conservation that also needs our attention: conservation of culture, or more specifically, our languages. There are approximately 7,000 languages spoken worldwide, but with most of the world speaking only one of 20 languages, 42% of our languages are […]

Why Spanish localisation is relevant for US companies

Why Spanish localisation is relevant for US companies Spanish flag

More than 500 million people worldwide speak Spanish. It is the official language in 21 countries and a significant minority language in four more territories, including the USA. These stats alone should make Spanish localisation a priority for any company looking to grow its reach. However, in this blog, we take a closer look at […]

6 Wonderfully Weird Easter Traditions from Around the World

6 Wonderfully Weird Easter Traditions from Around the World Painted Easter eggs

If you’re in the UK, you may have seen or perhaps bought a batch of hot-cross buns to enjoy on Good Friday or have a few chocolate eggs stashed in your cupboard ready to delight your children on Easter Sunday. These Easter traditions, symbolic of the Christian faith, are pretty well-known to us. However, around […]

5 Valentine’s Day Traditions from Around the World

5 Valentine’s Day Traditions from Around the World Wedding ceremony in China

The 14th of February is more than just exchanging cards and gift flowers with your loved one. Around the globe, we can find a variety of different and meaningful traditions with a historical origin that people still celebrate today. Read on below to learn more about these incredible Valentine’s customs. Mr Jack Valentine, England Every […]

Lingo Around Languages

Lingo Around Languages

Do you know your localisation from your transcreation? Or your neural machine translation from your statistical machine translation? Over the last few weeks, we have been sharing some of the most commonly queried language lingo via our weekly #WordsOnWednesday posts across social media. Below, we’ve compiled our top 8 favourite jargon-busting posts.   Transcreation or […]

Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday and the End of Carnival: The Importance of Localisation

Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday and the End of Carnival: The Importance of Localisation

Did you know that all these different festivities are all linked to the same day? They all mark the lead-up to the following day, Ash Wednesday. This day is the first day of Lent, a Christian period based on penitence and sacrifice that lasts until Easter. Depending on which country we are referring to, we […]

Fun with Words: 5 Types of Wordplay

Fun with Words: 5 Types of Wordplay

Do you know your pangram from your lipogram or your palindrome from your semordnilap? At Mission Translate, we love language and the different ways it can be used to communicate. Here are five forms of English wordplay that we’ve enjoyed puzzling over. 1) Palindrome Probably the wordplay that is the most widely recognised; a palindrome […]

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