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Website translation: 7 steps to choosing the best languages for your business

Website translation: 7 steps to choosing the best languages for your business people, diversity

In 2022, around 1.5 billion people worldwide currently speak English, just a bit more than the number of Mandarin Chinese speakers (at 1.1 billion). However, unlike many other languages, the percentage of native speakers is surprisingly low – at around 400 million.   It can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking it’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

Neglect Languages and Miss Out on So Much More

Neglect Languages and Miss Out on So Much More

Learning languages has become quite a controversial topic in the U.K. recently, since Brexit negotiations began. In the last five years, there has been a 19% drop in the take up of language GCSEs, fewer primary schools are teaching languages and motivation, in general, has seen a downturn. We are passionate about reversing these figures […]

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