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At the Olympics, languages compete for gold as well.

The Queen’s English took a backseat at the Olympics in London Visitors to London’s 2012 Olympics may have noticed that at the opening ceremony all the main speeches were in French. So, too, were the medal awards. There was no need for language translation services, though, because everything was repeated in English. According to a…

Why professional translation services rarely include Esperanto

Professional translation services rarely include Esperanto, because, despite the best of intentions, Esperanto has taken on the reputation of an “artificial” language. Unscientific estimates of the number of Esperanto speakers in the world today range from above 20,000 to less than 2 million. Esperanto has been around for over 125 years. The brainchild of Dr.…

Keylingo offers Pennsylvania translation services in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh

Translating material from one foreign language to another can be tricky. As an example, a person wrote to friends in Norway in Norwegian and wanted to tell them the record of the soccer team at the college where he worked. Later, he learned that he had used the Norwegian word for “neckties” for “ties.” Fortunately,…

A Few Interesting Facts About Translation Services in the Contemporary World

A big part of providing translation services is keeping in touch with what’s going on globally when it comes to translation. Although translation is an art that has existed since ancient times, languages keep changing and translation has to evolve as well.  The demands on translation today are different than they were a hundred or…

Houston translation services and Hispanic customer creation

If your Hispanic target market is Texas’ largest city, Houston (metro population 6 million+), you’re in exactly the right place. To reach that market you’ll need to employ Houston translation services. Houston Hispanic stats Consider the following stats from the HispanicAd.com on potential Spanish speaking customers: Hispanic population: 2.4 million (about one-third of the total…

The three branches of linguistics and why all good translators should know them

The Study of Language Form Although linguistics is a really broad field covering the study of language in all its forms, it can be essentially broken down into three parts.  The first part is the study of language form, which includes morphology—the study of words and how they are composed, syntax—the study of how these…

Morphology and why it’s key for good translation

What is Morphology? One of the branches of linguistics is morphology i.e., the study of word formations.  We may think that a word is the smallest unit of language, but, often, a word can be divided into two or more units.  Take, for example, the word “smallest” itself and you will see that it’s composed…

The Importance of Language Contact on Translation Services

Nowadays, we generally associate different countries with different languages.  Some countries have one dominant language which is spoken throughout e.g., in the United States, English is the dominant language.  However, in other parts of the world, many languages are spoken within one country.  In terms of the Western world, Switzerland is a good example because…

The relationship between translation and etymology

The word “etymology” comes from the Greek “etymon” which means “true sense” and “logia” which means “study of.”  However, etymology doesn’t necessarily mean studying the true meanings of words.  Rather, it refers to a historical study of how a certain word originated, something which can be very useful when it comes to providing translation services.…