03.16.17

Dutch Translation for Tourists

If you’re ever on holiday in the Netherlands, you’re in luck. English is spoken almost everywhere, and as a general rule it’s spoken very well. Even so, as a polite guest, you might want to know a little about the Dutch language and Dutch translation. Before we delve into all of that, we should get […]

03.16.17

McDonald’s Used Automated Translation of Hmong Language

The billboards displayed in St. Paul, Minnesota touted the restaurant chain’s breakfast offerings in the Hmong language. But native speakers said the ad slogan’s incorrect syntax renders it nonsensical. Back in 2012, McDonald’s Corporation apologized for a pair of St. Paul billboards whose Hmong language text has been faulted for its mangled language translation. Members of […]

03.15.17

Farsi vs. Arabic: A Look at How the Two Languages Match Up

A lot of times when people find out I speak Arabic, I get asked the following question: “Is Arabic the same as Farsi?” The answer is no — Arabic is not the same as Farsi — but I usually go into a bit more detail than that because I like people to get a feel for these […]

03.15.17

Role of a Language Translator

When asking yourself what the role of a language translator is, it’s possible you’d come up with an answer as simple as this: A translator’s role is to convert text from the source language into the target language. You’d be surprised to discover that there’s much more to it. In his book Translation as a […]