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The Real Meaning Behind The 'Macarena' Will Crush Your '90s Soul

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 09.02.2015 | Latino Voices

Things are about get real for “Macarena” fans. Spanish pop duo Los del Río released the hit song in 1994, since then its ...

MIT Scientists Discover A Universal 'Link' Between All Languages

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 08.07.2015 | Science

Of the roughly 6,500 spoken languages in the world, not one commonality has been found connecting them all together -- until now. Researcher...

A Harem of Translators: Isaac Bashevis Singer at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 07.31.2015 | Books
Pamela Feinsilber

Singer wanted a translator who wouldn't share the spotlight, and thus began his employment over the years of some 40 unknown women, a few of whom didn't even speak Yiddish.

Has Skype's Translation Technology Been Previewed Too Early?

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 05.20.2015 | Technology
Jonha Revesencio

By releasing the software to members of the public, Skype may have done some serious damage to their reputation, regardless of the advances they have made in translation technology and the years of research spent on it. They will have to work quickly before the service is released beyond the preview stage if they want to outshine Google.

We Still Need Literature In Translation. Here's Why.

Minae Mizumura | Posted 06.02.2015 | Books
Minae Mizumura

The Makioka Sisters opens with a scene where two sisters are whispering about yet another prospect of an arranged marriage for the third sister, Yukik...

9/11 Defendants Claim Military Commission Translator Assisted CIA Torture

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

It didn't take long for the Guantanamo military commission in the 9/11 case to stumble again -- this time when two of the accused co-conspirators said they recognized a translator in the courtroom from their time in a CIA black site.

Google Translate Update May Save You A Lot Of Money

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 01.14.2015 | Technology

Your smartphone is about to become your best friend when traveling, even if you don't want to shell out big bucks for an international data plan.

Book of the Year: Guantanamo

David Shook | Posted 02.15.2015 | Books
David Shook

Guantanamo is a powerful reminder that language is an instrument of power, equally capable of humanizing and dehumanizing others. Guantanamo itself, with its strange, off-the-books location on Cuba and its strict policy of secrecy, bears witness to the impunity of the powerful.

4 Strategies NASA Used to Market the Moon

Markus Giesler | Posted 01.31.2015 | Business
Markus Giesler

Most people look at NASA as a space agency and at my childhood projects as natural activities. However, NASA is probably one of the most successful marketing agencies in the 20th century and my childhood is evidence of its enduring influence on society.

Poetry in Translation: A Conversation With Care Santos

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 01.18.2015 | Books
Julie R. Enszer

Santos's collection, Dissection, translated into English by Lawrence Schimel, has just been published by A Midsummer Night's Press as a part of its new Periscope imprint. Recently, I talked with Santos about her work as a poet.

Poetry in Translation: A Conversation With Jana Putrle Srdić

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 01.11.2015 | Books
Julie R. Enszer

Putrle's collection, Anything Could Happen, translated into English by Barbara Jurša, has just been published by A Midsummer Night's Press as a part of its new Periscope imprint.

'Alex from Target': Can I Do This With My Brand?

Markus Giesler | Posted 01.04.2015 | Business
Markus Giesler

The success or failure of an innovation lies therefore no longer in Alex from Target, his cuteness, or the humor that is portrayed in the photo, but rather in the hands of multiple actors who may deal with Alex very differently. Some people will adore him. Others will caricature him.

Round Two Will Be Even Harder

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

A mere four weeks lie ahead of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) second open enrollment period and all eyes are on Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell to avoid the glitches that plagued efforts last fall.

A Fight for Awareness in the Age of Globalization

Francoise Henderson | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Francoise Henderson

When it comes to an infectious disease like Ebola, education is just as important as aid.

Judge Orders State To Take Additional Steps To Help Those With Limited English Vote

AP | By BECKY BOHRER | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered the state to take additional steps to provide voting materials to Alaska Native voters with ...

5 Quick Tips If Your Trip Is Lost in Translation

Travelzoo | Posted 10.20.2014 | Travel
Travelzoo

Without linguistic mix-ups, I would perhaps never have tasted chicken-heart pizza in Brazil nor entered into a wager with a one-armed pool player from Italy (he beat me, if you must know). But there are times when all you want is to be understood.

British-American Translation

Robin Koerner | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Everyone knows the old saw, attributed to George Bernard Shaw, "Britain and America are two countries, divided by a common language." Fortunately, there is a simple formula for translating between them: the British understate, while the Americans overstate.

Confessions of a Translator: The PEN Ten With Michael F. Moore

PEN American Center | Posted 09.28.2014 | Books
PEN American Center

I sometimes have to translate a sex scene, which makes me squeamish. I want to cover my eyes with my hands, but then I wouldn't be able to type.

Best Practice in Business

Stacey Cole | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business
Stacey Cole

The term 'best practices' can be a confusing one, but it can also be a limiting one if you don't pause to reconsider it on a regular basis.

Why So Many Translators Hate Translation Technology

Nataly Kelly | Posted 08.19.2014 | Technology
Nataly Kelly

It would seem that every professional translator on earth would be eager to use technology to streamline their work, speed up the translation process, and make their lives better. This is not always the case.

A Lesson About the Eastern Mindset

Stacey Cole | Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact
Stacey Cole

Understand how your own thinking works and how those processes might be related to your own cultural background and upbringing. If you can see your own 'source code' you will have a much better chance of perceiving and understanding someone else's.

As the Internet Becomes More Global, Language Matters More than Ever

Nataly Kelly | Posted 08.11.2014 | Technology
Nataly Kelly

As more people come online in various parts of the world, leading businesses will remain in a constant race to keep up with the languages needed to reach the same percentage of potential customers they reach today.

Lost and Found in Translation

Marjorie Freimuth | Posted 07.30.2014 | Travel
Marjorie Freimuth

From my adult students, I hear hectic work stories and anecdotes about their spouses and children, and I've congratulated them on birthdays and babies. And yet, all of this takes place in my linguistic comfort zone, not theirs.

Beatlemania: Abbey Road, Language and English as a Second Language

Stacey Cole | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Stacey Cole

Abbey Road by The Beatles is not only a fine collection of rock music, it's also a popular tool in ESL classes because of its unique linguistic properties.

How to Write Software That Is Ready for the World

Brian M. Kelly | Posted 07.20.2014 | Technology
Brian M. Kelly

Writing software that can easily be localized at a later stage isn't terribly hard, as long as you start with the end in mind. Use the following techniques to greatly minimize the amount of work required when you eventually take your software product global.