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Machine vs. Human

Machine vs. Human

As recognized by machine translation software designers, “even today’s most sophisticated software, however, doesn’t … possess the skill of a professional translator. Automatic translation is very difficult, as the meaning of words depends on the context in which...

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ThoughtExchange Case Study

ThoughtExchange Case Study

ThoughtExchange had seen excellent growth initially, but the leadership team had aggressive plans for sales; they recognized that an English-only user interface would hinder their ability to move into regional markets in eastern Canada, the southern USA, and Latin America.

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Ramius Case Study

Ramius Case Study

Having adapted to marketplace changes several times since their founding in 1998, Ramius developed Sixtent, a social networking system for enterprises that engages stakeholders through collaborative tools. The system offers unparalleled user control and privacy, performance, scalability, security, and flexibility.

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JSI Telecom Inc. Case Study

JSI Telecom Inc. Case Study

JSI Telecom needs to translate highly sensitive information for law enforcement and intelligence agencies. This requires exacting, high-quality reliability and attention to detail in translations in a range of languages, such as French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, and Arabic.

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Chinese. Dialects & Regional Variations

Chinese. Dialects & Regional Variations

The spoken forms of Mandarin and Cantonese are so distinct as to be mutually unintelligible, while the written forms of simplified and traditional Chinese differ sufficiently to cause difficulty of understanding when used in the wrong target audience.

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Portuguese. Dialects & Regional Variations

Portuguese. Dialects & Regional Variations

English to Portuguese translations are fraught with potential pitfalls for translators who are unaware of the differences between Brazilian Portuguese and the dialect of Portuguese spoken in Portugal and the former Portuguese colonies (“European Portuguese”). While...

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Spanish. Dialects & Regional Variations

Spanish. Dialects & Regional Variations

American Spanish and peninsular Spanish are mutually intelligible, but they have enough differences that Spanish translations into the wrong dialect will sound awkward to native speakers. Beyond basic differences in pronunciation, the two dialects also vary in word usage, phrase construction, grammar, and colloquialisms.

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Have you ever wondered where Canada’s accent comes from?

Have you ever wondered where Canada’s accent comes from?

There is, in fact, a unique Canadian way of speaking and, despite its subtlety, it remains remarkably resilient. Over the last several decades, the increasing inter-connectivity of the world has threatened a number of local dialects across the world, the Canadian accent is stubbornly persistent: “Canadian linguistic identity is here to stay on the long term.”

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