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The future of automatic online translation: How can it help us, and will it make human translators obsolete?

By: Andrea Capuselli

Early online translation services, such as Google Translate, tried their best but were littered with errors, often with hilarious consequences. It stayed this way for over a decade until a major breakthrough was made; something that changed online translation forever.

That something was Neural Machine Translation (NMT), and it’s about to shape the future of communication as we know it.

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Translation Service DeepL adds Glossary feature to customize translations

By: Andrea Capuselli

Translation service DeepL just announced the introduction of the new glossary feature on the site to improve translations further.

DeepL was established in 2017 as an alternative to Google Translate, Microsoft Translate and other translation services. The developers promised that translations would be more human-like than those of competing services; several blind tests were conducted by DeepL to confirm the claim.

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Coronavirus messaging translators step up in their communities to fight against misinformation

By: Andrea Capuselli

Vincent Uwimana did not set out intending to be the go-to source of coronavirus health information for his Congolese community. But when he discovered some people were relying on traditional medicines to prevent coronavirus — like inhaling onion, orange, and hot water — the 26-year-old knew he had to do something.

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SDL Trados Studio 2021 to Offer Hybrid of Both Online and Offline Capabilities

By: Andrea Capuselli

SDL (LSE: SDL), the intelligent language and content company, today announces the upcoming launch of SDL Trados Studio 2021. For the first time, the power of SDL’s market-leading desktop translation software will be enhanced by innovative cloud-based translation and project management capabilities, delivered through SDL Trados Live, a new solution powered by SDL Language Cloud.

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Amazon this week introduced a translation feature for Sponsored Brands

By: Andrea Capuselli

Advertisers can now display Sponsored Brands ads same as the user’s language. The translation feature is currently available for the following languages and regions: Spanish in United States, French in Canada, English in Germany, English and Simplified Chinese in Japan, and Hindi in India.

All the world’s a stage: Culture in translation

By: Andrea Capuselli

As someone who’s had the privilege of being raised in an environment where learning many languages and being exposed to different cultures was not only encouraged, but often facilitated, the idea that emotions and experiences feel very different depending on the language and context, is quite a recurring theme in my life. I found it ridiculously endearing when I first learned in French that to “miss someone” was described as “you are missing from me”, a fact which seemed to strengthen the idea that relationships involve a relation between two individuals, between two counterparts. I was often confused at the claims made by people who commented on the harshness of the German language, that it spurred in them a recollection of aggressive experiences and emotions. Funny, to me German had always seemed soft, soothing, and comforting. But then again, my years living in the country lie amongst the fondest of my childhood memories…

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Beautiful Passages: An Interview with Booker-Longlisted Translator Michele Hutchison

By: Andrea Capuselli

Michele Hutchison recently quipped on Twitter that she posts annual reminders on social media about the correct spelling of her name because “no one ever gets it right.” Yet, for the talented Dutch to English translator, 2020 is already shaping up to be the year that this all changes. In recent weeks, Hutchison was awarded the prestigious Vondel Prize for her “sure-footed, propulsive” translation of Sander Kollaard’s Stage Four, and her translation of Marieke Lucas Rijneveld’s explosive debut novel, The Discomfort of Evening, was longlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize. Amsterdam-based Hutchison has translated over thirty-five books, co-written a book on the benefits of Dutch-style parenting, and is an active and generous member of the European literary translation community. Several years ago, Michele also read and thoughtfully critiqued my own translations of Marieke Lucas Rijneveld’s poetry. Following the announcement of the International Booker longlist, I was eager to reignite our conversation on Rijneveld’s work, and learn more about her prize-winning translation of Kollaard’s extraordinary novel.

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Mil y una noches y un millón de palabras

By: Andrea Capuselli

Salvador Peña, profesor de Árabe de la Universidad de Málaga, presentó hace unos días la segunda edición de las ‘Mil y una noches’, un trabajo ingente que le ha llevado siete años y medio y por el que ha obtenido el Premio Nacional de Traducción

Lea la nota completa en La Opinión de Málaga

Found in translation: Fiona Rintoul on the art and craft of the literary translator

By: Andrea Capuselli

There is, literally, a whole world out there that remains closed to us if we refuse to engage with subtitles – or any other kind of translation. It is dazzling and wondrous, and all that stands between us and it is that one inch of effort, less if we are reading a good translation of a book.

Read the full piece on the Scotland Herald

Rumi’s translator

By: Andrea Capuselli
With the publication of his Urdu translation of Rumi’s Masnavi, 97-year-old poet and translator Syed Ahmed Esar feels that he has accomplished everything he set out to do.

The Argentinian LSP Landscape

By: Andrea Capuselli

Nimdzi conducted this research project in cooperation with Translated in Argentina (TINA) and  the Argentine Association of Language Services (AASL). The goal was to provide an overview of the language service provider (LSP) market in Argentina in 2019.

Find the report here

English Translation of Bedros Keljik’s Armenian-American Sketches Published

By: Andrea Capuselli

Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Berberian Coordinator of the Armenian Studies Program, announced that the English translation of Bedros Keljik’s Armenian-American Sketches has been published by the Armenian Series of The Press, at California State University, Fresno.

“Keljik’s stories offer us a glimpse into the soul of the Armenian people, whether in their historic homeland or finding their way in America.” Bishop Daniel Findikyan, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern).

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An Indian entrepreneur’s venture ArabEasy, is giving the Middle East translation industry a new-age spin

By: Andrea Capuselli

Launched in 2017, the translation service provider claims to be best known for not only high-quality translation but for also for being the fastest service provider and for its ability to deliver to its clients all 365 days a year, with holidays and festivals being no exception.

Read the feature on the Hindustan Times.

Launched in 2017, the translation service provider claims to be best known for not only high-quality translation but for also for being the fastest service provider and for its ability to deliver to its clients all 365 days a year, with holidays and festivals being no exception.

Can you answer these questions about your translation project? (FAQ)

By: Andrea Capuselli

When you have a translation project ready to go, here are some of the questions you’ll likely be asked — certainly by me, but also by other translators. In most cases, translators need to see the documents before giving you a quote, but even with the documents, we need your input to provide a translation that meets your needs.

Read the full guide for outsourcers and end clients here.

Hospitals Have Left Many COVID-19 Patients Who Don’t Speak English Alone, Confused and Without Proper Care

By: Andrea Capuselli

Covid pandemic coverage — When a woman who didn’t speak English arrived at the overrun emergency room of a Brooklyn hospital last week, she was initially placed in a unit for patients who didn’t have the coronavirus.

But on Thursday, a doctor realized she had a cough and fever and should be treated for COVID-19. The doctor brought her over to the coronavirus unit with a warning: “Good luck. She speaks Hungarian.” She died the following night.

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Google Fixes Gender Bias in Google Translate (Again)

By: Andrea Capuselli

Gender bias in machine translation (MT) is one of the many research topics being eagerly explored by academics and industry stakeholders alike, as teams of researchers are publishing a flurry of MT papers in the run-up to the 2020 Annual Conference of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).

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Veronica Prpic-Uhing dies at the age of 73

By: Veronica Prpic Uhing

Hello, my name is Jimmy Uhing, I am the son of Veronica Prpic-Uhing. She was a very active member of ProZ for a time and as a translator. I am sad to announce that she passed away last week. We wanted to notify those that may have known and worked with her:

Veronica “Vera” Prpic-Uhing, 73, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, passed away on May 4th, 2020 at Hock Family Pavilion in Durham, NC. She was born in Oroslavje, Croatia (former Yugoslavia) on January 24th, 1947, to Katica and Miroslav Prpić.

Read her obituary here: https://www.hallwynne.com/obituaries/Veronica-Prpic-Uhing?obId=12951696

Translation Services Market Increasing Demand with Leading Player, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast 2026

By: Andrea Capuselli

The Translation Services Market is analyzed in depth in the report, with the primary aim of providing accurate market data and useful recommendations so that players can achieve strong growth in the future. The report is compiled by experts and experienced market analysts, which makes it very authentic and reliable. Readers have a thorough analysis of historical and future market scenarios to get a good understanding of market competition and other important issues. The report provides comprehensive information on market dynamics, key segments, key players and various regional markets. It is a complete set of in-depth analysis and research on the Translation Services market.

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Now on Github: New Speech-to-speech Translation Toolkit

By: Andrea Capuselli

As speech-to-speech translation (ST) has become a prominent area of interest in recent machine translation (MT) research, a group of researcher-developers have made their end-to-end speech processing toolkit publicly available to other developers.

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Doing business under covid-19: Going online to weather the storm

By: Andrea Capuselli

Covid pandemic coverage — Business is booming for many aspects of the language industry, especially online translations. This is in large part due to the requirements of scientists, academics and medical professionals working around the world to stem the tide of the global COVID-19 pandemic. All of the research, the latest breakthroughs, and the research and analysis of these medical professionals must be quickly and accurately translated and then distributed to similar communities around the globe. Medical translation is also needed in the medical device industry as medical devices such as testing kits need to be accurately translated for it to be used properly by all countries affected by the pandemic.

Live interpreters are less in demand, though there are still exceptions, most notably in the medical, political, and public relations arena where communications must continue. Even here however, more and more of the work is being conducted via video conferencing and using other online means to prevent the need for gathering together unnecessarily. Translation agencies and even freelance translators and interpreters working online are experiencing an increased demand for their services when other industries falter.

Read the full piece here.



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