Translation News

  • Children’s Literature Themes Come Across in Any Language - Adults are picky about the books they read. Often, translations of popular books in other countries don’t become popular in the United States because readers find it difficult to connect with the characters. The English translation of a story about a woman’s strife in Africa to keep her family healthy is interesting to many people, […]
  • Translation of Bulgarian Play to Premiere in New York - While his play is the first Bulgarian play ever to premiere at a major theater in New York, Ivan Dimitrov was only making his first attempt at drama. His first Bulgarian play ended up winning a contest in Shumen, Bulgaria. He took his prize money and put it towards creating an English translation of the […]
  • World Renowned Translator Dies at 94 - It’s easy to forget what an important role professional translators have in the history of language. Sharing stories and literary works between different cultures would not be possible without them, and we’d therefore miss out on many important pieces of global history. Some of the most widely read stories in the United States are actually […]
  • New Service Combines Live Translators and Technology - While many people agree that having a live translator on hand is preferable over using a computerized translation service, it’s not easy or cheap to drag a professional translator along every time you go abroad. Services such as Google translate and pocket translators work when you need a single word translated, but they’re far from […]
  • Two Mistakes You Should Avoid on your Chinese Translation - Creating a Chinese translation version of your company’s website is a brilliant idea. By creating a Chinese version, you are making your site accessibly to the most populous culture in the world. Of course, the reason that many businesses don’t go through with this process is that it’s not easy. There are many versions of […]
  • Journal Translation Gives Unmatched Insight into American History - Many of the earliest accounts of North America are not in English because explorers from around the globe documented them. Back then, these explorers had very few resources with which to record their findings, so the chances of even uncovering these journals is highly unlikely. However, The North American Journals of Prince Maximillian of Wied, […]
  • Chinese Literature Translations Provide Inaccurate Representations - When you read a new literary translation from another country, you can only assume that the piece is an accurate representation of culture in that society. For example, if someone from another culture were to read The Catcher in the Rye or The Great Gatsby, they’d get a relatively good idea about what our culture […]
  • New Website Makes Education and Translation Simultaneous - When you need to translate an entire webpage, you’d usually use one of many quick online translation services that generate a computerized translation. While you might get the general gist of the site, you’ll miss out on any subtleties or innuendos in the language that could really add to the content. A new start-up website […]
  • McDonalds’ Failed Attempt at Foreign Outreach - For companies that are nationally recognized, every move they make is in the public eye. McDonald’s especially is constantly under scrutiny in the United States as it fights against backlash from health professionals and organizations such as PETA. For that reason, their most recent billboard translation blunder is all over the news. You’d think that […]
  • A Pair of Glasses that Shows You Subtitles - When traveling abroad or meeting people from foreign countries, modern technology has made it easier than ever to communicate without language barriers. Instead of learning the language before we visit a country, we can simply bring our smartphone along and translate the conversation as we are engaged in it with one of the many translator […]
  • Language Debate Sparked by Voting Ballots in WI - The United States is a melting pot of many different cultures and peoples. While English is the official language of the United States, nearly one in every five Americans speak another language at home. Whether or not these citizens speak English does not change the fact that they are still citizens, and they have the […]
  • Bible Translator Finally Recognized for his Efforts after 44 Years - Whether or not you’re interested in religion, you can’t help but realize what an arduous task translating the Bible must have been for those who did it. The Bible in its full form has been translated into 450 languages, and sections of it have been translated into more than 2,000. Obviously, most of these translations […]
  • D.C. Makes Language Translation a Priority - In 2004, a law required government agencies in Washington D.C. to work on the translation of important documents and services into several languages.  Unfortunately, though the law technically made it a priority, it was not considered one until now.  After a report showed that 58% of non-English speakers in the region had trouble understanding D.C. […]
  • Translation Error Fuels International Tensions - Although professional translation is an important and useful service, it is never more important than when the words being translated can ease or spur international tensions.  On August 30th, the president of Egypt, Muhammad Morsi, gave a speech which was translated into several languages.  Unfortunately, Farsi interpreters got part of their translation wrong, replacing the […]
  • Translation Volunteers Make an Impact on Online Education - When Amara was founded in 2010, its intent was to provide free professional translation services in the form of subtitles to online videos in order to “break down political, social, and cultural barriers” around the world.  Since then, their translation volunteers have added subtitles to over 200,000 videos in 100 different languages.  Their success has […]
  • Contemporary History of Brazil - What is Considered Contemporary? Contemporary history in Brazil is considered to be from 1985 until present day. This is because of the end of the military rule that had controlled the country from 1964 until 1985 and the return of civilian government. In January 1985, the shift towards democracy reached its climax when Tancredo Neves […]
  • Universities in Portugal - Universities in Portugal   In 1290, the very first university founded in Portugal was in Lisbon by King Dinis, which he called Studium Generale. During the first 247 years of its operation, it moved several times between Lisbon and Coimbra.  Eventually, it settled in Coimbra and remained there as The University of Coimbra.  The University […]
  • Music in Portugal - Music in Portugal   The history of Portuguese music began with strong influence from Ancient Rome’s musical tradition.  It was also influenced by the European traditions.  Classical music in Portugal was strongly defined by composers such as Pedro de Escobar, Duarte Lobo, Carlos Seixas, and many more.  During this period, organist music was extremely popular […]
  • Tourism in Brazil - Thriving Tourism in Brazil   The tourism industry in Brazil is continuously growing. It is an important part of the economy for many areas throughout the country. In 2009, Brazil had 4.8 million visitors. It is considered to be the top destination for tourists in South America and the second most popular in Latin America […]
  • European Integration in Portugal - European Integration into Portugal   Prior to 1974, when democracy was introduced to Portugal, the country was controlled by a fascist dictatorship, which kept Portugal from being able to join the rest of Europe.  Also in 1974, the Carnation Revolution opened many new doors for Portugal. In 1981, Portugal signed an agreement that allowed the […]
  • The Educational System in Portugal - The Educational System in Portugal   In Portugal, education is structured into four categories: pre-primary education, basic education, secondary education and higher education.   Pre-primary education: is optional for children aged three to five years old. Pre-primary education is offered for free in state-run nursery schools. Citizens must pay tuition for any privately run nursery […]
  • Religion in Brazil - Brazil’s Many Religions   Brazil’s population is much more adherent to religion than most Latin American countries. When the Brazilian Constitution was created, in 1889, Brazil did not have an official religion. It, instead, states in their Constitution that all are given the right to absolute freedom of religion. According to the last census (2000), […]
  • Portuguese Colonization - The Beginning of Portuguese Colonization   Some of the earliest colonists recorded in Brazil are Joo Ramalho and Diogo Álvares Correia. At this time, the Portuguese wanted to secure its highly profitable Portuguese Empire in Asia. Because of this, they didn’t do much to protect the newly discovered lands in the Americas from foreign intruders. […]
  • Demographics of Portugal - The Demographics of the Country of Portugal   Although as of 2011 it has a population of 10,760,305 people, Portugal is actually a very homogenous country. For almost all of its history Portugal has remained a country with one language and only one religion. This has contributed to a strong ethnic community and national unity. […]
  • Tourism in Portugal - Tourism in Portugal Portugal has much to offer world travelers, from the exciting capital city of Lisbon to the fairytale town of Sintra and to Tomar home of the Knights Templar. Portugal has amazing beaches with beautiful white sand and clear waters, many of which have been awarded the blue flag eco-label. Portugal is rich […]
  • Political Parties in Portugal - Political Parties of Portugal In 1974, the Carnation Revolution changed Portugal from a dictatorship into a democracy. This opened the doors to many new political ideas. These political ideas began to take hold and people founded new political parties. As of 2009, the parties represented in the Portuguese parliament are the Socialist Party, the Social […]
  • Leisure in Portugal - Leisure in Portugal Portugal is an active country whose people enjoy a vigorous type of leisure. They have an abundance of tennis clubs, Football (soccer) fields and white water rafting. Portugal has made an initiative over the last few years to install “parque ambiental”, which are parks designed for walking and other endeavors. Most contain […]
  • Painters of Portugal - Painters in Portugal Portuguese painters represent a variety of artistic styles and influences. Some of these artists include religious imagery and Portuguese history in their work. Others symbolize a break from tradition and support total creativity. Some of these painters use the abilities to deliver certain messages. These painters may have certain political beliefs or […]
  • Brazilian Cuisine - Brazilian Cuisine Local Ingredients in Brazil Like most aspects of Brazil, Brazilian cuisine varies greatly according to region. The most popular local ingredients used in cooking are: root vegetables like cassava (known in Brazil as mandioca, aipim, or macaxeira) yams peanuts And, fruits like: açaí cupuaçu mango papaya guava orange passion fruit pineapple, and hog […]
  • Chinese Theater - Theater in China Chinese theater dates back to the dynastic period and has a long history. While there are many different types of dramatic arts in China, the bulk of the art is now referred to as Chinese opera. Other categories of Chinese theater, all of which date back to the Shang Dynasty, are shadow […]
  • Cultural Revolution in China - The Cultural Revolution of China had a main goal of decreasing any capitalist elements remaining in the social structure in order to move towards an ultimate goal of Communism. Mao Zedong was the leader of the party and is often referred to as the chairman of the socialist movement and revolution in China. In 1966, […]
  • Human Rights in China - Civil Liberties The Chinese constitution guarantees civil liberties for its citizens. Chinese citizens are guaranteed the freedom of speech, press, and movement. In China, the freedom of speech only extends to certain levels. For protests and other outspoken events, citizens must register for a permit with the government. Any mainstream freedom of speech is often […]
  • Portuguese Poetry - The First Portuguese Poetry The first record of Portuguese poetry was in the 12th century. This poetry was originated in Galicia, Spain. This Spanish still shares some cultural identities with the culture in Portugal. Much like the poetry in the Iberian Peninsula and the rest of Europe, Galician-Portuguese poets wrote and sang for the love […]
  • Demographics in Brazil - Demographics of Brazil The Great Diversity of Brazil The population of Brazil is very diverse. It consists of numerous races and ethnic groups. Brazilians can mainly trace their heritage to four sources. These include Amerindians, Europeans, Africans, and Asians. Since 1872, Brazil has conducted a regular population census that occurs every ten years. Brazil has […]
  • Leisure in Brazil - Leisure in Brazil Brazil’s Culture Brazil is a bustling country with life and character. There are considered to be many options for entertainment and leisure in Brazil. It is said that the best way to experience this culture is to visit a beach in Copacabana or Ipanema, assist a samba rehearsal, go to a carnival, […]