Translation Fun at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games

With over 200 countries participating in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, translation is a must! Here are some fun facts. Three Official Languages at the 2018 Winter Olympics At the Olympics, there are always two official languages – English and French. The others assigned are based on the host country’s official language, which in this case is Korean. While there are...

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3 Benefits Only Professional Translators Can Provide

Google Translate is fast food compared to a professional translator. We’ve talked about this before and it is still our (we are not alone) opinion that humans produce a superior result. So why do we still see so many going with the convenience of a product that produces the kind of disappointing results that habitual fast food eaters are all too familiar with? Now, to be honest, Google...

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Holiday Message From Metaphrasis President

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all their efforts throughout the year. The success of Metaphrasis is built on the efforts of our staff, interpreters and translators as well as our amazing clients. What a year we’ve had! In 2017 we have enjoyed many successes including the launch of our new brand look and feel, a renewed focus on what makes us different and better than our...

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Why You Need to Translate Your Employee Handbook

Any human resources professional will agree, a well-written company handbook can result in happier, more confident, and more productive employees — and by using professional translation, you can extend these benefits to your localized and multilingual workforce. The employee handbook serves as an introduction to not only a company’s rules and regulations, but also its organizational structure...

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How to Say “Happy Holidays” in 30 Languages

Holiday greetings are in full swing! Do you have a multilingual audience? Do you want to place localized greetings on your website or holiday email? Here are 30 different ways to express your holiday greetings to your customers and colleagues! Happy Holidays in French: Joyeuses Fêtes! Happy Holidays in Spanish: Felices Fiestas! Happy Holidays in Vietnamese: Hạnh phúc ngày lễ Happy...

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Why ASL Interpreting Is So Important

Some version of sign language has existed throughout the course of human civilization. However, it was not until the 17th century that the Western world saw a systematic study of the teaching and learning of sign language.  In 1620, a Spanish priest by the name of Juan Pablo Bonet published the first modern text to propose a method of educating deaf children through the use of manual signs.  His...

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Translation. Localization. Transcreation. What’s the Difference?

Translation, localization, and transcreation are similar in the way they relate to language and culture. All hold equal importance in globalizing a company or product, as they allow a non-English speaking or foreign audience to understand a company or its product or services. However, to help you better understand where the differences lie between the...

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Medical Interpreter Training Program-Fall 2017

Medical Interpreter Training Program-Fall Schedule-2017October 28-29, November 11-12, November 18-19 (weekend schedule) Hours: 8:30 am until 5:00 pm For more information, please submit an inquiry form which can be accessed at http://www.metaphrasislcs.com/contact/ or call 815-464-1423.

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Translation’s Role in Global B2B Marketing

B2B marketing strategies are continually shifting as companies work to expand into markets outside their borders. Additionally, B2B transactions are typically larger and the sales cycle longer than direct to consumer. With significant time investment on the sales side, every possible efficiency should be taken and every advantage utilized. One way to do that is through a holistic approach to...

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Language Diversity Affects EVERY Business: Whether You Know It Or Not

In order for businesses to communicate effectively with all of their employees and consumers, it is a good idea to gain thorough understanding of the current language diversity in the United States. There are more than 300 languages which are relatively common in the US, according to the 2011 American Community Survey. You can see evidence of this diversity in everything from the bilingual signs...

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