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Who Can Translate Into Mayan?

I received a call from a prospective client the other day who had some documents she needed translated from Mayan into English. When she asked me if we could complete this task, my immediate response was “Sure! We can translate into any Language!”. Little did I know, this simple response would send me into a […]

Simplified or Traditional

March 2, 2012 1 Comment »

I am an Account Manager at a worldwide translations agency. Our company can translate into over 250 languages; many of these languages have certain dialects. If someone asks me for a Spanish translation, my first response is: “Which dialect will you need?” 90% of the time the client will automatically respond with “Me

Languages of The United States

February 9, 2012 1 Comment »

What is the official Language of the United States? If you answered “English” to this question, you might want to do a little bit more research. The United States is actually one of the few nations in the World that does not have an “Official Language”. Many lawmakers and politicians have made proposals to make [&he

Free at Last.

January 17, 2012 1 Comment »

I would like to break away from my normal blog routine this week to pay homage to one of the greatest men that has ever walked the face of the earth. On January 15th, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia a young boy was born. One day this young boy would grow up to change the world. […]

Learning a New Language: The Old Fashioned Way

December 6, 2011 3 Comments »

After graduating from college, I decided that I was going to explore the world. The day after graduation I was on an airplane to Amsterdam and have not looked back since. I have lived in over ten different countries over the past twelve years, and in every country I have tried to learn the native […]

Music, The Universal Language

November 17, 2011 2 Comments »

How many times have you ever heard someone say “Love is the International Language” or “The Language of Love” or “Love knows no Language”? We have all heard these phrases used throughout our lives, and although I cannot disagree with these phrases, a music event that I attended this last weekend made me realize

Planning Your Way to Success

As we all know, planning is one of the most valuable tools to reach success. Steve Jobs did not just wake up one random morning and build an iPhone, Barack Obama did not just wake up and just become President of the United States, and even on a smaller scale, we all have a plan […]

Do I Really Need a Back-Translation?

A couple of weeks ago I received a request from a very well respected Medical Doctor to have his documents translated, but then he requested to have a back-translation as well. Although this is certainly not the first time I have had this request in my years as an Account Manager for one of the […]

4 Things Every Client Should Know (Part 2)

September 12, 2011 1 Comment »

In my last blog I began explaining about the four most important factors a client should consider before beginning a translations project. I covered the importance of knowing the specific dialect of your target language, and how important it is to know when your deadline is for the completion of the project. Today I will [&

4 Things Every Client Should Know (Part 1)

August 25, 2011 5 Comments »

After working as an Account Manager in the translations industry for about 5 years, I can always tell when I am dealing with a customer who knows the business. More often than not, I have to explain in detail what we need to know in order for the project to be a success. 1. Dialect […]

Winning and Losing in the Game of Translations

August 2, 2011 1 Comment »

Every day I try to find how small things that happen in my life can relate to the business world. Being a huge soccer fan gave me this opportunity a few weeks ago. As an avid follower of the Primer Division in the Argentina Soccer League, I was found at a loss for words when […]

Lost in Translation….. Subtitlation?

A couple of years ago, while I was studying in Argentina, I decided to go see a movie that my friends could not stop talking about: “The Hangover”. It was hilarious. I laughed out loud a million times….but I noticed that some times I was the only one laughing. Am I weird? Do I have […]

Ernesto Sabato, unknown to many, a hero to a few.

May 31, 2011 4 Comments »

On May 2nd 2011, the world was cheering, waving flags, climbing trees, singing and dancing in the streets.Why?…You might ask. Well, because Osama bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world had been brutally murdered.  Now, let’s back up a little bit and take a trip down south….way down south, to a city that [&he