The importance of desktop publishing

It’s a given that we live in an increasingly globalized world with shrinking borders. In terms of language and translations, both are becoming very important components of doing business as…

Korean language trends – growing popularity and demand in 2020

Were you around when Psy’s “Gangnam Style” song hit the global billboards and reached billions of views worldwide in the space of weeks? It’s hard to forget this. But then…

The Thai movie scene: subtitling vs dubbing

Known for its majestic sights, rich cultural heritage, and divine food, Thailand takes a very special place in its corner of the earth. With a population of over 66 million…

Localization Engineering – what works for Asian languages?

The term localization engineering might seem out of place when referring to translations, but it’s a fact that it and translations go hand-in-hand. After all, all codes and software that…

A deeper dive into Filipino culture through their holidays

You can understand people more by learning their history. And there’s no better way to find out about a country’s history than by looking at their holidays, festivals, and celebrations.…

How business should localize their promotions

Culture is a critical component of who we are and this principle applies to every country in the world. This is why it is vital to acknowledge and understand your…

Why Koreans say “us” and “we” rather than “I” or “me”

South Korea is an incredibly beautiful country that has an advanced economy and a very rich culture. If you’re planning on traveling there for pleasure or for doing business, your…

Why wearing a facemask is common in Korea and Japan

In the days of the coronavirus pandemic, people going about their day wearing a mask has become a usual sight. In some countries wearing a facemask has become obligatory and…

The Unicorn in Translation: Native English Translator

At some point, we have to tackle this one and get it over with. We see it everywhere and at the same time, it is such an elusive definition. You…

WeChat meets Red Envelopes: Lunar New Year in China

When it comes to China there are so many controversies about it that one can hardly find a middle ground and the Lunar New Year in the midst of a…

Burmese script and punctuation – everything you need to know

Burmese language Burmese language is the official language of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and is nowadays spoken by more than 30 million people. It is one of the representatives…

Globalization and translation go hand in hand

Globalization has been encouraging more interaction between people and cultures around the world, resulting in more demand for translation services. The same point is valid vice versa: if a company…

Asian Languages and the Automotive Industry

It is well known that the region of Asia Pacific makes up more than half of the world’s population. This is a region of fast economic growth and in recent…

Offensive stuff in Asia you don’t know about

As a businessperson doing business in Asia, you might be familiar with common Asian business etiquette. But are you aware of the cultural do’s and don’ts which might be considered…

So close, yet so far: Bahasa Melayu and Bahasa Indonesia

Malaysia and Indonesia are lands of diversity. One may discover such a colorful abundance of people, cultures and indigenous languages, if only one decides to look. In the splash of…

How to win Filipino clients

Situated in south-east Asia, the Philippines is a magnificently beautiful country, home to over 7,000 islands, some of which have either not yet been explored, or have not yet been…

Proper punctuation when doing DTP in Japanese

In English, punctuation might be taken for granted. After all, the comma that adds a natural pause in a sentence or the period that marks its end are things seemingly…

An insider’s view on the L10N Industry and Asian culture

For those who haven’t been in touch with Asia at all, I would say it is like the French Blue cheese – you either fall in love with it from…

Ninjas and Samurai

13 years ago I moved to Bulgaria from Newcastle Upon Tyne, and for those who don’t know Newcastle, give Geordie Shore a Google and you will see why I left.…

Kokeshi Dolls – the story behind these small beauties

While known for its anime, sushi vending machines, punctual public transport system, as well as other cultural aspects, Japan is an interesting country and other less known aspects about its…