Honorifics in Korea: language and culture explained

As a foreigner in South Korea, you might feel overwhelmed by the plethora of questions asked of you by your hosts, including and especially, what your age is. While it…

Better Understanding, Better Quality, Excellent Relationship

Any business relationship is built on a series of fundamental truths. One such being obtaining clear instructions while others include being clear about the client’s needs, consistency and continuity, as…

Transcreation: the challenges in rate calculation

Is the audience of your product or service expanding? Is your project going overseas? Then you would probably need a professional to adapt your marketing strategy to your new potential…

Top 5 tips for Fintech Translations for Asian countries

The financial technology, or fintech industry is revolutionizing the financial landscape in Asia. From the way we make and accept payments, to the financing of startups, or peer-to-peer lending, fintech…

Taglish – the mastery of code-switching

There are numerous interesting topics on language and culture that we cover on our blog weekly. We have already talked about the colorful language of Tagalog, and we have talked…

E-commerce in China – a mission possible through localization

The e-commerce sector in the world, and particularly in Asia, is expanding at a rapid rate, raking in millions and billions in revenue. China is the world’s biggest e-commerce country…

All the Asian Proficiency Test you need to know

Proficiency tests: evaluating your translators’ skills Globalization in recent years has boosted the growing numbers of bilingual individuals. In our society it is nowadays normal for people to be fluent…

How hard is it to do translations for translation companies

We live in an increasingly globalized world where businesses are seeking to expand to foreign markets, with the need to tailor-make their marketing messages to the local scenario, amongst a…

Kawaii: the Japanese art of being “cute”

If you are a fan of manga, anime or Japanese culture as a whole, then you know pretty well that kawaii is not just another Japanese loanword. Kawaii is an…

How language can help Fintech companies?

Financial technology (fintech) refers to computer or other software programs that make banking and financial services easier, more accessible, more user-friendly, often cheaper than traditional banks, and is ultimately taking…

The top services thriving in the new virtual reality

According to the United Nations, “the COVID-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption of education systems in history, affecting nearly 1.6 billion learners in more than 190 countries and all…

Dialects – the riches of the Vietnamese treasure chest

“Never let it be said that dialect is a reflection of intellect. On the contrary, it is a reflection of the deep traditional values of a culture” – Patricia H.…

About Korean Fonts

Desktop publishing is all around us. From the pamphlets and leaflets we receive when we walk into a shop, to brochures, magazines, and newspapers. With a wide range of proponents…

A translator’s nightmare: handling swear words

We are once again here to explore some of the translation challenges the industry encounters. Today we are going to go over a very interesting, yet challenging topic – the…

Chinese Moon Festival – a story of love, hard work, and self-sacrifice

Chinese culture is steeped in intricacies and wonderful tales, and with a 4000-year history, there are bound to be some stories that are more memorable than others. This is the…

Translating “Eva dislikes John” and vice versa – how difficult could it be?

The two seemingly inconspicuous sentences, “Eva dislikes John” and “John dislikes Eva” might seem easy to translate into the Korean language at first sight. After all, they each contain a…

5 Asian ways to call you a “foreigner” and the meaning behind them

Whether you’ve decided to settle in Asia for good or are just visiting, as a foreigner in Asia, you will want to be as fully prepared for Asian culture as…

Beauty lies in the small details. Discourse particles on Malaysian English

We mention quite often the usage of English “dialects” such as Chinglish, Japlish, etc. In this article, we are going to take a look at the phenomena of discourse particles…

Improving your linguists by giving the right feedback

Professional translation work doesn’t happen in a day. Respected translation companies have numerous teams, which handle different parts of the project, putting all of their efforts in executing the project…

Industrial machinery: what does it have to do with translation?

With Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of 3.2% in the second quarter of 2020, and economists predicting further stabilization and expansion over the coming months, China’s economy is currently the…

5 things to ask your client before processing a translation into Chinese

As a Chinese language translating company, we are aware of some of the difficulties that arise when you aim to provide your client with a quality translation. Translating Chinese requires…

Ikigai – the Japanese “reason for being”

Every person has their own pace of life and each of us decides for themselves just how much work is enough work. There are some that prefer leisure to hard…

Using a company style guide to improve translation quality

Every person has a unique style of communication, something that makes them unique and recognizable. In business it is the same with each company, the brand they represent, the people…

Twitter – less is more. But is it, really?

For centuries communication between people was the main instrument for passing knowledge and solving problems. The way people interact has never been rigid or static – the means of communication…

Konglish – another example of the vibrance of the “New Englishes”

The late part of the previous century marks the birth and growth of hybrid languages, more often than not mixing a country’s native language with a variety of English. This…

Bahasa Indonesian and its sweet peculiarities

Indonesian (or Bahasa Indonesian) is the official language of Indonesia and the Indonesian archipelago. It is a relatively new language that has quickly taken its place in the rank as…

The future of translation – part human, part machine

With globalization growing by the day it has become mandatory to keep a mini-translator in our pockets. Whether that be Google translate or some other translating machine, we have got…

Exploring Asia: Interesting facts about the Mongolian language

By far, we have acquainted you with the peculiarities of numerous languages, spoken around the continent of Asia. Today, we will be taking a look at the language of the…

The Colors of Hmong – a centuries-old language

If you are a curious person, always searching for new, interesting facts and you happen to have a passion for languages and translation – then this article is for you!…

The after-effect of COVID-19 on the translation industry?

Nowadays, businesses in all sectors need to be agile. The ability to be able to adapt, survive, and thrive in the ever-changing environment has become one of the most important…