Word count vs Character count for Asian languages

Writing is an inevitable part of our lives. Professional writers, in particular, face the challenge of writing texts for a specific audience with a limited number of words. Whether blog…

E-commerce from the LSP’s perspective

Ever since the first item was sold online a couple of decades ago, online shopping has become so popular that global online retail sales have more than tripled since 2014…

All you need to know about Audiovisual Translation

The global streaming service, Netflix had 207.64 million paid subscribers worldwide in the first quarter of 2021, with most of the company’s subscribers being based in the US and Canada…

Machine Translation Quality Assessment

The world of translation has never been an easy one to navigate, and it has grown in complexity over the last few decades. One of the outgrowths of translations has…

Cryptocurrencies in Asia: case-studies, trends and challenges

Sources report that there are over 6,700 cryptocurrencies that are traded publicly, and such currencies continue to abound on the market, raising funds through initial coin offerings (ICOs). As of…

Interesting phrases in Malay for your business

Located in southeast Asia, Malaysia occupies parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo. The beautiful country is known for its beaches, rainforests, and mix of Malay, Chinese,…

Medical Translation 101

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), health “is the state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity,” whereas medicine is…

Machine Translation for Hindi – does it work?

It is a well-known fact that India is home to over one billion people, hosting almost one-eighth of the world’s population. The country is rich in diversity and culture, with…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…