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…

Translation & the Stock Exchange Markets

In the light of recent events, the crashing of stock exchange markets and halt of overall business development, there is one industry that is quite stable at the moment. The…

Kaiju – the monster from Japan and China that took over Hollywood

Halloween took place just about a month ago, but we`re here with some spooky stories about monsters from another land. You might be surprised to find out that Japanese culture…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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!…

Hinglish – the rapidly spreading Indian phenomenon

As observed in many other countries, the English language is slowly altering the face of local languages due to its popularity and simplicity. While other nations merely add English loanwords…

Exploring Japanese loanwords in English

Loanwords are words adopted from another language and there is almost no language that doesn’t make use of such terms. However, when such words are “borrowed” they do not necessarily…

Overcoming home office challenges: project management

Project managers are key players in helping companies pursue their ventures in such unstable times business-wise. They are the people responsible for planning, executing, and closing projects. They manage not…

Japan and Korea – the different aspects of Children’s day

Almost every country has a holiday that celebrates children. Youngsters are a very important part of society and there are a lot of traditions all around the world linked to…

Being successful in Japan: the challenges of gaming localization and translation

The interactive entertainment software industry, popularly known as the video game industry is reaching overwhelming numbers in net worth and profit from sales. Japan has the third-largest gaming market globally…

Cultural differences: saying “no” in India – how to read between the lines

In this blog, we’re often writing about cultural differences and peculiarities – habits some cultures have adopted that some of us cannot even imagine. Today we are going to go…

The marathon craze in Asia – combining healthy with fun

With spring going full force and summer waiting just around the corner people have already fully woken up and are searching for new challenges and adventures. As we can conclude…

Virtual networking: maintaining a relationship with clients and how the translation industry copes during this time of the outbreak?

In light of the recent events, humanity has to face a great number of difficulties. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, a lot of our daily routines had to be altered…

The differences between Native Speakers and Philologists

What is philology? Let us start by answering the question “What is a philologist?” Philology was born and brought to us by the era of the Renaissance. Initially, its functions…

The evolution of the Songkran Festival in Thailand

The Songkran festival is one of the most important celebrations in Thailand and is officially celebrated annually between the 13th and 15th of April. It is a guaranteed mixture of…

Asian loanwords in English: Chinese

Loanwords are the words that pass from one language to another. People often refer to this act as “borrowing” although it is not entirely correct to do so. The words…