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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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!…

Challenges in Malay to English translation

Translating is a very interesting, yet challenging process. Whatever the languages that translators are working with, they always bear the great responsibility of correctly transferring the exact meaning of words…

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…

Translation mistakes uncovered: Chinese Part 1

In this century, translation has become a popular profession around the world, and one that plays a significant role in communication — which we can also consider to be an…

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…

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…

Localization through SEO in Asia: Episode: 3 Japan

If you have read or listened to our previous episodes about China and Korea’s search engines, you might have guessed that Japan, too, would have its own preferred search engine…

The hidden gems of the Vietnamese language

If you’re a bilingual or a multilingual person, then you’ve probably been in a situation when you know the exact word or phrase you need to express your emotions but…

Localization through SEO in Asia – Episode 2: Korea

Ranked as having one of the world’s fastest internet connections, South Korea is famous for its high-speed internet connectivity and the fact that Wi-fi is ubiquitous within its borders, being…

Is Vietnamese Machine translation achievable?

Currently, Vietnam is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, which inevitably adds it to the list of top countries in the business sphere, where big companies might want…

Localization through SEO in Asia – Episode 1: China

Nowadays, Google is like an online encyclopedia. You can look for anything and everything online with only a few clicks. Of course, all brands are competing to be on the…

Filipino and localization challenges

The Philippines definitely sounds like an exotic holiday destination, as there’s a lot to discover in the archipelago’s nature and culture. What about their language practices? There are close to…

Similarities between Thai and Mandarin

Today we’re going to dive in and take a look at the linguistic similarities between two languages, both of which originate from Asian countries with a considerable proximity to one…

Lao and Thai – same, same but not really

The shared history Thailand and Laos have long been considered as sibling countries, having shared a history even before the colonial era began. They share not only the same origin…

One continent, 49 countries and 2300 languages. Asia!

When referring to a language spoken in Asia, people often use the term “Asian language family”. Here’s an educational fact – there’s no such thing, nor is ‘Asian language’ a…

Discovering Hmong: A language from a culturally and historically rich ethnic minority.

If you’ve been to the north of Thailand, Vietnam or the south of Laos, Myanmar, and China, you’ve probably seen someone from the Hmong ethnic group or heard them speaking…

Why do Koreans and Japanese understand each other?

Japan and Korea have shared a common cultural tradition of broadly defined Confucianism, which in general is quite different from the Western tradition. Their modern fate diverged after the East…

Indonesia – an archipelago of languages

Today we’re turning our looks to the country that happens to be a home to over 700 indigenous languages. If it didn’t come to your mind instantly – we`re speaking…

Thai words that do not exist in English

Thai culture plays a crucial role in shaping the Thai language. Some of the culture has created various Thai words that do not exist in English. To translate these words,…

Two major facts about Vietnamese Language

Asian languages are full of wonder. Every language is like an art. They have their own styles, writing systems, accents, local dialects and so on. In this article, we will…