Tackling Idiomatic Expressions in Malay: A Translator’s Guide

The Malay language is made more flowery and beautiful through the use of idioms. However, Malay idioms are often difficult to translate due to sound, lexis, grammar, and style. In…

Linguistic Richness and Idioms of Lunar New Year: Vietnam Edition

If you find yourself in Vietnam for the first time around February 10th this year, you’ll be absolutely astounded by the festivities taking place. This is when the country begins…

Triumphs and Initiatives in Preserving Indigenous Languages Across Asia

Preserving Asian indigenous languages is a critical aspect of bolstering sustainability efforts. In fact, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2022-2032 as the International Decade of Indigenous Languages. The reason…

Bhashini – Bringing Different Indian Languages Together

India is a linguistically rich country, with 22 official languages and hundreds more that are unofficial. While around 50% of the population speaks Hindi and 10% speaks English, there is…

Japan’s Media Renaissance

Japan’s entertainment industry reached its heyday in the second half of the 20th century, followed by a slump as Korean media took over the continent and the world. However, Japan…

Gender Neutrality in Asian Languages: A Linguistic Analysis

As our world evolves, social forces continue to drive change. Among these is the need for inclusivity in how we address people in terms of gender. Because everyone has their…

Decoding Technical Jargon in Korean: A Translator’s Challenge

Korean technical translation is a major necessity for businesses that are looking to expand in that market. And there’s a good reason for this. Not only are technical translations necessary…

The Viral Rise of English Variants in the East

The Republic of Singapore is well-known as an island city-state, the smallest nation in Asia, which gained independence from Malaysia in 1965. A melting pot of cultures, it is a…

AI-Enhanced Content Moderation in Asian Language Social Media

It is expected that by the end of this year, almost 60% of social media users in the world will be based in the Asia-Pacific region. This growth is rising…

The Art of Hindi Language Video Subtitling: A Comprehensive Guide

An interesting fact about Hindi is that it is a language spoken in numerous countries other than India. While there are around 584.57 million native speakers and the language is…

Localization of Asian e-Learning Content: Meeting Educational Standards

The onset of Covid-19 ushered in a new era of learning. Schools, colleges, and universities around the world implemented study-from-home policies to continue students’ educational journeys while keeping them safe.…

Translating Traditional Asian Scripts for Modern Usage

The world of translation has a rich and intertwined history, with some claiming that it dates back to over 2,000 years before the common era (BCE) when the poem Gilgamesh…

Optimizing UX for Chinese Audiences: Insights and Strategies

The massive size of the Chinese consumer market makes it attractive for Western companies to enter it. But entry is one thing. Once the legalities are in place, a whole…

WeChat’s Dominance in China: A Case Study

Because much of Western social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Google, and YouTube are blocked from Chinese servers, the country’s tech and business giants essentially developed their own networks as…

Voice Assistants in Asian Languages: Adoption & Challenges

The adoption of voice assistants is rapidly rising in the West. But what about on the Asian continent? With a rising middle class, a large population, a drive towards touchless…

Cybersecurity Translation in the Asian Context

Although the internet and world wide web are major sources of information and communication, they have also opened up pathways for malicious actors to take advantage of vulnerable or unsuspecting…

The Growing Relationship Between AI and the Japanese Language

When OpenAI released the ChatGPT chatbot in November 2022, artificial intelligence (AI) became one of the most talked about topics in the world. The implications for organizations are enormous and…

Lost in “Localization”: Anime Edition

Anime is stylized Japanese animation that has taken the world by storm. With numerous titles being translated and localized for Western audiences, anime localization has become quite controversial. That’s partly…

Indonesian Literature Translation

Japanese authors such as Haruki Murakami are well-known the world over for their captivating literature. Indeed, there are multiple Asian authors that have made it front and center on the…

Breaking Down Barriers in Steel: The Vital Role of Japanese Translation

Just five years ago in 2017, Japan was the world’s second-largest steel exporter, exporting to over 130 global countries and territories. These exports are used in a broad range of…