Difficulties and Challenges When Developing NLP for Vietnamese

The Vietnamese language is spoken by around 75 million people across the world and it is the official language of Vietnam. The language itself has undergone several centuries of development…

Can you translate acronyms from Asian languages?

An acronym is briefly defined as a shortened version of the various words that make up a meaningful phrase, with every first word of the phrase being abbreviated and then…

The Golden Week in Japan

From the 29th of April to the 5th of May each year, Japan and its citizens celebrate “Golden Week”. This period of festivities includes four very special holidays, which we…

The Issues With Machine Dubbing For Asian Languages

Although dubbing in film and television has been around since the 1950s, machine dubbing is a much more recent phenomenon. There’s been a massive proliferation of video content all around…

The Rising Popularity of Korean Webtoons

Western readers who grew up with comic books will surely remember the DC and Marvel superheroes that they grew up with, which have subsequently been turned into movies for all…

Introduction of Context-Awareness in NMT for Korean

Neural Machine Translation is the latest technology in the world of automated translation, but it still has its limitations, especially when it comes down to more complex languages. We will…

Vietnamese in the US

The Vietnamese community is the fourth-largest Asian community in the US. The countries share a rich history but there are also several important linguistic considerations to keep in mind. Vietnamese…

Word Count for Japanese for Project Managers

For three years in the translation industry, I learned a trick or two on the peculiarities of working with Asian languages. Sometimes my quest for searching interesting and professional topics…

NLP for Burmese and Machine Translation Difficulties

The necessity of machine translation (MT) and natural language processing (NLP) for Burmese grew several decades ago as Myanmar was voted and expected to be a rising star in terms…

Translation Challenges: Itadakimasu – the Japanese way to live life with gratitude

There’s a Japanese saying that goes like this: “Seven Gods live in one grain of rice.” And what this means is that when one eats food, one should not waste…

Developing Medical Translation Term Basis for Thai

The Thai language does not have an alphabet but rather uses a writing system which is called the abugida. Through this system, every new consonant may invoke an inherent vowel…

Top 7 Challenges when translating English to Chinese

There are over 50,000 Chinese characters, 20,000 words in use, and if you know about 500 Chinese characters, you’ll know about 80% of the language. While this may seem encouraging…

What lies behind the names of Asian countries – Myanmar or Burma?

Ever heard of purebred Burmese cats? What about Burmese wine and rubies? How about the golden pagodas, one of which is encrusted with diamonds? As Myanmar slowly opens its doors…

The challenges in translating Khmer language

Cambodia is a fascinating country. If you think it’s only about Tomb Raider being shot there, you’d be wrong. Apart from the delicacies and tasty foods, there are so many…

Translation to Mongolian – the change creating new opportunities

Mongolia is a central and eastern Asian country that’s nestled in between China and Russia. When we say “nestled” we don’t mean the country is small. In fact, if possible,…

The 5 languages of Taiwan – Multilingual place indeed

One of the most densely populated countries in the world is Taiwan. It is an island that’s approximately the size of Belgium but with more than double the population. Taiwan…

What lies behind the names of Asian countries – Korea

With a population of just over 51 million, anyone who’s been to South Korea as a visitor will tell you about the wonders of the country. Its delicious food, rich…

The Challenge: Devanagari Script & Hindi Fonts

Today we’ll dive into the beautiful world of Hindi. Written in the elaborate Devanagari script—it is truly pleasing to the eye. Just look at it: हिन्दी. The Devanagari script, also…

What lies behind the names of Asian countries: Japan

What lies behind the names of Asian countries – Japan The land of the rising sun, Japan is home to a population of 126.3 million people. The country is known…

Trends: Vehicle Voice Control in Asia

It’s highly unlikely that the inventors of the first car could have predicted what the current automotive industry landscape looks like today. With highways spanning 12 lanes and more, countless…