Inching our way into the peculiarities of Asian systems of measurement

Measurement units in the translation industry We might not pay a lot of attention to doing so, but we use vocabulary that relates to measurement very often in both our…

Localization in Disney songs and why they stay in our heads for a lifetime

What is localization? A lot of people nowadays can’t tell the difference between translation and localization. It’s an understatement to say that those two things are not one and the…

Age & Asia: how old are we, according to the East Asian age reckoning?

While in the western world, asking someone about their age might be considered taboo (especially women) — if you travel to Korea, you’ll notice that the first thing someone will…

Ever wondered which Japanese fonts you should use?

Japanese language is a fascinating topic, and inspired by our Japanese week we decided to keep things going and provide you with some practical information regarding it. One of the…

The Chinese dragon – an ancient protector of the Chinese people

China – a country of many impressions. When people refer to China, the things that usually come to mind are facts such as the population of the country, the difficulty…

A witch, a clowder and an impawsible localization project

Our story begins with a Project Manager named Clarice, but it doesn’t end with her. The end of her day found her clutching her forehead in her palms, sat down…

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…

5 key business manners you should get acquainted with when dealing with Asian people

As business professionals, we’re trained to notice and recognize advantageous and favorable situations on the market. It’s a fact that Asia is the fastest-growing economic region and the largest continental…

Different online chat applications across Asia and their popularity.

These days, there are a lot of online chat applications being used around the world. You’re probably familiar with WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or others. In Asia, some of these apps…

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…

Quality Definition: Key ingredient for a good partnership

I’ve been hearing about and discussing the evergreen topic of Quality in the translation and localization industry ever since I joined the industry 2 years ago. Having spent over 10…

The Four Great Classics of China – truly great reads with a tinge of ancient modernism

As autumn is already knocking on our doors I come with an exquisite list of must-reads for those who consider themselves fans of Eastern culture. How I discovered the Four…

Building your business through Localization

Having read many market researches and afterward developed a product that fits consumers around the world, at some point any business would want to reach the expanding and diverse Asian…

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…

The Challenge of Transcreation in Asian Languages

Transcreation is highly used in marketing and promotional materials. In this globalization era, many businesses and brands are expanding not only within their countries but across continents. As a result,…

The Essentials of a Quote

We’ve all asked about offers for various services in our daily routine. A situation that nobody is a fan of is when an offer is either delayed or not understandable…

What a nightmare! Translation and Localization of marketing materials in different languages

Any marketer has encountered a task at least once presenting a company to a foreign market. This is something we do on a daily basis in order to achieve our…

The Yin and Yang of Translation

The Philosophy Yinyang is a Chinese philosophy derived from Taoism (Daoism). Although its conceptual meaning has been interpreted differently by many school of thoughts, it is safe to say that…

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,…

Artificial Intelligence & Sanskrit – is it the lingua franca of ancient and modern?

Today we`re going to dive in deep in the meaning and importance of a particular ancient language – Sanskrit and why it is considered useful for artificial intelligence (AI). About…

Kyaukse Elephant Dance Festival in Myanmar

Myanmar (also formerly known as Burma) is a country in South-East Asia surrounded by China, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Laos. The country has over 100 ethnic groups and is home…

The similarities of interpreter and translator

Interpreting and translation are the two most common practices in the world of linguistics. Although they are closely related to each other, they share a lot of similarities and have…

Code-Switching and its translatability

You may have heard a conversation between an American-Spanish actor and his co-star in a movie, using English mix with Spanish or a news anchor using both Asian language mixed…

The comeback of audiobooks

Nowadays, audiobooks are not only for the visually-challenged people anymore. It has become another means of self-improvement or entertaining for many people around the world who are on the go…

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…

Manga – a creative way to learn Japanese in Indonesia

We all know that Manga is one of Japan’s most popular genres, which is famous all over the world. An interesting Japanese occurrence that has its fans everywhere along with…

What’s the difference between Simplified and Traditional Chinese?

It is undeniable that Chinese is one of the most universally spoken languages be it in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and more. Besides numerous Chinese local dialects in China,…

Does an ear for music help for language learning?

One of my favourite comparisons, when I talk about Asian languages, is that they sound like a piece of wonderful foreign music. And then I started thinking about it for…

Different speed of the Southern and Northern’s dialect in Thailand

Why do people in the south of Thailand speak faster while those in the north speak slower? Is it because of the culture, geography or external factors? We will discuss…

Neural Machine Translation! What about Asian languages?

Neural machine translation (NMT) is the height of the talk for a few years. The industry is abuzz with news on it and there is hardly a company that has…