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Oct
31
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Have A Happy Multicultural Halloween

Forget the ancient Celts. Halloween as we know it is largely an American invention. Or re-imagination, as it were. The parties, the costumes, the trick-or-treating all descend from immigrant customs – largely Scottish and Irish – that came to America and Canada in the mid-nineteenth century and had become a more widespread practice by the Details >>
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Oct
26
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EXPO 2025: Multicultural, Multination, Multilingual!

Toronto: A World-Class City We’re diverse. We’re multicultural. We’re proud. We’re Toronto. Now we want to prove it to the rest of the world by hosting Expo 2025. Today (Wednesday, October 26th), Yappn CEO Ed Karthaus will present his deposition to Toronto City Council on why Yappn (among many others) supports bidding for Expo 2025 Details >>
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Oct
24
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Lost In Translation: Character Names in Fiction

“To la pâtisserie and beyond!” Buzz L’Éclair might cry as he raises his mighty fist in the air and prepares to save the world from…uh, we don’t know, healthy snacks? Ask the French, that’s their translation for Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear. Why? Qui sait? Maybe because Buzz L’Anné-Lumière is a bit lengthy. Sometimes a Details >>
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Oct
17

Why Your eCommerce Site Should Speak Chinese

Why Chinese? Chinese eCommerce growth is like a kudzu vine; this morning it’s over there but pretty soon it’ll be everywhere, because today’s China is populated with a growing middle class that’s young, educated, and has money. It’s already the largest eCommerce market in the world, having surpassed the United States last year and expected Details >>
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Oct
12
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How Do You Say ‘Hockey Puck’ In Chinese?

No one loves hockey more than Canadians. We invented it. We invented the National Hockey League too, and the National Hockey Association before it, and we killed the Americans in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Did you see that? We killed them. And that was just the women’s team. Then the mighty Sidney Crosby/Team Canada gold-mining Details >>
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Oct
06

Star Wars: But Can C3PO Speak Yakut?

Star Wars: A New Hope may be coming soon to a Yakut-language theatre near you. Assuming you live in the Russian Federation’s Republic of Sakha, where the vast majority of the world’s half-million Yakut speakers live. If not, prepare for a bit of a nippy hike as the Republic of Sakha is located in the Details >>
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Sep
30

A Babel of Asian eCommerce

Japanese may be one of the easier Asian eCommerce languages to translate – it has a considerably less challenging alphabet although there are five different writing systems to deal with – but it still poses its translation challenges. Any Asian language will, and not just because of the vastly different alphabet, more so even than Details >>
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Sep
28

Top Ten Ways To Celebrate 2016 International Translation Day!

Want to have some foreign fun this Friday? Below are ten devilishly diverse ways you can celebrate the International Federation of Translators’  64th annual International Translation Day, September 30th. This year’s theme is Connecting Worlds, bringing together the world of translators and interpreters “…dedicated to one goal: Facilitating communication between people.” As the world becomes Details >>
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Sep
21

Multiple Languages Critical for the Global CEO

Why should your child learn another language? Because multiple languages are no longer just a key component in global business, they’re quickly making a huge financial success difference. Especially for the future CEO of a global company. Knowing different languages isn’t a required piece of knowledge (yet), but it is a strong advantage. Many top Details >>
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Sep
14

50 Awesome Language Facts

What do you call the secret language between twins? Which Far Eastern language became linked to a Native American tribe, whose members turned out to be linked to them genetically? And why is the Ayapaneco language in danger of dying out in Mexico? Answer to the last: Because neither speaker is speaking to the other. Details >>
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Sep
08

GLOBALIZATION vs LOCALIZATION: The Difference

What’s the difference between globalization and localization? The meanings seem to be as fluid and changeable as a political candidate’s campaign promises. In relation to eCommerce software development, globalization, also sometimes called internationalization, refers to preparing one’s software platform to be adaptable to different countries and cultures without extensive re-engineering as your business expands. For Details >>
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Aug
29
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Pick Your Language! The World Is Literally Next Door

Why translate your website into another language? Because we live in a multicultural world and people are far more likely to buy from companies catering to their language. Wouldn’t you? There’s no need to start off with a United Nations of a website – pick just one, the second language, official or unofficial, of your Details >>
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