August 19th, 2014

How to ‘WOW’ at a Job Interview

Step one of securing an interview has been completed, but now what? Here are four quick tips to help you impress your interviewer:

August 18th, 2014

Culture Eats Strategy

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” This phrase is usually credited to Peter Drucker – the man who literally wrote the book on management – and has been getting a lot of attention over the past couple years. Most of that attention has gone into the discussion of whether culture eats strategy for breakfast, lunch, or dinner but really just demonstrates a befuddlement surrounding the context of the statement.

August 15th, 2014

In The News: Ebola’s Spread Risks African Air Links, France Remains Top Destination for Tourists Worldwide, World’s First Robot Bellhop

The Ebola epidemic has prompted many airlines to halt flights to several African nations. This week in the news, we take a look at how these travel bans are affecting travelers worldwide. You’ll also read about Botlr, a robotic bellhop that can deliver small items to guests at a California hotel and the unveiling of the world’s third largest cruise ship.

August 14th, 2014

The East-West Dilemma of Language Learning

If you ask a westerner living in Asia what the most difficult thing to cope with is, 80 percent of the time, the answer you will be given is “language.” While learning and using Asian languages is still one of the biggest concerns of many Europeans, Asian students and professionals in the West find it equally difficult to master the languages required to fit in. What is it that makes it so difficult for people from one hemisphere to learn the language of the other? In today’s T for Translation, we will explore the differences between Asian and European languages.

August 13th, 2014

Vendetta – Wacky Word Wednesday

Everyone has a favorite movie genre. While some people prefer heart-wrenching romantic comedy, others enjoy the adrenaline-pumping action movies. If you are a fan of plot-twist filled thrillers, today’s Wacky Word Wednesday is the right word for you.

Vendetta

[ven-ˈde-tə]

-noun

Blood feud; an often prolonged series of retaliatory, vengeful, or hostile acts or exchange of such acts

August 8th, 2014

In The News: Priceline Partners with Ctrip, Xiaomi Tops Chinese Smartphone Market, World’s Smartest Baby Monitor

Hi all! This week in the news, Connecticut-based online travel booking website Priceline Group announced plans to expand its business in China, Hilton Worldwide has created an app that allows its guests to use their smartphones as a room key, and a device, dubbed the world’s smartest baby monitor, is now on sale for $299. Click and get the latest technology news from around the world.

August 7th, 2014

Novel Translations

On August 2nd, 2014, the Federation of International Translators awarded Xu Yuanchong – a Chinese translator of Eastern and Western classic literature – the “Aurora Borealis” Prize for outstanding literary translation. Last year, Xu translated the works of Wang Wei, Li Bai, Du Fu, and Bai Juyi – all Tang Dynasty poets – from Chinese into English and French.

How to Read the World

Poetry is often thought to make for the most difficult translation projects but really it takes a very specialized background and mindset to effectively translate any work of fiction. CSOFT’s very own Valeria Abate – a native of Cava De’ Tirreni, Italy – sat down with us to share her experience and thoughts on literature and translation.

August 6th, 2014

Lollapalooza– Wacky Word Wednesday

Are you ready for some summer fun festivities? In today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, we will take you to the best events, extravaganza and fiestas this summer!

Lollapalooza

[lol-uh-puh-loo-zuh]

-noun

An extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example of instance

August 1st, 2014

In The News: China Raids Microsoft Offices, Israel’s Tech Industry Thrives Amid Conflict, Technology to Add Scent to Mobile Messages

This week in the news, Israel’s technology industry seems to be immune to the ongoing conflict with Hamas, Chinese investigators raided four of Microsoft’s offices as part of an anti-monopoly investigation, and India’s biggest e-commerce site Flipkart secured $1 billion in funding and aspires to dominate its own domestic market.

July 31st, 2014

Google Gets Crowds Translating

In October, 2007, Google launched its proprietary, in-house translation service – Google Translate – marking the first time the company’s own software was used for translation. With 80 languages currently supported, their machine translator has poured over countless texts while being continuously rated by consumers who want more, better and faster translations. The tool has undoubtedly gotten better but it’s still obviously a machine. Now, Google wants to change that…and they want the world’s netizens to help.