Translations need to encounter a layer of “cultural” translation. Beyond literally translating words or phrases, linguists must also be cultural experts who can examine how a specific group of people will respond to a given word or phrase. At CSOFT, we use cultural and subject matter experts to ensure that every translation is accurate.
With the spread of English, many assumed that Esperanto would die out, yet today, because of the visibility it’s gained from the digital revolution, the language is still adding followers. The popular language-learning mobile application, Duolingo, added Esperanto to its catalog of languages in 2015, and it quickly gained more than 600,000 active users. Today, Esperanto is spoken by nearly 2 million people as a second language in 115 countries.
Anyone interested in learning more about China should begin with learning the language, as studying changes in the pronunciation, shape, and meaning of each Chinese character is a great lesson on ancient civilizations and cultures. To get started in your studies, here are five amazing facts about the language and its history.
CSOFT has always been excited to debate the topic of man vs. machine translation, and to discuss its implications for businesses and translators alike. In today’s global world, machine translation has become a common aspect in both businesses and daily life. For people travelingMachine Translation abroad, for example, translation apps — which are based on machine translation — are the fastest and most cost effective solution for traversing foreign lands.
On January 7th, 1954, a massive IBM computer, dubbed the “polyglot brainchild”, translated over sixty sentences from Russian to English. This computer, the IBM 701, marked the first publicly announced instance of machine translation. Lauded as a miracle and a massive advancement in the fields of both computer science and linguistics, this achievement sparked researchers […]
Without speaking a word, humans are able to convey a wide array of emotions thanks to body language. It is a universal mode of communication that goes beyond verbal language to reveal people’s attitude and feelings. From every country to every tribe, there are 6 universal non-verbal expressions that can be easily identified: happiness, sadness, […]
With words such as “unfriend,” “selfie” and “lol” finding their way from our computer screens to our everyday vocabulary, there’s no denying social media has a significant impact on the way we communicate. It exposes language to a constant state of alternation, regeneration, and according to some, deterioration. Language naturally changes with the times, and […]
Hi all! In today’s Simply CSOFT, we want to help you gain a better understanding of Chinese culture by learning a Chinese proverb. Understanding Chinese traditions and customs can go a long way, especially if you are thinking of expanding your business to the Middle Kingdom. Today we are going to learn a Chinese proverb […]
The development of languages can lead to a change in meaning of words, and in historical linguistics, this phenomenon is known as semantic change. The meaning of a word can either be slightly altered, or it can evolve greatly. While this can cause confusion and misunderstanding, it is also seen as a positive step forward […]