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Have you ever thought that proofreading was important?

Have you ever thought that proofreading was important?

Proofreading Day - 8th March 2018 Have you ever thought that proofreading was important? Maybe not, when in school, it might’ve ...
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Missing the Olympics? Don’t worry, the Paralympics are on their way!

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Missing the Olympics? Don’t worry the Paralympics are on their way! The opening ceremony for the Paralympics is on Friday!! ...
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And the nominations are out!

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This year’s Oscars are over, and it looks like it all went to plan. There were no incorrect winners announced ...
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National Anthem Day: 3rd March

National Anthem Day: 3rd March

National Anthem Day 3rd March 2018 Tomorrow is national anthem day! Here at Lingua Translations, we absolutely love anthems! You ...
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English Translation Services

The Importance of English

The importance of English I came across an article recently that stated that the Olympic games prove the importance that ...
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How many types of English are there?!

How many types of English are there?!

How many types of English are there?! It can be difficult for foreign people when they arrive in the UK ...
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International Mother Language Day!

International Mother Language Day!

Wednesday 21st February, the world celebrates International Mother Language Day. Originating from protests to promote multilingualism in Bangladesh in 1952, the ...
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International Business Award 2018

International Business Award 2018

We are so excited to be nominated for the ‘International Business’ category at the 2018 Swansea Bay Business Awards. The ...
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BAFTAs - The Handmaiden

BAFTAs – The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden This year’s BAFTAs are over, and the winners have been announced. This year the BAFTA for Film Not In ...
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Europe, the UK’s doorstep, but not for much longer

Europe, the UK’s doorstep, but not for much longer

Europe, the UK’s doorstep, but not for much longer Are you like me? Comfortable being first off, a British citizen ...
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Pyeong Chang 2018 - North and South unite

Language at the Olympics

Language at the Olympics We’re well into the first week of the Olympics and so far, we’ve seen a few ...
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Pancake Day 2018

Pancake Day 2018

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How young should you start learning languages?

How young should you start learning languages?

How young should you start learning languages? Doctors tell us that our children can absorb so much information at such ...
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Is there life on Mars?

Is there life on Mars?

Life on Mars? For those who haven’t been watching the news lately, Elon Musk and Space X sent up a ...
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Wake up speaking a foreign language

Wake up speaking a foreign language

Wake up speaking a foreign language Have you ever dreamed of speaking a foreign language fluently? What if after a ...
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Pyeong Chang 2018 - North and South unite

Pyeong Chang 2018 – North and South unite

PyeongChang Olympics 2018 - North and South unite Something rather unexpected has happened at these Olympic games already! North and South ...
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Learning a language to go on holiday. Would you?

Learning a language to go on holiday. Would you?

Learning a language to go on holiday. Would you? Last night I was watching an old re-run of 8 out ...
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Raining cats and dogs

Raining cats and dogs

Raining Cats and Dogs You might’ve seen my earlier blog about our fixations with weather. This got me thinking – ...
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BAFTAs - The Handmaiden

And the nominations are out!

And the nominations are out! The Oscar nominations have been announced, and this year the five films going for Best ...
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St Swithin's Day!

Our fixation with weather

Our fixation with weather Us Brits know that when a conversation goes dry, the antidote is to start talking about ...
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Winnie The Pooh

Winnie The Pooh

Today is Winnie the Pooh day: one of the most successful characters ever created. The author AA Milne was born ...
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The Transfer Window

The Transfer Window

Whether you watch football or not, we all know about the transfer window in the winter and the summer. Some ...
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Pyeong Chang 2018 - North and South unite

PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018

PyeongChang Winter Olympics The winter Olympics are just under a month away! On the 9th Feb the world will look ...
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The origin of the sound /θ/ in Spanish

The origin of the sound /θ/ in Spanish

/θ/ If you study Spanish long enough, you will soon realise that the pronunciation of Z and C (before e ...
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Christmas around the world: Celebrating Christmas in Russia

Christmas around the world: Celebrating Christmas in Russia

Christmas around the world: Celebrating Christmas in Russia Seven interesting facts you may not know Christmas in Russia is normally ...
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What are your New Year resolutions?

What are your New Year resolutions?

It’s something that most people make on New Year’s Eve/ New Year’s Day. Resolutions range from going to the gym, ...
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What are your New Year resolutions?

New Year’s Resolutions? Or New Year’s Goals?

It’s January.  It’s a new year.  And so it’s time for the annual ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ lists.  Thing is, I ...
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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! It's Christmas! Here's how to say "Merry Christmas" in 10 languages... English          Merry Christmas ...
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6900 languages across the world; is Father Christmas a hyperpolyglot?

6900 languages across the world; is Father Christmas a hyperpolyglot?

Saint Nick seemed to form part of the remaining quarter of the inhabitants who don’t speak Welsh. Some parents, whose ...
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Love has no barriers - even language!

Love has no barriers – even language!

Love has no barriers – Even that pesky language barrier! One of my favourite things to do around Christmastime is ...
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Parlez-vous French?

Inclusive writing in France

Inclusive writing: So the debate about the French language rumbles on… France is currently involved in a nation-wide debate about ...
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A Few facts and figures about the Korean Language

A few facts and figures about the Korean Language In a few months, South Korea will host the Winter Olympic ...
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Christmas around the world: Ten Bizarre Christmas Customs

Christmas around the world: Ten Bizarre Christmas Customs

Different Countries have their own traditions - and some of them are truly bizarre Some Festive Food to begin with: ...
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Star Wars and Language

Star Wars and language With the next instalment of the Star Wars is soon to come to cinemas, and we ...
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Christmas in Spain

Christmas in Spain

Christmas in Spain starts with the traditional Christmas lottery draw on 22nd December. Two days later, the night of the ...
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Christmas around the World: Celebrating Christmas in Norway

Christmas around the World: Celebrating Christmas in Norway

Norwegian Christmas traditions Christmas in Norway is based on Christian traditions, with elements of old pagan traditions and Jewish Hannukah ...
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Christmas on the other side of the Channel tunnel

Christmas on the other side of the Channel tunnel

Ho ho ho! Christmas is here! Because having fun is the whole point of Christmas, isn’t it? Celebrating life, family ...
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Christmas around the World: Celebrating Christmas in Japan

Christmas around the World: Celebrating Christmas in Japan

You'd just Love celebrating Christmas in Japan The major religions in Japan are Buddhism and Shinto and with less than ...
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4 Christmas Words and their origins

4 Christmas Words and their origins

This time of the year, every year, we all hear the same words flying around, whether displayed on a Christmas ...
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How many languages did you know at the age of 10?

How many languages did you know at the age of 10?

How many languages did you know at the age of 10? Warning: This story may make you feel like an ...
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Christmas around the world: Celebrating Christmas in Colombia

Christmas around the world: Celebrating Christmas in Colombia

A mix of a religious event and party. Christmas in Colombia is celebrated on the 24th of December, but it ...
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A few steps to help your children learn a language!

A few steps to help your children learn a language!

We all know that a kid’s mind is like a sponge! That is why many parents avoid using certain swear ...
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Christmas around the World: The Magic of a Child's Christmas in Wales

Christmas around the World: The Magic of a Child’s Christmas in Wales

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Friends: The one with the quotes: part 2

Friends: The one with the quotes: part 2

Friends: The one with the quotes: part 2 Monkey turns the TV Spanish Season 1 brought us a few elements ...
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Some rather embarrassing mistakes - The importance of proofreading

Some rather embarrassing mistakes – The importance of proofreading

Over the years there have been numerous incidents in Wales involving some extremely embarrassing mis-translations from English into Welsh going ...
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4 Christmas Words and their origins

WHAT IS CHRISTMAS ALL ABOUT?

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Pyeong Chang 2018 - North and South unite

The Winter Olympics – PyeongChang 2018

The Winter Olympics – 2018 If you haven’t noticed by now, we’re big sports fans as well as language geeks! ...
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Friends: The one with the quotes: part 2

Friends: The one with the quotes: part 1

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How young should you start learning languages?

Foreign accent syndrome | Lingua Translations

Foreign accent syndrome Can you imagine sounding like a foreigner speaking your own native language? Foreign accent syndrome (FAS) is ...
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Pardon my French but it’s all Greek to me; language & nation perception

You might not have noticed but, in everyday speech, you often express yourself in ways that ‘pass judgement’ on other ...
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Over and out - the language of sign offs

Over and out – the language of sign offs

'How should I sign off this email?' I found myself thinking this the other day when I was in the ...
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False Friends | Lingua Translations

False Friends | Lingua Translations

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Despacito and the Latin Invasion

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Aphasia featured on TV | Lingua Translations

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According to the database Ethnologue, there are 6909 living languages in the world. An immense number. This includes those, which ...
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The Military Alphabet | Lingua Translations

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The Military Alphabet Many people know the military alphabet, maybe not all of it, but a fair few of them! ...
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Día de la Revolución – Mexican Revolution

Today, over 200 years ago, the Mexican Revolution began. Conflict began on 20th of November 1910, with an uprising led ...
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New Zealand and the Autumn Internationals

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South Africa | The Autumn Internationals

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The Pineapple Identity – Is English the odd one out?

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Autumn Internationals – Fiji

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The survival of the Catalan language According to data from 2012, Catalan language is now spoken by over 10 million ...
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Proofreading Day – 8th March 2018

Have you ever thought that proofreading was important?

Maybe not, when in school, it might’ve been unlikely to write an essay and re-read it for mistakes before handing it in to a teacher. But when it comes to business, we think proofreading is very important. We think it’s great that there is a day dedicated to this needed skill! You have no idea how great a fresh set of eyes can be on a piece of work.

 

mistake 344x146Proofreading, when it comes to translation, could be to check for any mistakes or typos. It is also checking the translator has used the right style of writing including localisation. When we hire translators we normally check to make sure we are hiring the right one (Castilian Spanish or Costa Rican Spanish for example). Proofreading double checks that everything is perfect for our clients. Last thing we as a translation agency want is ‘egg on the face’ of our clients. One blemish can distract the reader from the entire article.

 

Mistakes in translation

You always hear of the mistakes in translation, and 9 times out of 10 it is because it was a machine translation and there was nobody checking the translation to make sure it was correct. Some of them are hilarious to see, others are just absolute mistakes! Therefore, proofreading is very important when publishing work.

mistake 416x300Take the Welsh sign for example. What happened here was an automated message, but the company took it as the translation. What the Welsh says is I’m not in the office right now. Send any work to be translated’. Quite a bit different from the original English. A proof-reader would’ve been able to spot this immediately and rectify it before it caused any damage to the company. Instead, this sign was make, and put up without anyone noticing the grave error!

 

mistake 810x539At least, you could say the translation looked ‘Welsh’. This is more than what can be said for this example. In Asda, they used Scottish Gaelic instead of Welsh for their translation of parking. I know you can say, well they are both Celtic languages, but they do not look similar! This is why proofreading is important. This made news, and Asda did not come out well.

 

So, if you are a proof reader out there, celebrate today! This is your day to be proud of the great work you do for companies and clients out there.