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How to choose a Professional Translation Company in the UK

How to choose a Professional Translation Company in the UK

What is the Best Translation Agency

The first step in buying translation or any other Language service is to recognise that you need such a service.  Maybe you need to have an official document translated for legal purposes, a document translated for a tender you are submitting in a different country or just to send a letter to someone in a different language.  Whatever the need is, taking the first step into the language services market can be daunting to say the least.

Where to find Translation Service

So you know you need to buy Translation, where do you start?  

I hear people ask me all the time, so why can’t I just Google Translate it?  I did study the French language at A-Level, which means I can translate it surely? The truth be told, you probably could for the most part use either of those methods however translation is a very risky thing to get wrong and even the biggest companies in the World now realise the importance of getting a reliable translation provider; When American fast food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken opened their first restaurant in Beijing in 1987, they accidentally translated KFC's famous slogan, “Finger-lickin' good” to “We'll Eat Your Fingers Off!” in Chinese.

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The Spanish Language, hablas español?

The Spanish Language, hablas español?

How many people speak Spanish

Spanish is one of the many, present day Romance languages that have derived from the Latin script. There are approximately 470 Million speakers world-wide, of which approximately 410 Million speak it as their first language. The amount of people learning Spanish as a second language has grown significantly in recent years.

In total, there are 22 countries other than Spain who recognise Spanish as their official language and thousands throughout the world who speak it as a foreign language.

In alphabetical order these countries are:

Andorra, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, the USA and Venezuela

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Welsh; The language of Wales Croeso (i Gymru)

Welsh; The language of Wales Croeso (i Gymru)

How old and important is the Welsh language?

It has been said that the Welsh language is the oldest in Britain, and according to historians this may well be true, as the language goes back over 4,000 years.

Welsh is classified as a European language, and like other European languages evolved from a route language called Indo-European. Over time this Indo-European language developed and split into nine separate language groups, which all developed independently. One of these separate language groups was known as the Celtic language, and this Celtic language group further developed into its own family of languages in which Welsh is one .

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Things to look for in a London Translation Agency

Things to look for in a London Translation Agency

Professional Translation Service

In this day and age, the need for a reputable and experienced French translation service in the UK is growing at a rapid pace.  In previous generations, translation services are generally only required for face-to-face communications.  However, with the wide-ranging utilization of the Internet by larger businesses and corporations across a global market of clients and consumers, translation of the written word is quickly becoming more critical.  Lingo Service is a leading London Translation Agency who is exert in all forms of translation in a variety of different languages and dialects.

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How Arabic Language Developed Into The Language It Is Today

How Arabic Language Developed Into The Language It Is Today

The History of Arabic Language

The development and evolution of the Arabic language has gone through many phases, there are three distinct phases that we can class these developments into; the classical Arabic, post-classical Arabic and the current modern Arabic period.

The Classical Arabic period lasted until around the end of the first century AH, after this time Islam started to spread at a rapid rate. The mass conversion to Islam and the expanse of the Muslim empire played a distinct role in changing and eventually wiping out the pristine pre-Islamic language spoken by the Bedouins. The only record left by this time of Classical Arabic was the Quran itself, which became known as Quranic Arabic; thankfully it was carefully preserved by the scholars of this time.

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Learn French Words and Phrases, Free French Lessons

Learn French Words and Phrases, Free French Lessons

How to Say it in French

Here is a handy mini guide for commonly used French words and phrases, which you can print out and keep. I hope it will come in useful for those times you may find yourself playing pictionary with a French person, as you try to locate the nearest public services and realise that neither you nor the person that you are trying to communicate with speaks any common language. This mini French to English phrase book aims to act like a handy quick-reference guide, for times like those, and help make your trip that more enjoyable. If you however need Professional French Translations, please Contact Us.

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How Many Languages and Dialects in Africa

How Many Languages and Dialects in Africa

The Countless African Languages

As a translator, languages have always fascinated me and my love of languages has helped me to become more accustomed to the array of wonderful cultures and customs throughout the globe. The importance of translating and interpreting has never been more apparent than in today’s world, where globalisation is the norm and cross cultural meetings and relations are ever more common.

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Eight places you must visit in Europe for a great break

Eight places you must visit in Europe for a great break

Places to Visit in Europe

It's around this time of year when the winter blues really start to kick in and Monday seems like the longest day of the week. You're thinking about how much you really need that holiday or short break away to cheer up once again. Europe is a great choice for excellent skiing holidays, charming nights out and busy markets often with warm weather. If you're planning a trip away this January, here are 8 of the top destinations for 2014 to help you make that all important choice.

 

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10 of the best Cuisines to come out of the Middle East

10 of the best Cuisines to come out of the Middle East

Best Middle Eastern Cuisine and Recipes

In Britain we’re famous for our much loved fish and chips, for the Italians it’s their delicious pasta dishes. But the Middle East is a much larger land mass consisting of many countries, each with their own culture and regional dishes. However, the one thing that unites the Middle East is its delicious array of mouth-watering foods, some of which are famous the world over. Here I have listed the most popular Middle Eastern dishes and their recipes!

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Why Translate and Localise your Website?

Why Translate and Localise your Website?

Why Do I Need to Translate My Website

From a survey on Internet search and traffic, only around a quarter of all Internet users speak English!
Just as many Internet users speak Chinese and there are a further eight languages that make up a vast proportion of the rest including as Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Arabic and French. English is also a language that is not growing on the internet and the percentage is actually decreasing. This makes website translation a very important factor to grown your business.

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Paying For Quality Translation Services

Paying For Quality Translation Services

Machine Translation VS Human Translation

When we pay good money for translation services we expect it to be of excellent quality, accurate and well researched and rightly so. If we are not native ourselves in the target language we might not spot poor quality translation, especially if we believe that the one doing the translation is a native speaker. Unfortunately the difference is often invisible to a non-native speaker and badly translated documents can have irreparable consequences and potentially incur even further costs to rectify any mistakes. There have been cases where inaccurate translations have led to damages suffered by citizens and companies as well as hefty legal costs and court cases, all of which could have been avoided if a professional translator was used in the first instance.

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When Translations Go Wrong | Bad Translations

When Translations Go Wrong | Bad Translations

Funny and Bad Translation Quality

Translation is, as most of us know, not merely an inter-linguistic process.  There is much more to it than simply replacing the source language text with target language text.  It involves cultural and educational nuances that can influence the options and attitudes of the target audience.

The problem is, and has been in the past, that not everyone understands this and it can have disastrous results, often costing businesses millions of dollars on a pulled advertising campaign.

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Evolution of the Wonderfully Varied Dialects and Accents of the British Isles

Evolution of the Wonderfully Varied Dialects and Accents of the British Isles

British Dialects and Accents

Britain, although relatively small in size has a surprisingly large amount of regional dialects and varying accents. It must be very confusing for any Foreign English language student arriving in the port of Liverpool or even the Devonshire moors, to find that the English they were taught in school bares very little resemblance to the many varieties around. Perhaps because foreign media rarely pay attention to these wonderfully varied British dialects and Hollywood; one of the biggest influences for outsiders perceptions of our British Culture, would have us all believe that every native Brit speaks like Hugh Grant. So it comes as no surprise then, that the English language is viewed in this way and the colourful regional dialects of the British Isles are rarely recorded by lexicographers. This article attempts to explain, in part at least, just some of the many British dialects and their history.

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