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7 Deadly Sins of Translation

7 Deadly Sins of Translation

1. Thou shalt not over rely on technology2. Thou shalt use a native translator3. Thou shalt not be over literal4. Thou shalt be culturally sensitive5. Thou shalt not...

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GDPR and translation

GDPR and translation

This whole GDPR thing is a bad business, I fear. It’s not just that it’s beginning to look like a bandwagon for consultancy and compliance firms to charge for not a...

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Give us the word …

Give us the word …

Happy International Translation Day (for yesterday). I know I’m probably biased, but language is our crowning achievement as a species. Language is the basis of...

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My Week: Cover art, Space Dragons

My Week: Cover art, Space Dragons

Monster Books is getting its Spring 2018 catalogue ready, so I’ve been grappling with front covers over the last few days. Like ice skating, eating porridge and...

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An Intern’s Blog

Hello! My name is Virginia and I am the new Italian intern here at Aktuel. I am writing this blog to share my experience with all those who, like me, have just...

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NordicIPR 2017 Copenhagen

NordicIPR 2017 Copenhagen

So, Nordic IPR 2017 … PTI (Patent Translations International) has been translating patents for over 18 years; prior to that we were translating patents (and all manner...

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Translating Motives

Translating Motives

There are a lot of double standards being run up political flagpoles these days and I think it is high time the perpetrators were called out. The most current are those...

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Going Global 2016

Going Global 2016

I went to this 2-day event in Olympia, partly because I had been asked to give a talk about ways to maximise your investment in translation (namely, turn it into a...

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I’ve been on a plane

I’ve been on a plane

We arrived back from our travels to find our perfectly flat wooden flooring in France had gone rogue: it now undulated like waves in a small harbour. After previous...

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The Language of the Internet

The Language of the Internet

Have you ever wondered about the spread of languages amongst internet users? No, me neither. Well, not really, that is, until I came across some statistics...

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The 4 Cycles of Translation

The 4 Cycles of Translation

Thinking about it, translation now seems to be a cycle, rather than just a linear process of going from Language A to Language B. This is a good thing, as it shows the...

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Success and Happiness

Success and Happiness

I was given a grilling once by Margaret Thatcher. It lasted the time it took to get from the ground floor in Selfridges to the 4th floor – say, 6 minutes, tops – but it...

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Literary Translation Revolution

Literary Translation Revolution

It’s been a national holiday in France, so I had a chance to catch up on some reading. I have to admit, it wasn’t as much fun as I’d anticipated. This has been a...

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