Learning the language of your land

Every year millions of people move to a new country for better job opportunities, a more pleasant style of living in a different culture or simply to retire. If you choose a country with the same main language as yours the transition is much easier, but what about those people who arrive in a new […]

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Machine translation raises confidentiality issues

Machine translation raises confidentiality issues     Time and cost are often cited as the factors that prompt companies to use computer software to translate documents. Unlike professionally translated texts, machine translation cannot guarantee accuracy but there seems to be another worrying issue for those using this method, and that is client confidentiality.       When […]

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The Issue of Trust in Translation – Machine vs. Human Translation

As our world becomes increasingly globalised, there is a greater demand for translation services. Where machines and technology are speeding up practically every aspect of our lives, the expectation is that the same can be done for translation. But where we would trust a machine to make a coffee or do calculations for us faster […]

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Pupils with English as a Second Language Achieve the Best Results at Key Stage Two

The Department of Education has published results of tests taken by 11-year-old primary school children and the highest scores were achieved by those whose first language was not English. The results have set a precedent as this is the very first time that children from impoverished parts of the country have achieved such high results. The […]

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Christmas around the World

Merry Christmas! Kala Christouyenna, Hyvaa joulua, Sretan Bozic, Feliz Navidad   As the festive season approaches, many of us will be getting ready to celebrate Christmas according to their cultural tradition. It is always interesting to observe how people in different countries mark this religious holiday and those lucky enough to be abroad during Christmas […]

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Translation blunders – from humorous to downright offensive

Sometimes even with the best of intentions, things don’t quite turn out as expected. Many companies in an eager attempt to engage with their international customers have translated their slogans and marketing materials that, unfortunately, have not had the same resonance as the original English version. The famous coffee chain, Starbucks, left customers in their Welsh branch […]

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New survey reveals what would motivate students to learn a new language

  A lot has been written recently about the lack of interest amongst students when it comes to language learning and indeed many figures that have been published paint quite a grim picture. Since 2004 it has not been mandatory for students to take a language GCSE and as a result there has been fewer […]

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