ULG’s Language Solutions Blog

A Language Unlike Any Other: What is Nicaraguan Sign Language?

Posted by jason on June 9, 2017
< Back to ULG Blog June 08, 2017 A Language Unlike Any Other: What is Nicaraguan Sign Language? By Andrew Hitchcock When new languages emerge, they’re usually categorized as pidgins. These languages are simplistic and basic, created from combining basic ...

Topics: Interpretation, Language Learner, Lost in Translation, Translation, Interpreting, Lost in Translation


Katzensprung and 15 Other Amazing Foreign Idioms

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on May 24, 2017
< Back to ULG Blog Katzensprung and 15 Other Amazing Foreign Idioms By United Language Group There’s nothing quite like idioms. Oftentimes they are culturally unique, and offer a glimpse into a country’s history and language. They can also be incredibly ...

Topics: Translation, Language, Lost in Translation


A Horror Movie Entirely In Esperanto? The 1966 Film Incubus

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on May 7, 2017
< Back to ULG Blog A Horror Movie Entirely In Esperanto? The 1966 Film Incubus By United Language Group Black and white shots of quiet, country scenes dissolve over one another while soft music plays. A narrator describes a group of life-sucking demons who ...

Topics: Global News, Language Learner, Strategy, Technology, Translation, Lost in Translation


Are Dialects Becoming Globalized?

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on April 20, 2017
< Back to ULG Blog Are Dialects Becoming Globalized? By United Language Group As globalization continues to gain prominence throughout the world, some linguists and other experts are wondering if dialects are slowly disappearing. While it’s true that ...

Topics: Global News, Language Learner, Strategy, Technology, Translation, Lost in Translation


Make America Groovy Again? Baldwin's Trump Hat Incorrectly Translated

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on January 9, 2017
< Back to ULG Blog October is National Hispanic Heritage month in the US By United Language Group Alec Baldwin, the comedian and actor known for mimicking president elect Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, has delivered another jab at the real estate mogul. ...

Topics: Global News, Language Learner, Strategy, Technology, Translation, Lost in Translation


10 Foreign Language Films To Watch This Oscar Season

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on December 13, 2016
< Back to ULG Blog 10 Foreign Language Films To Watch This Oscar Season By United Language Group It will be a highly competitive year at the 89th Academy Awards across many of the top prizes, including the award for best foreign language film. There are 85 ...

Topics: Global News, Global News, Language Learner, Strategy, Technology, Translation, Lost in Translation


Transcreation: What is Stephen Karam's "New" Cherry Orchard?

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on November 14, 2016
< Back to ULG Blog Transcreation: What is Stephen Karam's "New" Cherry Orchard? By United Language Group When a text gets translated from one language to the next, change is inevitable. Although human translators and the latest forms of machine translation ...

Topics: Global News, Language Learner, Localization, Strategy, Technology, Translation, Lost in Translation


Apple's (Embarrassing) Translation Mistake and Other Marketing Blunders

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on September 13, 2016
< Back to ULG Blog Apple's (Embarrassing) Translation Mistake and Other Marketing Blunders By United Language Group As if Apple hasn’t already gotten enough slack recently for not incorporating a headphone jack into its newest iPhone, things got worse last ...

Topics: Consumer Product, Global News, Language Learner, Localization, Strategy, Technology, Translation, Lost in Translation


The Secret World of Movie Translation

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on August 14, 2015
< Back to ULG Blog The Secret World of Movie Translation By United Language Group Ever watch one of those “behind the scenes” documentaries or DVD extras, or laugh hysterically at that blooper reel that went viral on YouTube? Movie production has a lot of ...

Topics: Localization, Translation, Lost in Translation


Missing The Joke: Why Humor Doesn't Translate

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on January 29, 2015
< Back to ULG Blog Missing the Joke: Why Humor Does Not Translate By United Language Group In 2011, an Australian news anchor who was interviewing the Dalai Lama with the aid of an interpreter opened the exchange with a joke: “The Dalai Lama walks into a ...

Topics: Localization, Lost in Translation, Translation, Lost in Translation


Five Steps to Avoid Cultural Mistakes

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on May 28, 2014
< Back to ULG Blog Five Steps to Avoid Cultural Mistakes By United Language Group No one wants to find themselves in an embarrassing or offensive situation in a foreign country because of innocent cultural mistakes. Often, this happens to tourists who are ...

Topics: Global Marketing, Localization, Translation, Lost in Translation