ULG’s Language Solutions Blog

Studies Show Bilingual Speakers Have Superior "Attentional Control"

  Thinking about learning another language? New research suggests it’s a good idea. The journal Bilingualism: Language and Cognition recently published a study which uncovered that bilingual people ha...

Canadian Hiring Controversy Highlights Larger Machine Translation Debate

Canadian Hiring  The debate over whether machines will replace humans in the translation industry has again come up in the news – this time the controversy surrounds a new vetting system for hiring fr...

What is Global English?

The rules of what makes for good writing are universal. Good writing is clear, consistent and engaging to the reader. Writing for an audience that doesn’t speak English is no different. But how can wr...

Attestations and certifications and notarizations... oh my!

  What is an attestation or certification of translation and why do I need one? Attestations and certified document translations ensure the quality and cultural relevancy of the translated version of ...

Do We Speak a Universal Language?

  A study published by the Los Angeles Times suggests that there may be a lot more in common between global languages than we think. Research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienc...

The Power of Language or; Why North Korea Banned Sarcasm

  News broke this past week that sarcastic language is now banned in North Korea. In a series of mass meetings held over the month of August, representatives of the government warned citizens that phr...

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

As if Apple hasn’t already gotten enough slack recently for not incorporating a headphone jack into its newest iPhone, things got worse last week. Quite a bit worse. CBS News reported Friday that the ...

The Voynich Manuscript: Crowdsourcing Failure or Hoax?

  Translation crowdsourcing has its setbacks, but you’d think the practice could produce an accurate linguistic rendering over the span of 600 years. That’s not true in the case of the Voynich Manuscr...

Interview with a localization account manager - Len White

  Join us in getting to know Len White of VIA's mid-market business localization team. Tell us about your background and what led you to becoming a localization account manager. Prior to VIA, I spent ...

Using MT and Human Translation within eDiscovery

This article was originally published in September 2016 and has been updated. The process of one person translating from one language into another, especially when it involves corporate and legal docu...

Back to Basics: A Beginner’s Guide to Machine Translation

This article was originally published in September 2016 and has been updated. Technology continues to improve, making many tasks easier and more efficient. This is especially true in the world of tran...

Highlights and challenges of the Burmese language

Myanmar (also known as Burma) is located in Southeast Asia and is approximately the size of Texas. Burmese, the official language of Myanmar, is spoken by approximately 32 million as a first language ...