ULG’s Language Solutions Blog

What Is the International Phonetic Alphabet?

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on October 31, 2019
There are over 6,000 languages in the world, each with pronunciations that vary depending on accents, dialects, and more. With the large majority of these languages, there are alphabets that form individual words for that language. But in the case of the ...

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


Amusing Irish Expressions Translated into English

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on March 11, 2019
The Irish are well known for their colorful proverbs, idioms, and figures of speech. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, here are 9 of the best Irish expressions along with their English translations. is minic a bhris béal duine a shrón. Translation: “Many a time ...

Topics: Featured, Global News, Localization, Strategy, Translation


5 Intriguing Facts About International Mother Language Day 2019

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on February 19, 2019
Every year on February 21, UNESCO observes International Mother Language Day.  In celebration, here are five intriguing facts about International Mother Language Day, its history and how it’s celebrated. february 21 is also bengali language day - and that's ...

Topics: Featured, Global News, Localization, Strategy, Translation


GDPR In Full Effect: The New EU Data Regulation Is Here

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on June 26, 2018
After a two-year transitional period, the day has finally come – today the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect, forcing companies across the globe to abide by a new set of data privacy regulations.   The GDPR replaces the European ...

Topics: Featured, Global News, Localization, Strategy, Tips & Tricks, Translation, GDPR, Breach Response


The Meaning Of Medicine: Translating Drug Names

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on December 7, 2017
The misuse of prescribed medication can lead to serious health problems. Policy makers in the United States are working to implement legislation that will help put an end to the ongoing opioid crisis, which causes thousands of deaths each year. But it’s not ...

Topics: Global News, Language Learner, Life Sciences, Strategy, Technology, Translation


Global Marketing Guides: Germany

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on November 30, 2017
As the world’s fourth largest economy and the largest country in the European Union, Germany has become one of the most sought-after destinations for global marketers. The country’s 80 million citizens are urban, connected, and ready to spend their disposable ...

Topics: Global News, Global Marketing, Language Learner, Strategy, Technology, Translation


The Translator’s Evolving Role: Where We Are Now, And Where We’re Heading

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on November 28, 2017
Thanks to recent technological advances, the translation industry has undergone extensive change. The old-fashioned method of individually translating words (metaphrasing) that make up a sentence and then providing a paraphrase does not have a place in the ...

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


Kathrin Bussmann Q+A: An Interview With The Worldly Marketer Podcast Host

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on November 27, 2017
Kathrin Bussmann is busy. The Worldly Marketer Podcast host and founder of global marketing agency Verbaccino juggles both projects by herself, and has been doing so for the past three years. She produces and markets the podcast on her own, and has put out a ...

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


Don DePalma Of CSA Research Talks Industry Trends, How LSPs Can Stay Relevant In 2017

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on November 17, 2017
Common Sense Advisory (CSA Research) has made a name for itself as one of the big players in language industry news and research. The Massachusetts-based company produces research and blogs relating to all things localization, with a focus on helping ...

Topics: Global News, Language Learner, Localization, Strategy, Technology, Translation, Interpreting


Want To Cut Translation Costs? Here Are Three Ways To Do It

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on November 16, 2017
Everybody likes to save a buck. In the corporate world, turnaround time and cost efficiency are a procurement manager’s best friend. Given the demanding pace of global business, everyone is looking to create lean, effective operations. Those looking to secure ...

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


Thinking About A Multilingual Call Center? It’s Probably A Good Idea

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on November 13, 2017
You’ve purchased a new product online, and you can’t wait to get your hands on it. Once it arrives in the mail, you use your car key as a de facto box cutter, remove the packaging and get rid of the packing peanuts. Everything appears fine, until you try to ...

Topics: Global News, Global Marketing, Language Learner, Strategy, Technology, Translation, Interpreting


Holiday Season Is Hacking Season: Five Ways To Avoid Scams

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on November 10, 2017
The holiday season has again crept up on us quicker than anticipated, and the consumer craze and bargain-hunting that go along with it is already in full swing. In the United States, buyers shell out more than $1 trillion in retail sales in trying to find the ...

Topics: Best Practices, Consumer Product, Global News, Language Learner, Strategy, Technology, Translation