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ULG’s Language Solutions Blog

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 ...

Starbucks Deserves A Gold Card For Localization

  Operating in 72 countries and territories with more than 20,000 locations, Starbucks has unprecedented global brand recognition. The white cup with the green logo and brown sleeve is on the forefron...

Ingeniux Content Management Systems Recognized as a Trendsetter

  As the international language of business, science, and academia, English is the most studied language in the world. There are 1.5 billion English language learners and 527 million native English sp...

Should I select Traditional or Simplified Chinese for my translation?

  When it comes to Chinese, there is a distinction between the spoken and written forms of the language. There are dozens of dialects in China, but the most widely spoken ones are Mandarin and Cantone...

Languages of the Pacific Islands

  May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Many organizations celebrate this this month, including The Library of Congress, National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution. We’re joining th...

The Top 5 Asian and Pacific Island Languages in the US

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. To celebrate, let's take a look at the top 5 Asian and Pacific Island languages in the United States. Chinese   Chinese is the most widely spoken language...

Three Reasons Why Google Translate Might Not Be the Right Solution for You

  After recent updates, Google Translate now includes more than 100 languages, including Hawaiian and Kurdish. According to Google, this means the online translation tool, which is about to celebrate ...

Understanding the Difference Between Tagalog and Ilocano

Filipinos speak several languages, two of the more common of which are Ilocano and Tagalog. There is often confusion regarding the differences between them, so it’s time to break down what sets them a...

Missing The Joke: Why Humor Doesn't Translate

  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 pizza shop and says, ‘Can you make...

The McDonalds Localization Strategy

  One of the main chapters of the McDonalds success story is about convenient and consistent food – fast. When you order a Big Mac with fries, wherever you are in the world the taste should be the sam...

Want to Work at Apple? Siri Localization Experts Needed

  “Your wish is my command,” as Siri says. If your wish is that Siri would speak more languages, then you’re in luck. A voice-recognizing virtual assistant integrated into various Apple products, Siri...

Five Steps to Avoid Cultural Mistakes

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 traveling abroad. But it c...