ULG’s Language Solutions Blog

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

Posted by jason on June 9, 2017
June 08, 2017 When new languages emerge, they’re usually categorized as pidgins. These languages are simplistic and basic, created from combining basic elements of two or more languages. Over time, many pidgins will evolve into creoles, which feature complex ...

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
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 difficult to understand for a non-native speaker, and even harder to translate. At first, the ...

Topics: Translation, Language, Lost in Translation


A Horror Movie Entirely In Esperanto? The 1966 Film Incubus

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on May 7, 2017
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 lure travelers to bring them to their “God of Darkness.” These demons take on the shape of beautiful women ...

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


Are Dialects Becoming Globalized?

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on April 20, 2017
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 technological and economic advances have brought about a new age of communication in ...

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
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. Unfortunately, the joke didn’t go quite as planned due to an incorrect translation. Baldwin ...

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
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 submissions from all around the world, and the Academy is slated to narrow it down to 9 and ...

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
When a text gets translated from one language to the next, change is inevitable. Although human translators and the latest forms of machine translation always strive for perfect accuracy, it’s near impossible to make the same text written in two different ...

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
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 company’s slogan for the new phone, “This is 7,” translates ...

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
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 really interesting secrets. But even after the actors have gone home, the final edits ...

Topics: Localization, Translation, Lost in Translation


Missing The Joke: Why Humor Doesn't Translate

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on January 29, 2015
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 me one with everything?’ The Dalai Lama’s blank expression ...

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


Five Steps to Avoid Cultural Mistakes

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on May 28, 2014
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 can also occur during business encounters, where cultural ...

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