ULG’s Language Solutions Blog

What Is the International Phonetic Alphabet?

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


GDPR Enforcement: Are you prepared for an audit or a "dawn raid?"

It’s nearly the one-year mark for the Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and we’re starting to see enforcement already. Most notably, of course, is the $57 million fine to Google for violations. Even companies who are very stringent about data privacy ...

Topics: Featured, Strategy, Technology, Compliance, GDPR


When and How Will AI Truly Understand Human Language? Is It Possible?

In 2011, the American trivia game show Jeopardy! featured a special guest contestant: IBM’s Watson, a supercomputer. Watson was selected to compete against the show’s top winners, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, to see who would be victorious in this epic human ...

Topics: Featured, Machine Translation, Technology, Machine Translation


When Free, Unsecured MT Tools Fail: Five Examples of MT Mishaps

Last week, Facebook received strong criticism for an embarrassing translation mistake triggered by its algorithm. After a 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit an island in Indonesia in early August, Facebook users poured forth words of support and sympathy, often ...

Topics: Featured, Machine Translation, Technology, Translation, Machine Translation


Regulating Big Data: SC 42 and Artificial Intelligence

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), 40% of digital transformation initiatives will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) services by 2019 and 75% of enterprise applications will use AI by 2021. The IDC also estimates that spending for AI ...

Topics: Featured, Technology, Translation, Compliance


Video Remote Interpreting: Enhancing Patient Care And Cutting Costs

By jason
According to the Center for Disease Control, in the U.S. alone there are 990.8 million physicians’ visits and 267.1 million emergency room visits or hospital outpatient visits in a year. The patients visiting these healthcare institutions come from a variety ...

Topics: Strategy, Technology, Interpreting, Video Remote Interpreting


Reconciling Humans And Machines: Using Both For Successful Translation Projects

It’s a familiar trope that emerges time and time again in science fiction: human invents machine, machine becomes smarter than human, machine replaces human. However, in the language services industry, technologies such as machine translation (MT) are ...

Topics: Machine Translation, Technology


Taking Your Apps Global: Localization for Mobile Devices

In 2017, mobile apps were downloaded by users more than 197 billion times. Over the last few years, apps and mobile marketing have represented a large percentage of the marketing mix, with companies using them for customer engagement, brand identity, and ...

Topics: Localization, Strategy, Technology, Translation


The Meaning Of Medicine: Translating Drug Names

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

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

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

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