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Is a Universal Language Possible?

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First published in Multilingual Magazine, by Jeannette Stewart. If you want to translate this or other Multilingual articles, please click here.

According to Noam Chomsky, linguist and political thinker, “A language is not just words. It’s a culture, a tradition, a unification of a community, a whole history that creates what a community is. It’s all embodied in a language.” So, what does language mean for a global community?

Apertium

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First published in Multilingual Magazine, by Jeannette Stewart. If you want to translate this or other Multilingual articles, please click here.

We all know what it is to learn a language. We, of course, acquire our native language as we grow up. Then comes the joy, challenge or chore (depending on our capabilities) of learning languages in education. There are many ways in which languages are taught and learned, but the end result is the same in giving us the ability to communicate beyond our native language group members. It enlarges our community. Now we live in the digital age and are grappling with ways to best facilitate multilingual global communications.

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TED Community

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First published in Multilingual Magazine, by Jeannette Stewart. If you want to translate this or other Multilingual articles, please click here.

If Wikipedia is collecting the world’s knowledge and Mozilla is defending a free and open internet, TED is giving voice to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” What started over 30 years ago as a one-off conference bringing together the already-converging elements of technology, education and design, has mushroomed into a world-wide phenomenon that attracts some of the top thinkers, luminaries and influencers across the entire spectrum of human endeavors. TED has come a long way from its original concept but its mission has remained the same: make great ideas accessible and spark conversation.

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Red T

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First published in Multilingual Magazine, by Jeannette Stewart. If you want to translate this or other Multilingual articles, please click here.

“Our vision is a world in which translators and interpreters can work free from fear of persecution, prosecution, imprisonment, abduction, torture and assassination.” Communications are a critical component in modern warfare. Neither intelligence gathering nor logistics nor multinational armed forces can operate unless lines of communication are open and functioning reliably and safely.

The Open Source Way

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First published in Multilingual Magazine, by Jeannette Stewart. If you want to translate this or other Multilingual articles, please click here.

In March 2013, a struggling start-up announced that they were open-sourcing their core-technology, which enables developers to move software easily between different machines by enclosing it in “containers”. What started then arguably has no precedence as Docker has become a phenomenon in the open-source community. With over a billion downloads, nearly two thousand contributors, and $150M funding, Docker has become a main player in the software landscape. But none of this would have happened if they had not bravely open-sourced their technology.

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Endangered Languages

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First published in Multilingual Magazine, by Jeannette Stewart. If you want to translate this or other Multilingual articles, please click here.

Endangered languages are an issue of urgent concern these days, involving efforts by academia, corporate business and countless individuals across the globe. When we look at the staggering number of results returned on almost any search argument containing the words ‘language,’ ‘culture’ or ‘communication,’ it is clear just how important these aspects of life are to humanity.

Women in Localization

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First published in Multilingual Magazine, by Jeannette Stewart. If you want to translate this or other Multilingual articles, please click here.

According to “The Athena Factor,” a report published in the Harvard Business Review in 2008, women in tech often suffer career stagnation at the mid-point of their careers, a time when their male counterparts begin to move up. It is reported that women who do succeed, regularly experience great difficulty in capitalizing on their success. Lack of support from senior management in defining a career path, including sponsorship and mentoring, was found to be critical in this failing.

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Mentoring Initiatives

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First published in Multilingual Magazine, by Jeannette Stewart. If you want to translate this or other Multilingual articles, please click here.

Business loves its buzzwords and it is tempting to regard these as mere expressions of fashion or trends with limited meaning. While caution is advisable, sense should also prevail. This is certainly the case with mentoring. The idea of an experienced, older individual counseling a younger charge is an ancient one reaching back to classical Greek mythology. Mentoring has been practiced down through the ages to the present day where it has found vogue in corporate culture as a means of growing and refining the skills that modern business requires.

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Main steps of a translation project

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In this article, Nancy Matis describes the main stages of a translation project, from the very first contact up to the closing stage of the project. Analysis, quotation, planning, launching, monitoring… a list of steps that, regardless the project length and/or person in charge, are present in most translation pojects. Read more about all of them in the PDF below. Download.