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    The Differences Between Chinese, Japanese and Korean Languages

    Red Chinese lanterns - Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages There are an estimated 2,300 languages spoken in Asia. But Chinese, Japanese and Korean make up the most popular East Asian languages. Upon hearing the three languages spoken, you may struggle to distinguish exactly which one is which. Even the written alphabet can be hard to tell apart. While the three countries may be close in proximity, the languages have significant differences and unique features. The experts at one of the UK’s leading translation company, Absolute Translations have laid out a brief history and basic features of all the languages below: 1. Chinese As discussed in our previous blog about...

    The Top 3 Spoken Languages in the World

    Top 3 languages in the world - flags in globe With more than 7,000 languages registered around the world, it’s easy to wonder; “What are some of the most used languages in the world?” For example, in Papua New Guinea, there are over 800 languages spoken. Using Ethnologue, the translation experts at Absolute Translations - the UK’s leading providers of certified translation services, have put together a list of the top three most spoken languages around the world:   1. Mandarin Chinese While not strictly a single language, Chinese is recorded as the most spoken language in the world; with a total of 1.1 billion speakers. The biggest of the...

    ‘Do I Need Certified Document Translation Services?’ Absolute Translations Answers…

    Certified document translation services magnify glass on document As a business, you may be inclined to utilise online translating systems such as Google Translate when deciding how exactly to translate a document. However, despite its quick and cost-effective benefits, machine translators often produce grammatically inaccurate copy, lacking in cultural context and structure. With nearly 1 in 5 translated documents submitted for official purposes reported to be either fraudulent or technically inaccurate, government bodies, businesses, schools or other organisations cannot always rely on the accuracy of non-certified document translations.  However, when you utilise document translation services from a certified translation company, you are guaranteed reliable translation from one language...

    Why Translated Subtitles are Important in Video Adverts

    Video content translated subtitles on laptop In the last few years, video marketing has become extremely popular; with revenue from promotional videos reaching an estimated $5bn in 2018. However, marketers are making one fundamental mistake in their videos by not including subtitles. You may have recorded fantastic video content and done everything you can to promote it; from sharing it on social media to optimising the title and descriptions. Yet the results on your video may be poor. Any professional translator would be able to tell you this is because you haven’t added translated subtitles onto your content. Adding captions to your videos through video subtitling...

    Localisation vs Translation: What’s The Difference?

    Typing on computer When it comes to marketing translations, the terms ‘website translation’ and ‘website localisation’ are often used interchangeably. In fact, it’s not uncommon for marketers and business owners to be unaware of the differences between the two; or even know that there are any distinctions.   While the processes share similarities; an understanding of the two phrases and what sets them apart can benefit your knowledge of the industry. It can also help your brand effectively expand globally.   Firstly, it’s important to understand the difference between localisation and translation for marketing materials. When translating a website, a translator will change...

    How Has The Evolution of Languages Affected Translations?

    Talking through cups In the past, communicating with people who speak different languages was a difficult task. For example, early European settlers encountered difficulties when trying to do business with natives in the Americas and Asia. Whilst in recent years, globalisation has changed the way we connect with others, there is still an issue with communication in business.   Fortunately, a translation company like Absolute Translations can offer a solution for modern businesses. With a team of professional translators living and working around the world, our linguists are not only fluent in the target language but understand the culture; one of the earliest...