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Lugano Translations was born in Switzerland, the country with four national languages. Switzerland is a confederation of states with different cultures, different cuisines and different people, and this confederation has been around since the year 1291. For this reason, the Swiss grow up with the desire and ability to converse with people of other cultures[…]

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Do you want to sell to Asia? Would you like to purchase from Asia for your business? If you are interested in buying and/or selling from and/or to Asia, and East Asia in particular, then this post is for you. As a brief introduction, however, I can’t really put it any better than the beginning of[…]

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A recent article in the Economist highlights an interesting topic. Is it better to protect one’s language, as France and Germany are doing, or to have more of a laissez-faire attitude, as is done with English? English is more widespread than the other two languages, but that does not necessarily mean causation. After all, it is because[…]

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To be where you are today means that you are very lucky. For hundreds of millions of years your forebears were able to stay alive and healthy and attractive long enough to mate with another of their species and carry on doing so throughout many different species and generations. They were also able to adapt[…]

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Have you ever wondered what English would sound like if it had not been so influenced by other languages such as Latin, Gaelic, Norse, French, etc.? Neither have we. But some people have indeed thought long and hard about it and have created The Anglish Moot, a website dedicated to “English without words borrowed from other[…]

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We mentioned before that languages are not static, but evolving entities. Frisian became Anglo-Saxon became old English became Shakespearian English became British English became American English (possibly skipping British English in this particular case). So the fact is, language is still evolving. As much as we enjoy watching Mad Men and find it a throwback to a[…]

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In introducing East Asia, I can’t really put it any better than the beginning of the Wikipedia page (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_East_Asia): “The economy of East Asia is one of the most successful regional economies of the world. It is home of some of the world’s largest and most prosperous economies: China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South[…]

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As many of you know, I am back in the United States (for now), and it has been a hot hot hot summer so far in Charleston. But I am writing this because we are happy to announce that the course we’ve been working on for almost a year now is finally available! It is called How[…]

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Some points regarding getting paid as a Freelance Translator Since I’ve been having some issues (again) regarding payment, I thought I would just jot these down. 1. Boomerang. This has been really useful for me for collecting payments. Boomerang works with Gmail (and probably other email hosts as well), and the way it works is[…]

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