The Difference Between Speaking a Language and Translating It

The Difference Between Speaking a Language and Translating It (A language graduate’s perspective)   The differences between speaking a language and translating it are countless. My job, passion and intimate relationship with the language industry have led me to realise that the differences between speaking a language and translating it are countless. Naturally, depending on … Read More

Translating between German and English

German and English are both Germanic languages belonging to the Indo-European language family. As such, they share certain features. Examples are cognates such as Sommer/summer, trinken/drink and kommen/come. When it comes to translating between German and English, the devil lies in the differences, so to speak. German syntax and the German tense system differ greatly … Read More

The Importance of Localisation in a South African Context.

“Localisation (localization): the process of adapting a product or service to a particular language, culture, and desired local “look-and-feel” South Africa is a rainbow amalgamation of cultures, languages and heritage. Of our Eleven official languages, Zulu is the most prevalent, followed by Xhosa, Afrikaans and English. With such a varied group of cultures, languages and … Read More

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