#ATA59 NOLA: A Conference Well Worth It!

All roads led to New Orleans for the just-ended 59th annual conference of the American Translators Association (#ATA59, #NOLA). About 1600 participants (linguists, language service providers, companies/organizations, government agencies…) from across the globe; representing every major language or culture one could think of. As always, it was diversity at its best and cross-cultural communication in action. I’m yet to be a veteran attendee but can safely say there’s no better place to network, meet and make friends who ‘get’ you, acquire much-needed skills in the ever-changing T&I industry, expand your horizon and grow your business than at the ATA conference....
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You spoke, We listened: Website Facelift

It's been a long-time coming but we finally implemented some changes on our currently self-managed website. We made both cosmetic and content changes. Amongst the new features are: A  Services page A revamped Home page which now highlights our acclaimed workflow/QA process An About Us page that truly represents us A 'Contact us' widget An updated Request Service page that now includes a form An Instagram feed We believe the changes make our site more user-friendly and that the current site does more justice to our business and services. Thanks a lot for sacrificing a few minutes of your time to review and provide objective feedback. To...
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A Culturo-linguistic Perspective of the Separatist Movement in Cameroon

Commonly dubbed 'Africa in Miniature', for its cultural, ethnic and geographical diversity, this Central African nation is home to over 277 living  languages (273 indigenous, 4 non-indigenous, 12 institutional, 101 developing, 88 vigorous, 56 endangered, and 20 dying) with French and English as official languages. Handed as 'bounty' to France and Britain after the first World War, Cameroon was geographically and linguistically split into 'anglophone', Southern or British and 'francophone'  or French Cameroon or territories respectively. For a better understanding of our analysis, here's a brief socio-political background on Cameroon: While English Cameroon witnessed colonial inclusion by the British, French...
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Shout out to all the strong women out there! #womanpower

To commemorate Mother's Day, I would like to highlight and express gratitude to my female stronghold. I am surrounded by, and have drawn inspiration from many resilient women. Across the globe, women have come a long way, and significant strides have been made towards empowerment and gender equality. Yet, the struggle to face and overcome the sometimes unfair competition and discrimination between sexes is still very much alive; even in seemingly tolerant/equal workplaces or the most advanced societies. The gender wage gap in America for example, cannot be overemphasized. For the purpose of this blog, we would like to focus...
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The Leap of Faith

It is amazing how easily we could get comfortable in misery. It just takes us courage and faith to take risks and liberate ourselves from miserable situations we find ourselves stuck in. For every freelancer, and I believe this is true for any life-changing situation, there's always that moment, that experience that pushes us to take that leap and just trust our faith and capabilities. Mine came when I knew I had enough of being miserable at a full-time job. The current world economy and job market situation leaves many people in jobs they're way overqualified for, both in terms...
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Ramblings of a Translator

A translator colleague says he may have to ‘avoid the Brits to be a good translator…’ I thought that was hilarious. I believe it’s harder for the typical American because of the almost monolingual (safe for some Spanish) situation of the country. For linguists or people who grow up in multi-lingual contexts, code-switching is a near natural phenomenon. British and American English vary but for the most part, it’s the same core language.  And I’d dare say that in terms of authenticity, the former carries more weight. Same applies to say Canadian vs French French or Belgian vs French French. That’s where...
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