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  Megan Waters

Hall of fame: Jean

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A native Chinese speaker from Taiwan, Jean considers Japanese as her second language. When she’s not translating, she enjoys reading manga and watching variety shows to keep her Japanese skills sharp. To reach the Gengo Wordsmith milestone, she reminds fellow

  Jenie Gabriel

English language day: The origins of popular English idioms

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In celebration of United Nations English Day on April 23, we’ve compiled a list of English idioms that non-English speakers might find downright strange or hilarious, especially when translated into their native tongue. Languages evolve and idioms are formed with

  Jenie Gabriel

Eight essential online tools for learning Chinese

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The United Nations celebrates Chinese Language Day every April 20. This date also honors Cangjie, a mythical figure who is believed to have invented Chinese characters about 5,000 years ago. Today, there are almost 1.2 billion Chinese speakers and

  David Gilbert

Translation memory at Gengo

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Translation memory (TM) is a system that stores previously translated content and makes it available to translators for reuse. For companies with highly repetitive content, it can be a powerful tool to improve speed, consistency and cost effectiveness.

It’s something …

  Megan Waters

Faces of Gengo: Toshi

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Toshi is one of our experienced software engineers who joined the Gengo engineering team in early 2013. He has contributed greatly to the company by helping develop innovative translator-facing engineering projects. When he’s not coding or building apps, you’ll find

  Megan Waters

Hall of fame: Sébastien

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In just two years, English to French translator Sébastien became a distinguished Wordsmith because of his dedication to quality. His passion for travel motivated him to join Gengo, where he enjoys the flexibility of working from anywhere in the world.

  Jenie Gabriel

Eight of the best translated jokes from across the globe

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In the spirit of April Fool’s Day, celebrated on April 1, we’ve collected some of the best jokes in different languages. Humor doesn’t always translate well across other languages because of wordplay and cultural references. Each culture defines

  David Gilbert

Sandbox spring cleaning

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Every six weeks, members of Gengo’s engineering team take a day off from their usual schedules to work on a project of their choosing away from the office.

At our last such event—known as a hackathon—one of our engineers, …

  Jenie Gabriel

Language learning debunked

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As children, learning our first language seemed easy but learning a second or third language is certainly no walk in the park. Myths and misconceptions can hold most adults back or discourage them from continuing their language-learning journey. We did

  Jenie Gabriel

French language day: Proverbs for everyday wisdom

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Most French sayings have English equivalents, yet the language of love is often filled with much more imagery and poetic flair than dull old English. In celebration of UN French Language Day on 20 March, we’ve selected some of the

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