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  Megan Waters

Hall of fame: Ben

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Ben, a Paris-based translator working in three language pairs, is the newest addition to our growing roster of Gengo Wordsmiths. His penchant for mastering languages and understanding cultures has been instrumental in his translation career. He advises budding translators to

  Jenie Gabriel

Pros and cons of living overseas

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In 2013, there were a total of 232 million international migrants—defined by the United Nations as people who have lived a year or more outside their country of birth—around the world. Whether your own choice or due to

  Jenie Gabriel

10 must-read books for language lovers

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Reading is as essential as it is mandatory when learning another language and trying to understand facets of communication. This list of our favorite fiction and nonfiction books aims to inspire and entertain language lovers, writers, bookworms and anyone fascinated

  Jenie Gabriel

Russian language day: 8 useful expressions and how to use them

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Each year on June 6 marks United Nations Russian Language Day. This date also commemorates the birthday of the father of Russian literature, Alexander Pushkin. Here’s our list of top idioms and expressions to give you a deeper understanding

  Jenie Gabriel

Eight hilarious localization fails in advertising

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Going beyond translation, localization can make or break marketing campaigns. The process of adapting a product or content to a specific country or target market, localization requires a deep understanding and comprehensive study of the culture. Some brands make the

  Megan Waters

Hall of fame: Carley

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With Carley’s penchant for learning and her excellent research skills, it’s no surprise that she has achieved Gengo Wordsmith status. Her advice for other translators? Never stop polishing your writing skills in your native tongue so you can accurately translate

  Jenie Gabriel

10 online translation tools recommended by translators

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The translation process can often be somewhat tedious—sometimes covering a multitude of topics, requiring extensive research and contextual knowledge. Fortunately, the digital revolution triggered the creation of tools, software and resources that helps ease the burden of translation and improve

  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

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