ACT Translations
25 days ago
Picture the scene: in 1977, at the height of the Cold War, US President Jimmy Carter visits Poland.
However, a translation error turns his curiosity into an unexpected “craving.” A simple #interpreting error made Carter’s visit a legend and a permanent target of Polish jokes. 🤦‍♂️

These kinds of #translation mishaps have frequently influenced #international relations in the past.

Be it diplomatic mix-ups, cultural misunderstandings, or simply inept translators - #language plays a key role in #diplomacy . 🗝️

Our latest ACT blog post looks at the “Top five translation mistakes,“ that led to diplomatic misunderstandings.

Learn more about the astonishing, bizarre, and instructive moments of history when words changed the world. 🌎

👉 Discover the power of language in diplomacy with us!

#politics #localization #translationfails #interpreter #interpretation #fail #fails #culture #power #top5 #lostintranslation
ACT Translations
25 days ago
“Countries have gone to war because they misunderstood each other.” - Nicole Kidman in “The Interpreter.” 🎬✨
(A top movie recommendation!)

This powerful statement underlines the vital role of #translators in #diplomacy .

In a world where every word has the potential to build or destroy relations, they are the unsung heroes behind the scenes. 🌍🔍

For example, are you aware of the dramatic consequences of translating the English word “race” into the German word “Rasse”?

Or how an incorrectly interpreted word during the Cold War could almost have triggered an #international crisis?

Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of diplomatic #language skills and discover why every word counts in diplomacy. 📜🖋️

Interested? Then take a deeper dive on our ACT blog! 🤓

#politics #translation #localization #translationfails #interpreter #interpretation #culture #power
ACT Translations
25 days ago
Have you heard of the town called "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch"? 🤨

With more than 9 million available apps worldwide, their success is not just a question of #technology but also #language and #culture . 📲🌎

Let’s suppose you are playing the popular mobile game “Clash of Clans” and the ******* on for “Farming” (accumulating resources) is translated into German as “Landwirtschaft,” which means “agriculture.” That’s confusing, isn’t it? 👾

It is therefore no coincidence that 65% of users prefer to use an app in their native language.

Ensuring that your app is carefully translated and localized improves the user experience and strengthens your #brand identity. 📈

Which brings us back to "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch".

Let’s ******* ume you want to visit the town of "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch", and you open #Google Maps to find directions.
But Google Maps only displays "Llanfairpwllgwyngyll".
The rest of the name has disappeared into the digital ether due to ******* e constraints.

Don’t panic! 😯 Clever #localization has got you covered.
Just enter the English translation of the name: “St Mary's Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel near a Rapid Whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio near the Red Cave” and Google Maps will show you the way.

This is how the translation and localization of an app can save you from a confusing wild goose chase.

Read our blog to discover how translation and localization influence the #appbusiness .

#languageservices #translation #apps #apptranslation #userexperience #languages
ACT Translations
25 days ago
Does machine translation deliver the perfect #translation ? 🤔

Machine translation using #AI is a blessing for private individuals as well as global corporations. 🤖🌍

Machine translation using AI, in particular, has made major strides. Neuronal networks allow machine translation tools to learn from their mistakes and adapt their language models autonomously.

However, even the best technology can make mistakes.
That’s because language is more than just a chain of letters and words but is also an expression of #culture and context.
Machine translations are often unable to recognize these cultural disparities, leading to misinterpretations.

Post-editing is a key step to ensure translations are accurate. Human translators check and refine the results of an #MT .

Read our blog to learn how this technology can help optimize your translation processes!

#machinetranslation #postediting #globalbusiness #languages #technology
ACT Translations
25 days ago
Do foreign #languages change our personality? 👥

Americans of Mexican extraction who had grown up speaking two languages participated in a study by the University of Connecticut. The test subjects completed a personality test in English and in Spanish.

The test results in English focused on personal success 📈
whereas the responses in Spanish concentrated on/referenced family values. 👩‍👩‍👦‍👦

Languages and cultures influence how we feel, think and act.
Cultural mindsets and ideas **** ociated with the respective language influence our self-perception, self-confidence and emotions. 🏛️😍

How else does language influence us?

You will find fascinating information in our blog.
Check it out! 🤓

#languages #litranslators #localization #culture #identity
ACT Translations
25 days ago

What do dragons, Winnetou and James Bond have got to do with Slovenia?

We reveal another four exciting facts about the Balkan country:

🐲 The dragon is the coat of arms of the capital city Ljubljana (city of dragons). The stalactite caves of Slovenia are home to the smallest living dragon, a black olm.

🎬 This scenic country offers spectacular landscapes where Hollywood blockbusters such as “Winnetou - Old Surehand” or “Death Train” featuring former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan have been shot.

🏭 Slovenia’s top exports include chemicals, machinery, vehicles as well as electrical engineering.

🇸🇮 The Slovenian language not only uses the singular and plural but also the dual grammatical number for nouns that only exist in pairs, such as arms and legs.

There are more linguistic peculiarities and exciting facts about the country.

Check out our blog!

#internationalbusiness #language #translation #culture
ACT Translations
25 days ago
According to the UNESCO World Atlas of Languages, only half of today’s languages will still exist by the end of the 21st century! 😳

But why do languages die out?

- The language is not passed on to younger generations
- The native speakers die out
- Many indigenous languages are only passed down verbally
- Globalization: global trade is mostly conducted in English, which is why linguistic minorities are becoming less important in the economic sphere
- War, persecution and natural disasters can wipe out entire populations of native speakers

Linguistic diversity preserves our identity and culture! 🏛️

Translating content into different languages helps to maintain them.

Which languages are already extinct and which are in danger of becoming extinct in the future?

Check out our blog!

#languages #litranslators #localization #culture #diversity #identity
ACT Translations
25 days ago
How do you celebrate #christmas ? 🎄

In recent weeks, we have shared some crazy facts with you about Christmas traditions worldwide, and we’re not done yet. 🌍

How is Christmas celebrated in #Japan , #Denmark and #Mexico ?

Or which country puts a semi-naked figure in the Christmas crib? 🧐

Check out our blog for more whacky Christmas traditions!

#newyear #culture #holidays
ACT Translations
25 days ago
Crazy #facts about #christmas 🎅

A white Christmas every year? ☃️

In Rio de Janeiro, people don't wait for it to snow at Christmas.

Instead, they scatter white or colored confetti through the city's streets so it almost looks like it is snowing. ❄️

Boas Festas!

#christmasiscoming #international #culture #brazil
ACT Translations
25 days ago
Crazy #facts about #christmas 🎅

Some 24 million people living in India are Christians and celebrate Christmas.

They even have beautifully decorated trees. 🎄

However, since pine trees are scarce in India, people used palm trees, banana plants or mango trees instead and decorate them with bright colors, garlands and lights.

In India, it is also customary to give a gift of a lemon to the head of the family as a sign of love and honor. 🍋

Shubh Naya Baras!

#christmasiscoming #international #culture #india

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