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Cultural faux pas: Avoiding a business disaster

Cultural faux pas: Avoiding a business disaster

We're always talking about the need to understand the complexities of language when carrying out translations.Businesses want to ensure a…

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Beware proverbs and idioms when creating content

Beware proverbs and idioms when creating content

Any content creator will know that it's nice to add a personal touch when speaking to target audiences, something that…

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Successful meetings in Japan – How to avoid the height of rudeness in the Far East

How to avoid the height of rudeness in the Far East

Despite the increasing prevalence of business technology in our lives, many people prefer certain aspects of the working world to…

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Want to find out about Asian business culture? Let us help you

Want to find out about Asian business culture? Let us help you

The concerted economic growth in Asia has presented a number of business opportunities for ambitious firms.  Both SMEs and large-scale…

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Slogans: A cautionary localization tale

Slogans: A cautionary localization tale

What makes a slogan successful? Being memorable? Making people think? Being easy to understand? The reality is that slogans can…

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When is a word untranslatable?

When is a word untranslatable?

Obviously we're big fans of translating, but even we have to accept that sometimes we are left stumped.  Despite the…

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Puma scores marketing own goal

Puma scores marketing own goal

So you're a global sports brand looking to use high-profile endorsements to boost visibility on your new product range. Sounds…

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Business blunders: Famous translation mistakes

Business blunders: Famous translation mistakes

The rise of localized branding has made perfect translations more important than ever. It is no longer acceptable to create…

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We Need To Talk About Chinese Tattoos

Image 1: People should think long and hard before having a Chinese symbol tattoo

With more than one billion native speakers, it's fair to say that Mandarin Chinese is a pretty popular language.  This…

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Mass Translations Get Clergy Hot Under The Collar

Image 1: US Catholics are not happy with the latest Mass translation

When it comes to the word of God, it seems not everyone can agree exactly on what they want those…

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