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Why it is worthwhile learning a second language!

As far as it goes with learning a new language, many only really dabble in this during time at school and never really take it any further than that. We think that this is a real shame, especially as we get later on in life and it becomes harder and harder to take in the new language and get to grips with it.

To help to inspire you to stick with it and push yourself to learn a second language, here are some of the main reasons why it is worthwhile doing!

It can help you land a job

As more and more companies are choosing to offer a global service, more and more staff members that are multi-lingual are going to be needed. When you think about this, it makes sense that having a second language is going to help to land you a job or progress in your career. If it can help you to make more money, then it might just tempt you into making the effort to learn.

It is fun

Another great reason to learn a new language is that it can be great fun. Of course learning can be a challenge and there may be times when it feels like it is less than fun, but you should always stay on the positive side. You are going to be able to enjoy speaking to new people and you are also going to feel the excitement that can only come with learning something new.

You learn about a new culture

When you learn a new language, you are opening a whole new world for yourself. You may have travelled to that particular country before, but there is a good chance that without language skills you will have had to stick to the more touristy experiences. With an understanding and ability in that particular language, you are going to be able to broaden your horizons, to learn new things and meet new people. All of which is going to help you to learn more about this culture and really embrace.

A new language can boost your confidence

We all can do with a confidence boost from time to time. One way that you may not realise that you can achieve this is by learning a new language. Learning a new language is a definite boost to your confidence. It shows that you can achieve something that you might not have otherwise have thought that you can do and it also gives you the chance to learn a new skill too. Both of which will make you feel even better about yourself and your own ability.

As you can see, there are plenty of positives to learning a new language. Whether it is for your career, for fun or simply to feel awesome about yourself, there is so much to learn and experience when it comes to a second language.

A new language will be great asset to your life and holidays, but for a professional translation service you do need to involve qualified translators who are native speakers of the target language.

 

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June 26, 2019 | Business Translation, Language Translation | No Comments »

Why translating social media content can be amongst the most challenging

There are times when translation can be easy and there are times when it can be a whole lot trickier. Believe it or not, some of the hardest business content to translate comes in the form of social media posts. But why is this? What is it about this form of content that makes it among the trickiest to work with?

Length and character limit

This particular issue is more relevant to Twitter than some of the other forms of social media out there. Twitter posts are limited in their characters and for the majority of languages this is set to 280 characters. It might not be too hard to work around this when you are writing it in your native language as you can figure out where cuts can be made, but what if that post then needs to be translated into another language? Some languages have much longer words than others, which means that getting your message across in the same way can be much harder to do.

English to French translation is a good example of a growth in text. English to German translation is a good example of a translation where individual words become longer, as German combines words to make a single longer word.

Translating hashtags

One thing that you need to get to grips with in the world of social media are hashtags. They are used across the platforms and are a tag that will link your post to others or to a trending term or phrase. Hashtags are usually made up of one word or a short phrase and if you are writing them in one language then they will be likely to make perfect sense and have the right impact. The trouble comes when you want to translate hashtags. The words used may not have a direct translation in another language, or, when they are translated may not make any sense, or have as much impact on your target market.

Sifting through the jargon

Another common consideration when it comes to translating social media content is the fact that there is going to be a variety of jargon based terms and words that are used. An example of this is “likes” whilst this phrase may be instantly recognisable to English speaking Facebook users, it might not work as well when translated into another language.

Social media might pose somewhat of an issue when it comes to translation, but it is still worthwhile making the effort to try and translate the content that is shared through this platform. Not only is social media effective at getting your brand out there. But, it is also a great way to make sure that you reach as many people as possible and with translation services, you can reach them no matter where they are or what language they speak.

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June 24, 2019 | Language Translation | No Comments »

Things to see in Birmingham

It is no secret that London is the top city in the UK for tourists, but that doesn’t mean that it is all that the UK has to offer. There is a wealth of amazing cities in the UK and one that you should never overlook is Birmingham.

A trendy and cultural hotspot, not only is there plenty to see in this bustling and busy city, but there is also plenty to do and explore too. To help inspire you to take a trip to Birmingham, we have put together our guide to the things that you need to see and do whilst you spend some time here.

National Sealife Centre

Who doesn’t love the idea of being able to dive down deep into the heart of the ocean? Whilst Birmingham may not be by the sea, that doesn’t mean that there is no way that you can see some of the amazing creatures that call the ocean their home. All thanks to the National Sealife Centre. An amazing attract that is open every single day and is right in the heart of the centre of the city too!

British Motor Museum

If cars are more your thing and you don’t mind travelling a little further afield than the confines of the city, then the British Motor Museum is a must see for you. Found in Warwick, here you will be able to indulge your petrol head in the world’s largest collection of historic British cars. Including the very first Land Rover to be built.

Drayton Manor Theme Park

For families looking to enjoy some thrills and spills, Drayton Manor Theme Park is not too far away. Whilst it is great for younger children thanks to Thomas Land, it is also great for older kids (and even those who are young at heart) as it comes with larger rides too.

Cadbury World

If you have ever tried Cadbury Chocolate then you are going to know that Cadbury World (the home of the delicious treat) is definitely going on our list. A fascinating look into not only the history of the world famous brand, but also how the chocolate that it creates is manufactured and produced. You will be pleased to know that you even get to try some on your way round too!

The Bullring

One of the best shopping centres in the UK, The Bullring is not only an architectural marvel, but it is also a retail one too. Boasting the biggest Primark store in the UK and a wealth of other high-street and independent stores, it doesn’t matter what you want to treat yourself too, you are going to be able to find it here!

As you can see, we love everything about Birmingham. Not only is it a cultural city with many people all living together, but it is also a great place to go and spend some time. So, what are you waiting for? Add Birmingham to your list of cities to visit in the UK!

Birmingham is a great city and we provide professional translation services in Birmingham for over 140 languages. If your doing business in the city, why not consider selling/buying from other nations to increase profits.

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June 21, 2019 | Business Translation, Language Translation | No Comments »

How to recognise Chinese, Japanese and Korean when reading it

To someone who is not used to reading or writing Chinese, Japanese and Korean, there is a chance that these three languages can become confused. However, they are different from each other and this means that you have to speak them or use them during translation, then you are going to need to know more about them.

So, to help you on the way, we have put together the things that you need to know when it comes to learning more about recognising Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Chinese

The oldest of the languages in the line-up. Chinese has been around for over 3,000 years, which actually makes it the oldest spoken language in the world. Whilst there may be several spoken languages in China and hundreds of different dialects, there is only one written system and this was created in 1913. Something that surprises many people when you consider just how long people had been speaking it up until that point. When written, the Chinese language is made up of characters, unlike English which is made up of letters, all of which carry an individual meaning.

Note: Contact Axis Translations today for professional Chinese translation.

Japanese

Before the 4th Century AD, Japan did not have a writing system of its own, which meant that it started off by using the Chinese script. Over time, the Chines characters became mixed with the Japanese style, which then create a language all of their own. Japanese then evolved even further by creating two other scripts of their own, Katakana and Hiragana.

Note: We can assist you with professional Japanese translation.

Korean

Considering where it is located, it probably comes as no surprise that Korean is also influenced by Chinese too. The Koreans adopted the Chinese characters, although here some characters were chosen for their sound values, whilst others were or their meaning. This is where Korean became confusing, as there was a Korean spoken language, but not a Korean writing system. In the 15th Century, it was decided that Korea needed to adopt its very own writing system so that the civilians could be literate and they could differentiate from their neighbours.

Note: For professional Korean translation services you should contact Axis Translations.

How to spot the difference

When you learn the backgrounds and beginnings for all these languages, it comes as no surprise that it can be hard to tell the difference between them. However, there are subtle differences that can help you to ascertain which language you are working with.

Chinese is incredibly complex, however, if you look at the characters used in their writing system, then you will notice that the characters are denser and that thy are square in their lines. In stark comparison, Japanese has curvy and rounded characters and they are much more spaced out.

It can be hard to pick up on Korean as it is similar in style to Japanese, however, it has something that neither Chinese nor Japanese has. This is the main circular shapes which often form part of sentences and phrases in the language.

As you can see, whilst they may be similar, there are things that you can do to tell the difference in these three languages. A professional and experienced translation service will be able to know which is which and then work with it to create a fully translated document.

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June 19, 2019 | Language Translation | No Comments »

Life’s a Beach – The best beaches in Europe

Translation is great, but there is also life outside work!

 

A great beach holiday means different things to different people. For some, the best beach is a perfect strip of sand with an amazing beach bar, while for others it’s a remote bay that feels untouched by humans – even in high season.

 

Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up all kinds of coast in our guide to the best beaches in Europe. From holidays to gems on the Italian Coast, to food-fuelled getaways in the heart of North Cornwall, if you’re looking for a beach break in Europe this summer, give one of these a go.

 

Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy – for that dreamy coastal walk

 

Italian Coast

 

Steeped in history and art, and offering the best in pizza, pasta, ice cream and coffee, rather unsurprisingly, Italy’s coastline is one of our favourites. Nestled beneath the Amalfi Mountains on the divine ‘Path of the Gods’ walking route, lays this pale pebbled beauty.

 

Paddle in the topaz waters whilst indulging in a beach time stroll and gaze up at the pretty rainbow of quaint little buildings set into the hillside, before a well deserved sit down and an Amaretto.

 

Portals Vells, Mallorca – if you’re after Spanish seclusion

 

Spanish Coast

Mallorca has a lot more to offer than simply over-sized sombreros and straw donkeys, with mountain ranges, olive groves and miles upon miles of white sandy beaches (plus piña coladas with miniature umbrellas that come as standard) the largest of the Balearics is a must-see isle.

 

Follow the bumpy track through the pine woods or moor up in the calm azure waters, either way this secret sandy scape offers some much needed respite from the hustle and bustle of Magalluf. Bask on the quaint 50 metres of sand or don a snorkel to truly explore the turquoise depths. But to really get back to nature, hop across to the nudist beach next door.

 

Shipwreck Bay, Zakynthos, Ionian Islands – for a truly magical adventure

 

 

 

Floating west off the Greek mainland is Zakynthos, a spectacular island rich in Greek culture, from the music and food to of course, the olive trees. Shipwreck Bay is perhaps one of the most famous beaches of all Greece, but do not let this deter you from frequenting its mystical shores.

 

Met by turquoise Ionian waters, the creamy sands of this cove are only interrupted by a ghostly washed up shipwreck jutting out of the pure white plain. Before heading to this intriguing shore (which is only accessible by boat by the way) a trip up the surrounding limestone cliffs is a must, find the rickety viewing platform and capture that perfect picture of paradise.

 

St Agnes, Cornwall, UK – for a beachy surfer community

 

 

 

Forget the sheer cliffs, the on-beach cave and the abandoned tin mines just down the coast path. In St Agnes in north Cornwall, it’s all about community: from the tight-knit crew of local surfers to beachside brewpub The Driftwood Spars, Agnes is a small but bustling hive of activity all year round.

 

Head up the cliff from Trevaunance Cove beach to Wheal Kitty and you’ll find even more: lovingly prepared grub from Ben Quinn’s Canteen, sustainably-made clothes from Finisterre and the HQ of anti-single-use-plastic charity Surfers Against Sewage.

 

Curonian Spit, Lithuania – for otherworldliness

 

 

 

Far from the norm, vibrant Lithuania is one of Europe’s hidden gems, filled with memories of an unusual past, white sandy beaches, rare flora and beautiful lakes.

 

Separating the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea, this 100km UNESCO world heritage site provides a dramatic backdrop to get more than a little snap happy. With the highest moving sand dunes in Europe, marvel at the unique shadows cast across the sand and transport to another world as you explore.

 

Axis Translations offers professional translation services across Europe for all languages and subject areas. Our objective is to provide a complete solution to all your multilingual requirements. Regardless of language and complexity of jargon, we will be able to meet both your personal and organisation’s language needs.

 

If you’re a business based in Europe, contact us today to get started on your journey to a bigger, and better business. Call now on UK 0207 193 1808.

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June 17, 2019 | Language Translation | No Comments »

Why professional translation is absolutely vital for London businesses

London is one of the busiest cities in Europe and a great example of multiculturalism working at its best. If you’re a business based in London, you might think you don’t need professional translation services, but the truth is – you do.

 

Why London based businesses NEED professional translation services:

1.     You can help different nationalities in London feel at home

With so many nationalities buzzing around London, you can’t ignore the many languages being spoken. As a hub of different people from different countries, chances are, English may not be their first language.

 

Despite the fact they live in the country, and can speak English, they will appreciate the extra effort a company goes to translate into their native tongue. It shows that you care about your customers and will go the extra mile to make them feel comfortable. Simply clicking on a website in their language will make a customer more likely to use your business.

2. You can appeal to an international market

If you are currently, or if you’re planning to take your business overseas at some point, you need to be prepared. Have your website and your documents translated early, so there’s no hold ups when you do decide to expand. Many countries require that your website copy is translated, so this breaks down that first barrier.

 

Yet, you don’t even need to have permanent holdings outside the country to benefit. Simply deciding to sell a current product overseas means you will benefit from a website translation service, and massively expand your market.

3.     It opens the door to new opportunities

Maybe you’re not even considering going overseas, but by translating all your copy, marketing, and documents, you open your business up to new future opportunities.

 

You may find that an investor wants to partner with you simply because they saw the website in their own language and were impressed, or you may find that an international market gets in touch about business opportunities abroad. No matter what it is, don’t close yourself off to these new possible opportunities, but rather welcome them by using a translation service today.

 

Whatever type of business you are running, translations can boost your online presence, and not only will your products and services hit the global stage, your business will also see an endless possibilities of growth.

 

Axis Translations offers professional translation services in London fopr all languages and subject areas. Our objective is to provide a complete solution to all your multilingual requirements. Regardless of language and complexity of jargon, we will be able to meet both your personal and organisations language needs.

 

If you’re a business based in London, contact us today to get started on your journey to a bigger, and better business. Call now on UK 0207 193 1808.

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June 12, 2019 | Business Translation, Language Translation, Website Translation | No Comments »

How to build the very best multilingual website for your business

In order to be a global business you are going to need to become a multilingual business. Now, this doesn’t mean that you should spend all your time learning a whole host of languages, as this would be impossible. But what it does mean is that you need to pay attention to how your website is viewed by those who speak a different language to you.

To help you to create the very best multilingual website for your business, we have put together our guide to the things that you need to think about and put in place.

Make sure that it is properly translated

When a customer visits your website it is the very first interaction that they are going to have with you. It is where and how they are going to view you. This means that your website should be the most professional that it can be. This even includes translating pages into other languages. Paying for a professional translation service is going to always show your business in the best light possible.

Figure out which languages to translate into

It might not make sense to translate your website into a variety of languages that are not ever going to view it. Think about which markets you want to create a presence in and ensure that your website is translated into it. Not only this, but if you are considering adding more markets to your business, then make sure that translating your website into that market is a priority rather than rushing it once you have already released to them.

Always think about what colours mean

A colour might just be a colour for you, but for other countries certain colours can have different meanings. Whilst green is an eco friendly colour in the western world, the shade is actually linked to cheating wives in China. Be aware of this and make changes to different language pages of your website if you need to.

Consider your promises to each country

When you are aiming to expand your service or products to different countries, then you are going to need to make sure that you think about the service promises that you make to them, Delivery times will be different and you may even have to add additional charges, especially if you are sending out a product that may have to pass through customs.

You might not be a global business at the moment, but in the future there is a good chance you might want your product/service to appeal across the world. Think about how your multi-website is going to work in other languages and your business is open to new opportunities!

For assistance with a professional website translation service, contact the team at Axis Translations.

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June 10, 2019 | Business Translation, Language Translation, Website Translation | No Comments »

How to spend a day in London

It is no secret that London is a popular UK tourist destination. There are so many things to see and things to do that there is never a dull moment. The only problem with having so much choice is that you might not know where to start or what you really need to see or do.

To help you to make the most of London in a really short space of time, we have put together our guided to the best way to spend a day in London.

Visit the Tower of London

One of the most fascinating tourist attractions in London has to be the Tower of London. The history of the tower includes death, betrayal, plotting and scheming and is just as interesting as a drama show on TV. It really is worth visiting, even if you are short of time in the capital.

Take a walk down the South Bank

Just over Tower Bridge you will find The South Bank. This fully pedestrianised area is a great part of London to visit. It is not only the home of The London Eye, but also the home of HMS Belfast too. There are also a wide variety of fantastic restaurants and bars along the walk, where you can rest your feet.

Stand outside Buckingham Palace

You might wonder just how interesting it can be to stand outside a building. But with Buckingham Palace it is definitely worth a visit. Here is where the Queen resides and not only can you hope for a glimpse of royalty (if someone is home of course) but if you time it right then you can also see the changing of the guards, which is a great sight to see.

Sit down in Trafalgar Square

There is a good chance that you are starting to see that there are plenty of amazing places to see in London. But this can be tiring. Sometimes you are going to want to simply sit down and enjoy some of the atmosphere that makes London such an amazing city to visit. One spot that you can do this is Trafalgar Square. Here you will be able to stop and let the world move around you, and, more often than not there is likely to be some form of street entertainment going on here too.

Get yourself some dinner

One thing that you absolutely must do in London is find somewhere to sit down and eat. This is a city where you will find pretty much every single cuisine out there, it doesn’t matter what type of food that you fancy, there is going to be a restaurant just waiting to give you a table.

It might seem hard to see enough of London in one day, but we can promise you that it is possible to absorb the best of the city in a short space of time. The only thing that you will need to keep in mind is that there is so much to love about London that you are absolutely 100% going to fall in love with the city and want to visit again as soon as possible.

So have a great day in London, but remember to contact us for a translation service in London. Have a great weekend!

 

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June 7, 2019 | Language Translation | No Comments »

Are computer translators replacing human based translating services?

Computers are becoming more and more advanced and able to do things that before were all human tasks. This has extended into translation services. Whilst computers are becoming a much-used way to translate text, they are still working alongside (and behind) human translation.

However, we do have to wonder, whether or not that is always going to be the case. Will there be a time when computers completely replace humans when it comes to translation services?

Computers can make errors

It might seem that when it comes to making mistakes during translation that human error is the biggest risk factor. However, the truth is that this isn’t the case. Of course, people can make a mistake, but these are more often than not picked up and changed.

The errors that computers often make are down to the software misunderstanding a word in one language that has many meanings. Whilst this may not seem like a huge error, it can make you look unprofessional if you then send this to your clients or upload it to your website.

But people are not as fast

One reason that many people opt for a computer-based translation service is because they are faster than a person. There is no denying this as the truth, however, speed isn’t always the most important thing in the world. A person may take longer, but they are going to be accurate, they are going to ensure that they have an understanding of the text, rather than it being a straight word for word translation.

Computers are improving all the time

The thing about technology is that it is always improving and it is always getting better. This means that there is likely to be a time when computers are able to match the type of translation service that a person can provide. Both in accuracy and fluidity too. However, that requires AI with massive levels of processing power as so is unlikely to be free or a simple application in the time scales people expect.

Perhaps they could work together?

It might be scary to think that human translation services could be replaced by a computer at some point, but we think that this gives us the opportunity to bring both worlds together. Human translators can work on translating texts using computer software, bringing their expertise to the speed that a computer can offer.

In doing this, not only will texts be translated quickly, but they will be accurate too and above all else, they will make sense. This is something that every business who wants to be seen globally can benefit from! However, we are not there yet and computer translations are still too poor to achieve a final high-quality translation. A key reason for this is that the computer translation will make choices and therefore push a human translator in a particular direction, that might be incorrect or simply not the best option.

A computer translation will also fail to localize and so might be a good translation, but not fit for the target audience. In such a case it would likely take a human translator longer to correct the document than translate again from scratch.

Need expert translation services for your business? Speak to us and see if we can help you to make sure that any texts that you have are translated perfectly. Showing your business in the best light and making sure that your customers know exactly what you are trying to say, no matter where they are located in the world.

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June 5, 2019 | Language Translation | No Comments »

The most interesting English pubs in the UK (Outside London)

Axis Translations has its headquarters in the UK. While being focused on professional translation services in the UK is what we do during the day, it appears that some of our team also enjoys some other features of the UK…… pubs! If there is one thing that the UK is famous for, it is pubs. Not only do we have plenty of pubs throughout the UK, from the tiniest to the biggest, but we also have a number of pubs in the UK that are more than just a place to grab a drink.

If you want to learn more about the most interesting English pubs in the UK (outside of London for the purpose of this post), then why not check out our list of those that are definitely worth a visit.

The Birdcage, Thame

Found just outside of Oxford, one of the most interesting things about the Birdcage is that it was once a prison. However, that isn’t all, it is also thought to be haunted, which means that it is a popular choice for those people who are looking to hunt for ghosts whilst they also enjoy a drink or two.

Fab Café, Leeds

Whilst this particular bar isn’t strictly a pub it is still an amazing place to visit. Recognised as a TV and Movie themed bar, it is packed full of amazing toys, comics and decorative pieces that make this an amazing place to spend some time. Playing pinball is a must here and you can also check out the interesting menu which is packed full of drinks and treats that you just need to try.

Redruth Meadery, Cornwall

One thing about Cornwall is that it is packed full of a variety of pubs, most of which have a “Ye Olde” feel to them. One of the most interesting pubs is the Redruth Meadery. Not only is the décor something straight out of a Viking or Medieval movie, it is also famous for offering a rather interesting variety of drinks too

The Crooked House, Dudley

If you visit The Crooked House in Dudley then be ready to feel more than just a little bit wonky. This pub is in an area that has seen substantial coal mining. This has meant that the ground it stands on has become tilted and slanted. If this wasn’t enough to make you a little tipsy, then the pub is also packed full of optical illusions to send you over the edge.

The Marsden Grotto, South Shields

One of the most unique pubs in the UK has to be this seafront pub in South Shields. Based on a beach that looks across the North Sea towards Denmark, the actual pub is located in a sea cave. It was once a location used by smugglers, but now it is a fascinating place to enjoy a drink or two.

As you can see, the UK is packed full of amazing pubs that are more than just a great place to drink. They are historical, they are brilliantly designed and they are in an interesting setting. Make sure that you plan to spend some time in these amazing English pubs and we can promise you that you won’t regret it!

 

So once you have visited this range of good English pubs, don’t forget Axis Translations for English translation services in the UK. We can assist you with over 150 languages and also provide interpreters around the UK.

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June 3, 2019 | Language Translation | No Comments »