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Why Pre-Editing Your Source Language Document Matters

on May 1, 2018 by TranslationPal in Blog
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We’ve talked about post-editing before, but what does pre-editing mean and why should you be doing it? Pre-editing is the process of reviewing a document before you begin the translation process, looking for issues that could cause problems in translation. Here are some tips on how to ensure that the translation process goes smoothly and […]

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A glossary of translation industry terms

on April 3, 2018 by TranslationPal in Blog
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Like any industry, the translation business has its own jargon. We’ve created this glossary to help you understand some of the most commonly used terms. Back translation: Back translation is when you take a target language document and translate it back to the source language. If you’ve translated a document from French to English, then […]

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A Quick Guide to Translation Types

on March 8, 2018 by TranslationPal in Blog
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When you’re new to purchasing translation – whether you’re making a one-time transaction on your own behalf or setting up a long-term enterprise translation strategy – the different types of translation that language services providers offer can be confusing. Below we’ve compiled a quick guide to some of the most common types you’ll find. Machine […]

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The basics of Canadian English

on January 29, 2018 by TranslationPal in Blog
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Earlier this month, we covered the differences between US and UK English. But that’s not the end of it — there’s a third major variant of English we offer here at TranslationPal, and it’s the one spoken in Canada. You might think that, due to geographical proximity, Canadian English is exactly the same as American […]

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A short guide to the differences between UK and US English

on January 10, 2018 by TranslationPal in Blog
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There’s an old joke that says that the Great Britain and the United States are two countries divided by a common language. It’s not entirely untrue — although American and British English speakers can understand one another very well, everything from vocabulary to usage can be different. Here are a few of the key differences […]

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What is a Certified Translation?

on January 3, 2018 by TranslationPal in Uncategorized
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Translated documents that need to be submitted to government agencies, universities, legal bodies, or other institutions often need to be certified. First of all, let’s clear up a common misconception: in the United States, as opposed to other countries, this does not mean that the translator needs to be certified. The US has one major […]

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False friends – Spanish

on April 19, 2017 by admin in Blog
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As you can see on this family tree, which depicts Indo-European and Uralic languages, English shares common roots with many European and even Asian languages. When two languages belong to the same family, it’s not uncommon for them to share words*. But one of the more difficult lessons for language learners is that just because […]

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Certified Translations for USCIS

on November 7, 2016 by admin in Blog
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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) is the governmental authority in charge of processing applications for visas, green cards, and citizenship in the United States. As part of their application, applicants are required to submit copies of their vital statistics documents, such as birth certificates, medical records, police records, marriage certificates, etc. When […]

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Customize Your Resume for the United States and Canada

on October 29, 2016 by admin in Blog
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Before you get your resume translated into English, have you ensured that it’s been customized to suit the country where you’re applying for a job? After all, different cultures have different requirements for resumes. For example: In Turkey, where military service is compulsory, you’re expected to show your military status on your CV. A typical […]

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English Language

on September 14, 2016 by admin in Blog
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The number of people who speak English as a first language is estimated to be anywhere between 360 and 500 million. Native English speakers live in the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as in many of the countries that once belonged to the British Empire, such as Canada, Australia, Jamaica, and Singapore. […]

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