Language of the Month – April is SPANISH!

In our new series this year, Language of the Month, we are looking at twelve of the world’s nearly 6000 fascinating languages, one each month. Join us on this trip around the globe and discover facts, trivia and insider information about some awesome languages!

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Translator ex Machina – Machine translation in focus

Last week I visited Warsaw for The Translation & Localisation Conference 2018. It was amazing and inspiring to meet other linguists from all over Europe, listen to the presenters talk about the latest developments and changes in the industry, and geek out on linguistic topics (although we do that pretty regularly here in the office, too!).

One theme that was the centre of attention of this year’s TLC was the ever so trendy and much-discussed machine translation. The subject of machine translation or MT is impossible to avoid nowadays and it frequently pops up in conversations in linguistic circles: key words such as neural, adaptive, post-edited often make their way into discussions and it wasn’t any different at the Warsaw conference either. Continue reading Translator ex Machina – Machine translation in focus

Happy World Poetry Day!

Happy World Poetry Day!Come and join First Edition’s virtual celebration of the UNESCO World Poetry Day! Read some of our team’s favourite (translated) poems below both in the original language and in English. Continue reading Happy World Poetry Day!

Language of the Month – March is FRENCH!

In our new series this year, Language of the Month, we are looking at twelve of the world’s nearly 6000 fascinating languages, one each month. Join us on this trip around the globe and discover facts, trivia and insider information about some awesome languages!

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Famous female translator: Émilie du Châtelet

Today is International Women’s Day and as French is the Language of the Month here at First Edition, we thought we’d bring you the famous female French translator, Émilie du Châtelet as a way of celebrating both!Émilie Du Châtelet

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Museum guides

Go into any major museum or art gallery in the world and chances are you will be offered a guide to the collection, an expert glimpse into the history and meaning of the beautiful works and artefacts around you. Chances are also that this guide will have been published by Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers. For many years we at First Edition have worked in collaboration with Scala to make sure these treasure troves aren’t locked to you if you don’t happen to speak the language.

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Language of the Month – February is CHINESE MANDARIN!

In our new series this year, Language of the Month, we are looking at twelve of the world’s nearly 6000 fascinating languages, one in each month. Join us on this trip around the globe and discover facts, trivia and insider information about some awesome languages!Chinese Mandarin

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Burns Night – Celebrating the world-famous Scottish poet

Burns NightBurns Night is upon us, with an abundance of haggis, the “great chieftain o’ the puddin’-race” and whisky and poetry! Many poetry lovers come together every year on 25 January, the birthday of Robert Burns, the great Scottish poet and celebrate him by consuming typical Scottish food and drinks. This is a tradition that has been kept since 1801, when his friends gathered together five years after Burns’s death to commemorate his life and work.

While informal gatherings of friends might just enjoy a bit of haggis and (a bit more) spirits, formal Burns suppers actually have a set standard order, starting with a piper greeting guests, welcoming speeches, then several courses of delicious Scottish food with toasts and poetry recitals. Even the haggis is addressed by the host before it is ceremoniously cut. The feast is then closed by everyone joining hands and singing Auld Lang Syne, one of Burns’s most famous poems.

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Traditionally haggis is made of offal, oatmeal and various spices but vegetarians and vegans should not despair as there are several non-meaty options available, too. Haggis is often served with “neeps and tatties” which is Scottish for mashed swede and potato. Oh, and don’t forget a wee dram, either!

 

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Language of the Month – January is ITALIAN!

In our new series this year, Language of the Month, we are looking at twelve of the world’s nearly 6000 fascinating languages, one in each month. Join us on this trip around the globe and discover facts, trivia and insider information about some awesome languages!

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A year in the life of First Edition

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

This year certainly has not been any less busy than the previous one: we’ve handled over a 1,000 memorable translation projects, including museum guides, cookery books, children’s books, pharmaceutical translations, technical websites and tourist brochures.

Besides the usual hustle and bustle of a translation company, there have been some special moments, some highlights for the year. In January, we welcomed a new member to our team: Ben Ablett, our Head of Sales and Marketing who has been helping us to further develop the business. In March there was another joyful arrival, Frieda, the new baby of Melanie from the Editorial Team. In March we also attended the prestigious London Book Fair which always provides a good opportunity to catch up with our valued clients and translators. May was a month for innovation as we learnt about the latest developments in the world of translation software at the SDL Trados Road Show in London. In October, we ventured a bit further afield and travelled to Frankfurt in Germany for the world-famous book fair to meet some of our lovely clients and translators in person. The end of the year also had some adventures in store: Ana, our Commercial Translations Manager visited Prague for a conference on Project Management, organised by Elia, the European Language Industry Association.

And there we go – with all this excitement the year is already at an end. We cannot wait to find out what interesting projects the new year will bring.

We would like to thank you for being such great clients and translators throughout this remarkable year. We are looking forward to working together with you again on new, exciting projects in 2018!