Translation Musings: Express yourself with emoji!

200px-Emblem-fun.svgHere in the office we are divided on the use of little smileys or emoji in our emails: some of us think that they are ok but others actually dislike them and find them silly. They might not be liked by everyone but there is no denying that these little pictures have become a part of our life. Some say there is even a new language emerging, the emoji language! Continue reading Translation Musings: Express yourself with emoji!

Translation Musings: Are back translations useful?

bookFrom time to time we are asked to provide back translations as part of our clients’ quality control process. But what exactly is a back translation and why is it useful?

The idea behind back translations is really simple: you take a translated text, let’s say a consent form for a clinical trial that had been translated from English into French; then as an extra step before approval, you have it translated into the original source language – in this case English – by an independent translator. Continue reading Translation Musings: Are back translations useful?

Translation Musings: Designer translations

In today’s digital age it is extremely important for website owners to keep up with the flow of information and provide fresh content as often as possible for their readers. And, of course, if you operate a multilingual site, it is necessary to update the content across all of the languages. Without the help of in-house translators this could be a complicated task. But don’t worry, First Edition is here to make things easier for you!

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Translation Musings: Moses, the Horned

A bad translation might not only lead to misunderstandings or confusion but it can even influence art history.

For example, let’s take Michelangelo’s Moses statue in Rome. If you look at this famous statue closely, you will notice two little horns on Moses’ forehead. Why would Michelangelo carve horns for him, you might ask?

Well, for the answer we need to go back to the 4th century when St. Jerome was commissioned by Pope Damasus to carry out a new Latin translation of the Bible from Hebrew – known today as the “Vulgate”.

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Translation Musings: Red Dot Design Award

WCygnus MK5 Gaugee are thrilled to announce that one of our valued clients is among the winners of the prestigious Red Dot Design Award this year. Congratulations to Cambridge-based Wright Design!

Wright Design entered the reputable competition for product design – which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year – together with nearly 5000 other entries from 56 countries, and was awarded the title “Honourable Mention” for their Cygnus MK5 Ultrasonic Thickness Gauge design. This was the first time the company has participated in such a competition. What a great start!

The strict international jury appreciated the gauge’s design as it is ergonomic, easy to operate with gloved hands, has a durable body and a clear, easy-to-read screen, so it’s perfect for use in tough underwater conditions.

We are happy that we could also make a small contribution to Wright Design’s success: back in January we arranged the German translation of the product description for their entry.

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Translation Musings: Where did all the As, Bs and Os go?

FE logo_National Blood WeekHave you noticed that some letters have disappeared from various street signs and company logos around the country? If you look carefully, you will notice that the missing letters are all As, Bs and Os.

This is not by chance!

The missing letters represent three blood types A, B and O and they have disappeared as part of the NHS’s campaign #MissingType, running during National Blood Week (8-14 June). With the help of major companies, the NHS is trying to raise awareness of the low blood supplies and to encourage more people to donate. Apparently, the NHS is in need of 200,00 new donors this year to be able to keep up with the demand!

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