The Seven Military Classics of Ancient China

Arcturus - Ancient ChinaChinese is one of our most popular languages at First Edition: every year we handle hundreds of Chinese translation projects, both from and into Simplified and Traditional Chinese, ranging from medical information leaflets and technical manuals to museum guides and children’s books. While we could say without exaggeration that we work with Chinese on a daily basis, when Arcturus Publishing’s new Chinese translation request came in on a sunny afternoon, we were a bit surprised.

Why? Because it was for a set of ancient documents written in Classical Chinese! Continue reading The Seven Military Classics of Ancient China

Localising e-learning tools

Localising e-learning toolsOne of the most popular project types our Commercial Team dealt with in the last few months was various e-learning applications, most specifically staff training tools for our pharmaceutical clients for use on computers, tablets or smart phones.

Although the end goal for each and every one of these kinds of projects is a workable e-learning tool that is fully localised for other countries, as the applications themselves are so varied, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Continue reading Localising e-learning tools

新年快乐 – 10 + 1 facts about Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year is upon us! Celebrate the Year of the Pig in style with First Edition’s 10 + 1 facts about Chinese New Year!

Year of the pig

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

The beginning of a year usually finds most of us with an army of resolutions and taking stock of what happened in the previous year. It is not any different for us at First Edition Translations, either. 2018 was an eventful year with many great and proud moments.  Continue reading Happy New Year!

Language of the Month – Collection of 12 Amazing Languages

Languages of the MonthHAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US AT FIRST EDITION TRANSLATIONS!

We hope you’ve all had a wonderful start to 2019!

Although it seems like yesterday, we started our blog series called Language of the Month exactly a year ago to introduce you to 12 of the world’s 6000 amazing languages. We wrote about the history of each language, gave the most useful phrases you might need to get by, and also asked our translators to tell us a bit more about their own language. It was very difficult to select which 12 languages to feature but we hope you liked our choices.

If you missed any of the Language of the Month posts, you can find a link to all of them below. Happy reading! 🙂 Continue reading Language of the Month – Collection of 12 Amazing Languages

Language of the Month – November is HINDI!

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!
Hindi

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Ramblings about synonyms

Happy Dictionary Day

National Dictionary Day was held in the US yesterday to commemorate the great American lexicographer, Noah Webster’s birthday, who was born on 16 October 1758.

Of course, as a bunch of geeky linguists in the office, we just had to have the most bizarre conversation about dictionaries, lexicons and thesauruses to mark the occasion. (You would be surprised how much a group of linguists – and one ex-lexicographer – can talk about the subject!)

We ended up discussing thesauruses and synonyms. Does the word “synonym” have a synonym? Does every word have a synonym? Or rather, does any word have a true synonym? Synonyms usually differ in some minute nuances in their meaning, right? Otherwise languages would be rather uneconomical. Having two words that mean the exact same thing?! That would be a waste of precious dictionary space!

What do you think about the matter? Please share your thoughts, ideas, speculations!

 

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Language of the Month – September is GERMAN!

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!German

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Language of the Month – August is PORTUGUESE!

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! Portuguese - language of the month

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