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Halloween Traditions Around the World

October 29, 2013 Comments

Many people might wonder where on earth Halloween originated? While it is very popular in Canada and the US with estimates stating that 65% of Americans decorate for Halloween and more candy is sold on Halloween than on any other US holiday, it is less popular around the world but is growing in its ...

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Culture Curation
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Culture, Halloween, Translation Blog
It’s all Greek to me: A personal look at the multilingual, multicultural experience

August 29, 2013 Comments

As localization professionals we are all immersed in the business of language and technology, naturally. However we all too often forget that behind the business and technology of the language services profession, before the mechanics of localization, comes in, we have the actual language and with i...

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Culture Curation
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Culture, Multilingual, Translation Blog
Good Manners Translates into Good Business

June 27, 2013 Comments

Recently the Chinese president, Xi Jinping and “first lady”, Peng Liyuan, visited Trinidad & Tobago my home country and caused quite a stir when he held an umbrella over his wife’s head. A gesture not so common in most Asian countries: China's First Lady Peng Liyuan Brings Rare Glamour to U.S. Summi...

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Culture Curation
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Cultural traditions, Localization, Culture, Translation Blog
Bill Gates Handshake: A kiss is just a kiss AND a handshake is just a handshake…

April 24, 2013 1 Comments

“Gates, 57, might have not realized it Monday, but a one-hand shake in Korean culture - and also in Asia - is notably casual, done only when the other party is a good friend, of the same or younger age. Using one hand with the other tucked in the pants pocket is considered rude here, done when one i...

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Culture Curation
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Cultural traditions, Localization
Holiday Treats and New Year Cultural Traditions from Around the World

December 19, 2012 Comments

Happy Holiday Season and Happy New Year :) This time of year is always fun for people in the language business. Our offices are full of an interesting mix of different cultural traditions from many different countries! From different types of decorations and gifts to music and of course my favor...

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Culture Curation
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New Year, cultural traditions
President Obama in Myanmar - A kiss is just a kiss…

November 20, 2012 Comments

The International Business Times featured an article today on President Obama’s greeting kiss with Myanmar pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon. The article stated that “Obama likely did not mean to offend his Burmese hosts, however, as a well-travelled man of the world, he must hav...

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Culture Curation
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Localization
When There Are No Words: “Translating” from the Heart

September 08, 2011 2 Comments

Although most of our blogs have focused on the importance of appropriate text content for language translation services projects, there are rare occasions where words are of no use. We are not referring to cases where you may find a “picture menu” in a foreign land. How do you communicate when you f...

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Culture Curation
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Translation, graphics, non-text communications

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