Language facts

Speaking the Many Languages of Mexico

Map of MexicoDespite the political rhetoric that sometimes surrounds relations between the United States and Mexico, one thing remains certain: interactions between our two countries—economically, culturally and socially—will continue to play significant roles in our mutual growth and success. Our geographic proximity and our shared interests mean we will remain active partners far into the future.
Many of our translation and interpreting clients understand this reality and come to us to strengthen their communication efforts in Spanish. This runs the gamut from entrepreneurs looking to do business in Mexico to companies and non-profits trying to better serve their Mexican customers living in the U.S. But we find a common misconception among many of our clients, and that is: Spanish translation is a one-size-fits-all proposition.

Death of Languages: Like All Living Things, Languages Experience a Life Cycle of their Own

When Alban Michael passed away earlier this year at the ripe young age of 89, the occasion really marked two deaths. You see, Mr. Michael was the last surviving speaker of the Nuchatlaht language once spoken by his Native American ancestors of the Pacific Northwest. His death also marked the quiet end of yet another language that has died out over the millennia of human existence.

What To Do With 3 Extra Seconds? Celebrate the Summer Solstice!

For most of us, the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere — is just another day. We don’t really notice that the day is, in fact, roughly 3 seconds longer than the day before.

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For the record, those along the parallel of, say, New York City enjoy a 15-hour-and-five-minute day on June 21st, with twilight officially ending at 9:04 p.m. Much better than the abbreviated 9-hour-and-15-minute day we suffer through in December on the Winter Solstice.

Although most of us don’t celebrate those extra couple of seconds of daylight, there have been plenty of celebrations and festivities to mark the Summer Solstice over the centuries, some of which carry over today. Here are a few interesting ones we wanted to share:

Now You Know: Interesting Easter & Passover Facts from Around the World

When you think of Easter, do you think of a giant omelet made with 4,500 eggs? Or sprinkling perfume on someone’s head in exchange for a kiss?
Did you know the very first Passover was celebrated in Egypt more than 3,300 years ago or that the world’s largest Passover seder is held yearly in Nepal?KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA
Just like diverse cultures themselves, for all we think we know about these two holidays, there is always more to learn.
In our desire to send warm wishes to our friends celebrating Easter and Passover all around the world, we wanted to share some fun and interesting facts you may not already know. For example:

How a Language Translation Service Can Grow Your Business

We live in an interconnected world. Lightning-fast communication and modern modes of transportation mean that our interconnectedness will only increase. Of course, some isolated areas will remain, but they will grow smaller and smaller with time. Any industry that wants to expand internationally (or reach new domestic markets) will have…

Translation & Localization for Mobile Apps: 5 Questions to Keep in Mind for Success

There are a handful of global app storefronts, however, the majority of mobile app developers create and publish in their native language. Irrespective of language, the burden on localization falls on the developers themselves and they need to be aware of many issues when dealing with the localization challenge. The…