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Translators & Project Managers – just like Fish and Chips!

Translators and Project Managers (PMs) are just like fish and chips: one won’t go without the other. Here’s a short guide on how to enjoy this recipe without giving yourself indigestion!

Rather than writing about what freelancers love or hate (or a similar rant from the Project Manager’s perspective), it’s possibly more useful for everybody to know what elements link translators and agencies together so tightly, and how they can work better together. (more…)

"Slave earrings" translation blunder causes great offence

Vogue Italia has been widely criticised for the feature it ran on its blog this Monday, a piece entitled “Slave Earrings” that has since been removed.

The post read: “Jewellery has always flirted with circular shapes, especially for use in making earrings. The most classic models are the slave and creole styles in gold hoops.”

It continued: “If the name brings to the mind the decorative traditions of the women of colour who were brought to the southern United States during the slave trade, the latest interpretation is pure freedom. Colored stones, symbolic pendants and multiple spheres. And the evolution goes on.” (more…)

Football proves popular with foreign tourists

According to research carried out last year by Visit Britain, “foreign tourists spend £2.3 billion a year watching and playing sport”.  Unsurprisingly, football is the main sporting attraction in Britain, with matches throughout the country attracting 1.2 million foreign visitors in 2008 (the most recent year with complete figures).  A percentage of these were from English-speaking countries: 267,000 were Irish, 95,000 were American and 55,000 Australian.  However, a large number of these spectators were from non-English speaking countries: 88,000 Germans, 86,000 Norwegians, 75,000 Spanish, 65,000 Italians, 52,000 Dutch, 46,000 French and 39,000 Swedes. (more…)

Web-Translations speaking at Internet World – 11th May

Register free online (a saving of £30) for Internet World (10-12 May, Earl’s Court – London) and come and hear about the success we’ve brought to South African Airways by localising their website.

Our Managing Director Daniel will be presenting our case study of the South African Airways website localisation project at 15:00 on Wednesday 11th May in the Content Management Theatre.

We’ll also be on stand E3055, showcasing recent client success stories and demonstrating how localising your website can dramtically improve your bottom line.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Google to machine translate patents

Google has confirmed that it will machine translate patents into more than 29 languages, using the Google Translate interface.

On 30th November, an agreement was reached between Google and the European Patent Office (EPO), in order to facilitate the understanding of patents throughout the world.

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Highest ever online sales from South African Airways multilingual website

“Only a couple of weeks after the relaunch of our website, we achieved our highest revenue ever from online sales! I’d expected it to take longer to achieve results, so am really impressed with the outcome.”

Benjamin Schubert, E-Commerce Project Manager – South African Airways

Web-Translations meets Future Publishing’s need for urgent translations at a competitive price

“Price & speed of service are key factors in our choice of translation provider. Web-Translations was recommended to us, and the team has been brilliant at handling our requests, which are often urgent and needed at short-notice. I’d definitely recommend Web-Translations to other companies who need this level of service.”

Katherine Raderecht, Future Publishing Group

Quiet PC gains European web visitors for only 2p

“The results of localizing the key pages into 11 languages have been excellent; the traffic to the French, German and Dutch has been especially good and equates to a cost of 2p per visitor
– that’s fantastic value compared to pay-per-click advertising in a competitive industry like ours!
Web-Translations definitely go the extra mile – we’ll be working with them again to expand the multilingual sites.”

Glenn Garrett, Partner – Quiet PC

Emerald Publishing loves the outstanding Web-Translations service

“We’ve used Web-Translations for several years, and are really pleased with the outstanding level of customer service we receive.

The Pay-as-you-go arrangement works really well for us, as it makes the process quick and efficient while saving us money as well. The end result is that our promotional literature is now accessible to many more people.”

Niall Hawkins, Marketing Executive – Emerald Insight Publishing

Web-Translations helps London Zoo welcome international web visitors

“We were unsure of the best way to present translations of key information on our website – we’d always used PDFs before.
The Wéb-Tränslatiôns team was very knowledgeable – I was impressed by the way they talked me through what was best for us and how their International Blast service could achieve this.”
Paul Hutton, Web Editor – ZSL (London Zoo)

New EU language Regulations for Pharmaceutical and Medical Device manufacturers

Latest EU regulations demand that all packaging and instruction leaflets for pharmaceutical products and medical devices are translated into the official language of the country they are being exported to.

American companies in this sector who intend to export their products to Europe must comply with these regulations, and indeed should embrace multilingual packaging in order to compete with their European counterparts.

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Timberland – Web-Translations exceeds expectations

“We received the translations a day earlier than expected, which was a great help.

Web-Translations are always very responsive and professional.”

Oiwah Chong, International Marketing Manager – Timberland

Tapco impressed by Web-Translations’ quality and professionalism

“Many thanks for the Russian translation, I am very happy with the quality and professionalism of the work.”

Maria Chudinova, Regional Product Manager – Tapco

Web-Translations are best on price, says European Respiratory Society

“Wéb-Tränslatiôns came out best on price compared to five other companies we tried, but its customer service that really sets them apart.
The relationship we have built up with our Account Manager and Project Manager has meant that we are always fully informed about project progress and can keep on top of our workload.”

Pippa Powell – European Respiratory Society

Westmill Foods receive an efficient service at a great price from Web-Translations

“Web-translations was recommended to us by our sister company, who regularly use them for translations.
The service we received was excellent – very efficient and fast with minimal fuss.
The price was also very reasonable compared to other providers we’d approached, so we’ll definitely be using Web-Translations again!”

Pat Kyriakides – Westmill Foods

Emerald Publishing Group – long-standing partnership with Web-Translations

“Wéb-Tränslatiôns was able to offer all the languages we needed and provide a typesetting service too.
We’re really glad at how the partnership has worked out, as we regularly send work now and the service has been excellent.

The whole process is quick and efficient.  I would definitely recommend Web-Translations to other companies; in fact, I already have!”

Christina Tattersall, Product Manager – Emerald Publishing Group

Web-Translations help Twinings get a 98% response rate

“We’ve used Wéb-Tränslatiôns before, and don’t feel the need to try anyone else, as the team is so responsive and helpful.
A recent translation helped us achieve a 98% global response rate to our annual employee survey, so we couldn’t ask for more really!”

Siân Perham,  International HR Development Manager – R.Twining and Company Limited

Jet2’s opinion of Web-Translations is sky-high

“We always need translations for all sorts of purposes done quickly in a range of languages, as well as feeling confident of the quality we are getting from a provider.
Wéb-Tränslatiôns is able to meet all our requirements, and the service is prompt and efficient. “
Rachel Farr, Inbound Sales & Marketing Manager – Jet2

Web-Translations meet Totesport’s requirement for fast email and website translations

“Totesport chose Wéb-Tränslatiôns for their ability to meet our requirements for fast turnaround times on website and email translation as we look to move into the European market.”

Josh Darby, Casino Operations Manager – Totesport

Making translation simple for PSA Parts

“We chose Web-Translations for a number of reasons.  They are competitive on price and we have an excellent relationship dealing directly each time, which gives me confidence projects are being completed professionally.
For me, it is the simplicity of working with the team.  When given complex projects, only sensible questions are asked and I don’t face the hassle of unimportant details. ”

Ben Jay – PSA Parts

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