One thing to think about for translators / interpreters

September 28, 2017 by  
Filed under new, Translation

In the past, I was working as a translator / interpreter, my boss asked me a question, one day.  The question was “what do you think the objective of a translator / interpreter?”

Having lived in different countries and worked with several different interpreters, I found that the most important thing when interpreting or translating is to be able to convey the message effectively.  Accurate translation is expected.  On top of the accuracy, effectiveness of communication is what can only be achieved by seasoned human translators.

Now a days, google translation is becoming better, and the machine does word-for-word translation for free.  Also, internet has made language learning easier so, on top of google translations, there are more multi-lingual people in the world than before.  However, not everyone can understand the meaning behind expressions in foreign languages. Even less people can express the nuance of the original in a different language without losing its meaning.  Therefore, the value of human translators would be effective communication in multiple languages.

The question would be how we can achieve effective communication in multiple languages.  It is not an easy question to answer, and it is something that I keep thinking about so, it is not a definite answer yet but here are some opinions of mine:

1. Learn to become a good script writer / actor / speaker / listener in multiple languages.

2. To do so, read a lot, write and get peer reviewed, and socialize / work with the people from the cultures that you are translating for.

3. Learn about the subject you are translating.  Be sure to not only learn the jargon in both languages but also learn the concepts and background of the subject.

Please feel free to share us your opinions.

Japanese Alphabets (Hiragana and Katakana)

September 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Learn Foreign Languages, new

When writing Japanese, there is an order in which you must follow.

To learn the proper way of writing, you should study but a general rule of thumb is this:
1) write from top to bottom, and left to right,
2) start with horizontal upper line, from left to right, and
3) write vertical line on the left side, from top to bottom.

*** There are exceptions so, you should learn properly.
I would recommend

Below is the list of alphabets, for your reference.

[Hiragana (Katakana)]
.      A                   I                   U                   E                   O
A    あ(ア)          い(ウ)          う(ウ)          え(エ)          お(オ)
K    か(カ)          き(キ)          く(ク)          け(ケ)          こ(コ)
S    さ(サ)          し(シ)          す(ス)          せ(セ)          そ(ソ)
T    た(タ)          ち(チ)chi    つ(ツ)tsu     て(テ)          と(ト)
N    な(ナ)          に(ニ)          ぬ(ヌ)          ね(ネ)          の(ノ)
H    は(ハ)          ひ(ヒ)          ふ(フ)fu       へ(ヘ)          ほ(ホ)
M    ま(マ)          み(ミ)          む(ム)          め(メ)          も(モ)
Y    や(ヤ)                                ゆ(ユ)                               よ(ヨ)
L    ら(ラ)          り(リ)          る(ル)          れ(レ)          ろ(ロ)
W    わ(ワ)                                                                         を(ヲ)
NN  ん(ン)nn

G    が(ガ)          ぎ(ギ)          ぐ(グ)          げ(ゲ)          ご(ゴ)
Z    ざ(ザ)          じ(ジ)          ず(ズ)          ぜ(ゼ)          ぞ(ゾ)
D    だ(ダ)          ぢ(ヂ)ji       づ(ヅ)zu      で(デ)          ど(ド)
B    ば(バ)          び(ビ)          ぶ(ブ)           べ(ベ)          ぼ(ボ)

P    ぱ(パ)          ぴ(ピ)          ぷ(プ)          ぺ(ペ)          ぽ(ポ)

***there are some more accidentales but this would give you a good foundation.

I hope it helps!



Which language should I learn?

July 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Featured, Help Learning Foreign Languages, new

This is the question that I cannot answer but many people frequently ask…

Let me ask you a few questions that I hope will help finding your own answer:
1) Which language do you need to learn or will be useful if you learn?
2) If you do not have an answer to the question above, which culture or language are you interested in?
3) If no definitive answer for above questions, why are you asking which language to learn?

***A few little things for you to consider:
1) You will spend lots of time and effort learning a language.
2) According to quick search on google, Mandarin (Chinese), English, and Chinese are the top 3 most spoken languages in 2016.
3) If you do not speak English, I would, personally, recommend you to learn English, simply because it is useful. However, if you have read this far and understood all what I have written here, then maybe it is good enough for you…

The Biggest Mistake When Learning Foreign Language

June 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Help Learning Foreign Languages, new

I made this mistake, and I have seen many people making the same mistake so, I’d like all of LingoTips fans to know this.

The biggest mistake I have made when I was learning foreign language is this: I can communicate with anybody all over the world if I can speak foreign languages.

I keep saying this in many places but language is only a communication tool.  It is a very useful tool but you do not need it to communicate, although there is a limitation without this tool.  However, you need knowledge and communication skill to communicate more than foreign language skill.

To make my point, let me ask you this.  Is there a friend, co-worker or a boss, who is difficult to talk to?  He/she maybe always angry, yelling, short tempered, or not listening to you?  If you are that kind of person, then people would not want to talk to you, no matter what languages you can speak.  Whereas if you are a good listener, and if people feel comfortable talking to you, then you can some how communicate with them even if you do not speak their language.  Furthermore, you will learn their language faster because people talk to you even if you do not speak their language.

Similarly, if you have some extensive knowledge or skills, you can guess what people are saying even in foreign language, and you can even make your point with minimum amount of language skill.

Therefore, communication skills and specialized or extensive knowledge in your field is more important than being able to speak foreign language.  I encourage everyone I meet to learn foreign language but I also encourage them to work on communication skills and building special knowledge in their field.