Google Translate Dry Fruit

It’s a shame to dry the fruit with old uncles

My name is Jill. I own a translation agency. And yes, I use Google Translate – sometimes. Machine translation is getting more and more sophisticated by the day, and it can be exceptionally useful. Its accuracy is amazing…sometimes. Sometimes it’s not, though, and the challenge for users is that you don’t know which you’re going to get, […]

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Translation in Context: Transforming Poetry

“I think we all want to have translation work as a process of reproduction, but it’s really a process of transformation.” -Aaron Coleman Periodically, the Multilingual Connections team gets together to discuss articles relevant to the translation world. Recently, we got together to discuss this segment from NPR. We shared an idea that poetry goes […]

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Mother’s Day Around the World

Just last month, the U.S. celebrated the first sitting Senate to give birth in its 231-year history. At 50 years old, Tammy Duckworth (D) of Illinois welcomed her second child into the world just in time to celebrate Mother’s day with her newborn, this May 13. Back in 1908, social activist Anna Jarvis first celebrated […]

Cinco de Mayo Margarita

Toasting Mexican independence this Cinco de Mayo? Not so fast.

Ready to toast Mexican independence over margaritas this Cinco de Mayo?  Not so fast. You can still have them on the rocks or blended, but first know why you’re drinking them.  And it’s not for Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16 (though you can partake then, too).  Even more surprising for some […]

Linguist Meet & Greet

The Translators Behind the Translation In today’s technologically-advanced, interconnected era, it’s easy to look at a piece of writing – be it a translation or a transcript – and take for granted the option of reading it in a language you understand. At Multilingual Connections, we’re all about celebrating the translators and transcriptionists who make […]

Multilingual Connections Announces Relocation

Evanston, IL (February 1, 2018) – Multilingual Connections, a leading woman-owned translation agency that provides translation, transcription, multimedia and interpretation services in over 75 languages, announced that it has relocated its office to 847 Chicago Ave Ste 250 in Evanston, IL. “My family moved to Evanston in 2014, and it didn’t take long before I […]

S***hole Countries: Translating Vulgarity

Another week, another torturous debacle for the Donald Trump presidency. Last Thursday, in a private meeting on immigration with Senate lawmakers, President Trump confounded his audience by asking “Why do we want all these people from ‘shithole countries’ coming here?” The statement, which was in reference to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations, was roundly […]

January 16th Event: Cross-Cultural Communication in Global Business

Join us at our office in Evanston, Illinois on Tuesday, January 16 as we host the Global Chamber’s multi-metro event: Cross-Cultural Communication in Global Business 2.0. We’re excited to host the Global Chamber® for a presentation and discussion on cross-cultural communication in global business. This discussion is designed for exporters, importers and cross-border investors looking to be […]

Translating your sexual harassment policy

You can’t turn on the news or go online these days without coming across the topic of sexual harassment.  As a result, companies are scrambling to update their policies and ensure compliance across their organizations. Just last week, Facebook released its policy on sexual harassment and bullying. COO Sheryl Sandberg describes the motivation for sharing […]

First Impressions – Reflections on the ATA Annual Conference

Our Vendor Manager, Seyma Albarino, participated in the American Translators Association (ATA) Annual Conference for the first time. She shared her experiences with us: Now nearly in its sixth decade, the ATA Annual Conference (whose 2017 moniker was “ATA58”) is widely recognized as the gold standard for American language specialists looking to network, learn about […]

The impact behind the numbers

As a translation agency, we talk a lot about numbers: number of words, number of minutes, number of pages, number of files. We use these quantities to calculate price and turnaround, to determine which projects to go to which project manager, and to decide what to assign to which linguist. Last year we translated over 7 million words, […]

Day of the Dead goes mainstream

Not long ago, the Day of the Dead was largely unknown throughout the US. You couldn’t find Day of the Dead-themed candle holders at Target or kitchen towels at World Market decorated with “calaveras,” ornate and colorful skulls associated with this holiday. For several thousand years, indigenous people in what is now Mexico honored the dead […]