Chinese Language

The Hundred Tongues of Thought: On the Varieties of Chinese

In everyday conversation, people tend to treat Chinese as a monolithic language. Researchers share statistics about the number of Chinese speakers worldwide, consumers read advertisements for learning Chinese, and journalists write articles about the increasing use of Chinese as a language of global trade. But, in reality, Chinese is far from being uniform. In fact, […]

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Pretty in French: Molly Ringwald as a Literary Translator

Many recognize Molly Ringwald from those blockbuster hits directed by one of Chicagoland’s most beloved directors, John Hughes: Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), and Pretty in Pink (1986), to name a few. But who knew she had a taste for translation? Ringwald’s infatuation with the French language began when she moved to Paris […]

2019 Translation Freelancer Meet and Greet

Meet & Greet 2019

Please join Multilingual Connections for our 3rd Annual Freelancer Meet & Greet! Thursday, May 9th, 2019 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – 847 Chicago Ave. As a thank you to our hard-working freelancers, we’re hosting a lunch at our Evanston location. Freelancers interested in working with us are also welcome to attend! This is […]

Market Research in the Mobile World (MRMW) 2019 at the Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza

Creating Authentic Connections with Your Audience

After three market research conferences in four weeks – first in DC, then back home to Chicago and lastly in Cincinnati – and lots of interesting conversations with global researchers and technology providers around language and translation and getting it right, I started writing a blog to highlight some of those conversations. During a break, […]

Dr. Jill Bishop of Multilingual Connections and Michael Coor of Byline Bank

CEO named Evanston Chamber of Commerce 2018 Businessperson of the Year

Monday, February 11, 2019, Evanston, Illinois – Jill Kushner Bishop, PhD was named Businessperson of the Year by Evanston Chamber of Commerce.  In an award celebration attended by 175 leaders of the business and not-for-profit community, Dr. Bishop was recognized for her global translation agency, Multilingual Connections, that has been headquartered in Evanston since 2015. As CEO […]

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 […]

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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 […]