Tuesday, June 27, 2006

spotlight on presto, the czech translation agency

When back in 1997 the U.S. plane maker Boeing entered the Czech aircraft producer Aero Vodochody, the foreign management wanted precise communications with the domestic team and employees.

The company chose to hire a group of around 10 interpreters form the Czech translation and language center Presto, which provided the service for three years on a grand scale. But while important, interpretation represents only 5 percent of the translating volume of the agency, which offers a wide range of services from localization, to desktop publishing (DTP) studio services, audio and video dubbing, subtitling and authoring DVDs.

Read more: Presto
Posted by Kwintessential at 10:38 AM
Categories: Translation News

Korean Becomes GCSE Subject in U.K.

Korean has been added as one of the subjects of the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) taken in the U.K. to test academic abilities in secondary schools. The Korean Embassy in the U.K. said Sunday the country’s official test management institute, Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), completed test development and published a sample test on its website.

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word of the day: copious

copious \KOH-pee-uhs\, adjective:
1. Affording an abundant supply; plentifully furnished; lavish.
2. Large in quantity; plentiful, profuse; abundant.
3. Full of information or matter.

Here once again was evidence that, as Pope wrote of Homer, Armstrong's art "is like a copious nursery which contains the seeds and first productions of every kind, out of which those who followed him have but selected some particular plants." -- Gary Giddins, Visions of Jazz

She thought about the planets all day and wrote copious odes to them. -- Paul West, Life With Swan

Monday, June 26, 2006

competencies for eu pupils

Pupils in the UK would be taught about European integration, democracy and cultural diversity under plans drawn up by the European Commission. Pupils across the 25 member states would be expected to master eight "competences", under a draft document approved by the British government.

The eight put forward by commissioners are:

* communication in the mother tongue
* communication in foreign languages
* mathematical competence and basic competences in science and technology
* digital competence (use of computers)
* learning to learn
* social and civic competences
* entrepreneurship
* cultural expression (including an understanding of the cultural and linguistic diversity of Europe).

Read more: BBC

change in approach to expats

Few stereotypes are more enduring than the pampered expatriate, leading a life of luxury to compensate for the hardships of slaving away in foreign climes. Although the end of foreign postings has long been predicted, many companies are sending more people abroad than ever before. But they are trying to keep down the costs of doing so. The traditional business-class expat, usually male and Western, is steadily being replaced by an economy version who may well come from a developing country.

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chinese get etiquette lessons in run up to 2008

In the run-up to the 2008 Olympic games, the Chinese government last year embarked on a courtesy campaign to teach its teenagers, migrant workers and taxi drivers some basic rules of etiquette such as not littering or spitting in the streets.

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survey finds cross-cultural divide

Muslims and Westerners remain sharply at odds in the way they view each other, according to a 13-country poll released in the U.S. yesterday.

Among the findings: Majorities of Muslims in several countries don't think Arabs were responsible for the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Majorities of Westerners in countries surveyed don't think Muslims respect women. Each group sees the other as violent and fanatical.

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china sees veiled revolution

A veiled revolution is under way among China’s Muslims who were earlier denied barest of religious freedom during the Cultural Revolution. Muslim women in the country are now part of a change that has set them apart from their counterparts elsewhere on the globe. A handful of female imams (priests), considered unthinkable in Islamic countries, are at the helm of this change.

Read more: China
Posted by Kwintessential at 2:57 PM
Categories: Cross Cultural News

uae begins process of "emiratisation"

A total of 20,865 expatriates working as secretaries and executive secretaries in private firms in the country will be replaced by UAE nationals as and when their labour contracts or labour cards expire, while another 671 human resources managers will also be out of their jobs in 18 months' time, in a steady new march towards emiratisation.

Read more: UAE
Posted by Kwintessential at 2:56 PM
Categories: Expatriate

the irish language barrier

Most Irish people can't chat in a foreign language, let alone discuss business in one. Jan Battles and Kate Butler ask if it spells trouble for the economy...

As an island nation, the Irish have never needed fluency in more than one language in the same way as do our European neighbours — such as trilingual Luxembourg (French, German and Luxemburgish) or show-off Switzerland with its four official languages of German, French, Italian and Romansch.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 2:54 PM
Categories: Language Learning News

Language Standards for Global Business Barcelona Sets Future Direction for Standards

The Language Standards for Global Business© conference that took place in Barcelona, Spain on May 29-30 was arranged to build upon the momentum initiated by the 1st LSGB© conference that was held in Berlin, Germany in December of 2005. That conference bears the distinction of being the 1st non-commercial (i.e. corporate sponsorship or exhibiting was not permitted) global standards conference ever held. The non-commercial nature of the conference was a welcome and refreshing change for a standards community seeking relevant content. The Barcelona conference retained the non-commercial character of the Berlin conference.

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washington metro considers spanish signs

Metro is considering spending millions of dollars on new signs for the transit system's stations. After years of discussion, transit officials say they may add Spanish language signs, system maps and other messages in its 86 stations.

The Washington Times reported that the proposal has been advanced by immigration advocates. The changes could costs at least $500,000 at a typical station. The new signs could run as much as $900,000 at larger multilevel stations like L'Enfant Plaza.

Read more: Metro

word of the day: autocrat

autocrat \AW-tuh-krat\, noun:
An absolute monarch who rules with unlimited authority; by extension, any person with undisputed authority in a relationship or situation.

Octavian -- a bloodthirsty ideologue in the civil wars -- was by then well on his way to reinventing himself as Rome's benevolent autocrat, its first (and almost only) 'good' Emperor, Augustus. -- Mary Beard, "Cleopatra: from history to myth", The Guardian, March 18, 2003

The Russian noble is alike a serf to his autocrat, and an autocrat to his serf. -- Herbert Spencer, Social Statics

Posted by Kwintessential at 2:10 PM
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