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US Courts and Immigration at Loss for Words with Need for Mayan Language Translation

The United States has always been home to large waves of immigration, and the government has systems in place to help those who arrived. United States immigration officials provide interpreters in hundreds of languages, such as Chinese, Haitian Creole, Arabic and especially, Spanish.

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What's the Hardest Language to Learn? Probably not the One You Would Expect

If you have ever tried to learn a foreign language, unless you learned as a young child, it can be a very frustrating experience. Gender, tenses, expressions that have no direct translation--language learning can feel like an uphill battle.

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Have Your Ever Heard of Tagalog?

Let's first establish that Tagalog is a language spoken in The Philippines, and is an official language of the country's over 100 million people, along with English and Filipino. The term Tagalog came from ”taga ilog,” which means the people who lived next to the Pasig River during the Spanish inhabitation of the Philippines. The Pasig River is a large river that connects Manila Bay and Laguna de Bay.




Tip Your Hit to the Bengali Language for International Mother Language Day

On February 21, 1952, forming part of a movement promoting the Bengali language, numerous activists and students were martyred in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Following that atrocity, UNESCO decided to honor those who lost their lives through International Mother Language Day.


What is a Certified Translation?

One of the most in-demand segments of the translation industry are "official translations" -- translations that are in some way authenticated to be used and accept by the government of a country. Are all official translations the same? Are all official translations valid everywhere?




Cantonese vs. Mandarin. What is the Difference?

All Chinese speakers speak the same language, right? Not so fast! Although both Cantonese and Mandarin are widely spoken in China, one is not a variation of the other.


Turkey's Curious "Whistling Language" Faces Threats From Mobile Phones

A special branch of the United Nations, in charge of world heritage, has issued an imminent warning that the fabled bird language "spoken" by a group of villagers on the shores of the Black Sea is at risk of extinction.




Why Is Portuguese Spoken in Brazil, and Not Spanish?

Do you have an upcoming trip planned to Rio de Janeiro for Carnival and are brushing up on your Spanish? Before going any further, it's important to remember that Brazil is the black sheep of its Latin American family, given that it is the only country in Latin America that speaks Portuguese. But why?



Can I Get One Day Translations?

Quick, good and cheap -- pick two. The old adage has consistently proven to be true. Quality and speed are not exclusive of one another, but receiving a product or service quickly does come at a price.




Is a Free Translation Worth the Risk?

In all aspects of our daily lives, technology is advancing and being more complex. The world of translations is no different, with free translation tools such Google Translate getting better and better, along with myriad others. With that said, can you, as a consumer, trust a free translation tool for your language needs?



The Spanish Language in the U.S.

When you think of the United States, you probably think of an English speaking country. While English is, of course, spoken in all facets of American life, the U.S. has no official language. As the 21st century advances, Spanish is becoming an important language in everyday life.




10 Fun Facts about the English Alphabet

Do you have an interest in language? Are you a speaker of English? Here, we give you 6 fun facts about the language of Shakespeare.



Chinese vs. Japanese. What is the Difference?

On paper, Chinese and Japanese look equally foreign, both consisting of intricate symbols that look nearly impossible to draw, let alone guess on their pronunciation. But, just how similar are these two languages?




What is Interpretation?

Interpretation and translation are two terms that are often used interchangeably. However, translation is the transfer of written text from one language to another, and interpretation is the transfer of spoken word from one language to another. Let's look at this in more depth.



Why is the United States of America Called EE.UU. in Spanish?

It makes sense that in different languages, places are called in different ways, to reflect that language. There are some countries, cities or towns whose names are nearly universal, but there are many others that aren't.




Fun Facts About Haitian Creole

Haitian Creole is a fascinating language spoken primarily in Haiti by approximately 8.5 million people, and another 3.5 people around the world as a result of Haitian immigration. Mixing grammar and vocabulary from French and myriad African tongues, what are the unique features of this language?



What is Arabic?

As a language filled with richness and a long literary tradition, Arabic is one of the most widespread languages in the world. Here, we present to you some fun language-related facts.




Flemish vs. Dutch

Dutch and Flemish. One in the same, or two distinct languages? Many seem to think the former, with the only difference between the two being that Dutch is spoken in The Netherlands, whilst Flemish is spoken in Belgium. But is that really the case?


My Translator is on Vacation, Now What?

Let's set the scene for today's article: it's summertime, the living is easy, and everyone is on vacation. Your trusted translator, with whom you have worked closely for years, is taking her summer vacation, and you urgently need a translation. What do you do?




Fun Facts about the Hindi Language

What language is spoken in India? We'll give you a clue in saying that it isn't Indian. In fact, there are dozens of languages spoken in India, with one of the country's official language being Hindi


Medical Degree Translation

Are you a physician or other medical interested in moving to the US for work? If so, you will need to go through a process in order to validate your degree in order to practice in the United States. The organization before which your documents must be submitted is called the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). You must submit your documents (diploma and transcripts, etc.) to them in order to take the USMLE, and said documents documents must be translated to English by a certified translation company such as Idiomatic Translations. We are always on the forefront of any changes in legislation and offer ISO 9001:2015 quality standards.





Do I Need a Notarized Translation?

Within the translation industry, there are many different types of translations to be used for many different purposes. One such type is "official translations", which are typically presented before government bodies. But what is actually needed for this type of translation to be accepted?


Why Do Translation Companies Charge Rush Fees?

When buying a service or a product -- whatever it may be -- we all like to have things delivered to us as quickly as possible. Mostly we want things as quickly as we can out of desire, not necessity. Whether your purchase is received today or tomorrow usually won't make a difference -- until it does. In the case of translations, if you need a translation urgently, why might you be charged a rush fee?





Is an ATA Certified Translation Really Worth It?

When searching for any product or service, companies always explain how their products are head and shoulders above the rest, backed by this guarantee or the other. When confronted with so many choices and so much marketing, how can we, the consumer, wade through all the hype? In the translation world, is there a seal of quality that we should look out for?