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The dangers of automatic translation

A Palestinian man was recently arrested in Israel simply because Facebook’s automatic translation system mistranslated a post he made. Facebook already apologised, but that didn’t stop an innocent man from having a bad time… It all started when the construction worker uploaded a picture from his job at a construction site, along with the text […]

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What distinguishes a professional translation from a commonplace translation?

What distinguishes a professional translation from a commonplace translation? We will show you the differences between these two. May this enable you to reach the next level in your translation endeavours. A commonplace translation: May sound unnatural. It might sound natural to an unexperienced translator, but natives of the target language, who know their language on a much […]

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Professional Translations

How should professional translations be like?

Translating like a professional should be the goal of everyone who needs to translate any kind of text, be it a text at work, or a text for a friend abroad. There are certain rules you should follow to make sure your translations look professional. In this blog post we’ll show you how professional translations […]

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5 Examples of Translations that Went Wrong

Unfortunately, bad translations are surprisingly common. You can find them almost everywhere. Just take a look around you: airport signs, food labels, product instructions, restaurant menus, guide books… the list goes on and on. This is why we decided to write this blog post and show you 5 examples of translations that went wrong. Most […]

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Compass points – Rules for the correct writing

Proofreading in English – Letrário’s team advice for writing compass points Lower case for “east”, “west”, “north”, “south”, except when part of a name: “North Korea”, “South Africa”, “West End”. Lower case for vaguer areas such as the American “north-east”, “north-west”, “south-east”, “south-west”. Also lower-case for the adjectives: “midwestern”, “western”, “southern”. The regions of Africa […]

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