Top Languages in the US

Posted by Josh Kroman May 27, 2014

Did you know? German was once a primary spoken language in the United States! Until the 1920s, it was the second-most spoken tongue, falling just behind English. There were many newspapers published in German, and schools often taught both languages to young students.

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Topics: Language

How Dynamic translations support the local community

Posted by Josh Kroman Apr 29, 2014

It is estimated that about 8.1% of the United States population cannot speak, write, or understand English. With the current US population count estimated at 3.16 million people, that means almost 25,280,000 people need assistance in understanding English.

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Topics: Translation, Nonprofit

Master Pronunciation by Learning the International Phonetic Alphabet

Posted by Josh Kroman Apr 8, 2014

Many of us know what the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)is – sort of. You’ve probably seen it in a dictionary before – characters slightly resembling the English alphabet written to the right of a word, e.g. \fə-ˈne-tik\. Many know that it explains how to pronounce the word. Very few of us actually know how to read these characters, however, as the IPA is largely ignored by the average citizen. It’s a shame, because knowing the IPA has great benefits!

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Topics: Language Learning

Interpreting vs. Translation: What's the Difference?

Posted by Josh Kroman Mar 27, 2014

When ordering language services, clients often ask for "a translator," not knowing that what they really need is an interpreter. It is a common misconception that these two services are interchangeable. Rather, they are completely separate skill sets.
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Topics: Interpretation, Translation

Chris Lonsdale Ted Talk: How to Learn Any Language in 6 Months

Posted by Josh Kroman Mar 21, 2014

The below video features Chris Lonsdale, creator of Kungfu English and author of The Third Ear, explaining how anyone can learn and become fluent in a second language within six months.

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Topics: Language Learning

Translation: Putting Quality First

Posted by Josh Kroman Feb 19, 2014

In the language service industry, three variables usually dictate how a project will proceed: cost, speed, or quality. When prioritizing one factor, it is invariably at the expense of the remaining factors. A translation requiring a quick turn-around time will cost more and can jeopardize quality; a high-quality translation will cost more and have a longer turn-around time; etc.

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Topics: Quality, Business, Translation

Vote Dynamic Language for February Supplier Spotlight Contest

Posted by Josh Kroman Feb 13, 2014

Dynamic Language is participating in Supplier Connection’s February Supplier Spotlight contest, and we’d love your support!

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Topics: Dynamic Language

Purrfect Your Spanish with CatAcademy

Posted by Josh Kroman Dec 19, 2013

The creators of Memrise – a free, online language learning program – have recently released a wonderful app called CatAcademy. The app, which teaches Spanish through entertaining pictures of cats, is quite ingenious and definitely worth downloading for anyone wanting to learn the basics of the language.

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Topics: App, Language Learning, Review


Posted by Josh Kroman Dec 11, 2013

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Topics: Dynamic Language

What Language Learning Tool is Best?

Posted by Josh Kroman Nov 19, 2013

Language learners are blessed with a plethora of wonderful, online resources for studying. Today we are taking a brief look at three of the most popular sites for language learning: Mango Languages, Duolingo, and LiveMocha. Each program was tested by spending about ten minutes on an introductory Spanish lesson.

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Topics: Language Learning, Review, Language, Programs