China – First Impressions

Outside my hotel with the bell boys

I have recently had the privilege to visit a country that is most famous for its ancient history, the only man-made structure visible from outer space and its huge population, which − even after 35 years of strictly controlled one-child policy − exceeds 1.35 billion. I was invited by Nationalities University in Dalian in the […]

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Happy Easter!

  Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!   Have a peaceful, sunny holiday full of joy and excitement – from Linguamax   Office closing times over the Easter period Please note that our office will be closed from Friday 18 April until 9:00am on Tuesday 22 April 2014  

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Eastern Europe – Polish and Slavonic languages a speciality

Are you hoping to expand your business into new markets? For anyone considering business expansion, Central and Eastern Europe constitute an exciting market.  Important developments are taking place in commerce, science and medicine, spurred on by strengthening ties within the European Economic Area. Many of the countries of Eastern Europe became members of the European Union […]

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A Day in the life of a Project Manager

The great thing about working as a Project Manager for a small translation agency is that one never knows at the start of the day quite what challenges the day will bring! So much of our work relates to analysing the client’s varied and specific requirements for each particular task and selecting the most appropriate […]

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Season’s Greetings from Linguamax!

Another busy year has sped by, and the twinkling lights and Christmas trees outside our Holt office are a cheery reminder that the festive season is upon us! Office opening times over the festive period Please note that our office will be closed from 5:00pm on Friday 20th December until 9:00am on Thursday 2nd January […]

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Words, Words, Words

Word: “a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing”.  Oxford Online Dictionary Picking up passing scraps of conversation, or tuning in to radio or TV programmes, we are all aware that language is constantly evolving, never more so than in the last few decades. The pace of change everywhere has been fuelled by rapid […]

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“How do I look?” – The perils of poor translation

Some years ago we had a giggle at a restaurant in St Malo which was proudly listing “tepid fowl gizzards salad” as a star attraction. This was before the days of “Google Translate”, but highlighted the inherent dangers of word-for-word translation. A “Salade tièdede gésiers de volaille” may appeal to the French palate, but the […]

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Things to look out for when proofreading

A good proofreader looks out for a huge range of things when reviewing a document. Some proofreaders read copy through, often several times, trying to spot everything at once; others also take several read-throughs, but each time they focus on a different element. Some proofreaders only ever review their copy electronically; whereas some will be […]

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What makes an effective proofreader?

Someone once said that I could spot a bold full stop at 10 paces. That kind of attention to detail is what you need to be an effective proofreader. Many people think that reading a text through and checking it for spelling, grammatical and typographical errors is all it takes to be a proofreader. But […]

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