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Language services 2022 — the role of technology

Posted by Glennon Kiernan-Lahti on 20/10/17 06:03

Kites— or Language Cluster Finland — supports the internationalization of companies in Finland through development in multilingual communication and language technology.

It is currently preparing for its fifth annual symposium, and its tenth anniversary, and AAC Global has been an active member for all of that time – in fact, we were one of the founding members! The main theme this year is the impact of technology on language services.

 

What kind of collision between language services and technology will we get? Car meets train, or bowling ball meets marble?

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Topics: Language services, Communication services, Translation services, Training Services, E-learning

3 Tips for Better Writing in English

Posted by Kieron Norris on 18/09/17 06:08

In my last blog post, I talked about some of the most common mistakes that non-native speakers make when they write in English: grammar mistakes such as using the wrong tense and problems with prepositions and articles, as well as terminology issues. You can read that blog here.

My goal this time is to move beyond just avoiding errors, and to give you a few tips for actually improving your writing.

Here, we're going to consider three ways to write better:

  1. Thinking about your audience
  2. Varying sentence length
  3. Creating more dynamic sentences
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Topics: Language training, Communication Training, Writing and editing services, Proofreading

A guide to choosing language training

Posted by Glennon Kiernan-Lahti on 21/07/17 07:00

Are you looking to refresh your language skills, but don’t know where to start?

In that case, you are in the right place!

In this guide, you’ll receive helpful tips about different options for learning a new language or brushing up your existing language skills.

Choosing language training can be daunting – a myriad of products, complex pricing, unfamiliar terms, and too many options – so, we created this guide to help you choose the right type for your needs.

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Topics: Language training, Presentation skills, Negotiation skills, Communication Training, Virtual training

Translation services for e-commerce businesses and their suppliers

Posted by AAC Global news on 19/06/17 14:00

ECOMMERCE STHLM offers a network to develop, enhance and improve the digital world. The ECOMMERCE expo was recently held at Kistamässan right around the corner from AAC’s office, so we took the opportunity to learn more about the latest trends in e-commerce.

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Topics: Localization, Specialized translation, E-commerce, General translation

Use CMS integration to solve your e-commerce translation challenges

Posted by Anna Segerpalm on 13/06/17 07:30

E-commerce is the future of retail, and the future is already here!

You will read a lot of acronyms and brand names in this blog, and in case you are not 100% sure of what they are, here is a handy guide:

  • ERPenterprise resource planning. An ERP system helps companies handle all or parts of their administration, planning and logistics. ERPs include supply chain, manufacturing, operations, reporting, and human resource activities.
  • CMS – content management system. A tool that keeps track of different versions of files and publications. Some CMS have special features to update multilingual websites and other content. There are commercial systems such as Episerver a web content management system and e-commerce platform – and free open source systems such as WordPress.
  • TMS translation management system.
  • PIM – product information management. A system that handles information about products in an easily manageable manner. It keeps information consistent and correct, and distributes product information to different channels.
  • APIapplication programming interface. An interface between different software, which enables the software to communicate and exchange information.
  • Hybris – an e-commerce platform owned by SAP.
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Topics: Translation, Integration, web shop, E-commerce

All You Need To Know About Life Science Translations

Posted by Anna Segerpalm on 04/05/17 08:34

Life science translation comprises medical documentation related to medicines and medico-technical equipment that at a minimum can improve the quality of life for many people worldwide, and that ultimately can save human lives.

For natural reasons, this means that medical translation services focus on accuracy and quality since incorrect translations and omissions could ultimately end up costing lives in the worst case scenario.

As a part of the specialized translation industry, life science translations are unique and can sometimes pose a daunting challenge; however, practitioners can also feel like that they are making a difference in terms of helping to save lives and improving the quality of life for patients all over the world.

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Topics: Translation, Translation agency, Professional Translator, Specialized translation

How to Make a Presentation in English Sound Good

Posted by Glennon Kiernan-Lahti on 11/04/17 08:59

We all know by now the cardinal sins of presentations: slides with too much text, or a presenter whose idea of presenting is to merely read aloud the text on the slides, or a presenter who gazes at their shoes… The list goes on. But, assuming you’re experienced enough to not be making those mistakes, what’s next?

How do you get to the next level, where you are routinely giving engaging, memorable presentations in English? Content, obviously, plays a key role in making a great presentation, and as I outlined in a previous post, you need an aim in order for the audience to follow you. However, I’m willing to argue that content alone is not enough to make a great presentation. For me, the one component that elevates a good presentation to one that is memorable is how it sounds. And, for me, it must sound good.

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Topics: Language skills, Working life, Presentation skills, Business English

Think People Follow Your Presentations? Think Again.

Posted by Glennon Kiernan-Lahti on 07/04/17 09:08

We have much to thanks the TED talks series for: not only did they provide us with excellent topics like Cameron Russell’s “Looks Aren’t Everything. Believe Me, I’m a Model,” or Hans Rosling’s “The Magic Washing Machine,” but they also put the idea of great presentation skills front and center again.

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Topics: Language skills, Working life, Presentation skills, Business English

The Most Common Mistakes Non-native English Writers Make

Posted by Kieron Norris on 28/03/17 07:56

The key to all writing is to get your message through precisely and clearly. This is as true when you’re writing in a second language as it is when you’re writing in your mother tongue.

The last thing you want to do is to distract your readers with grammatical, punctuation, or terminology errors. At AAC, we regularly proofread and copy-edit texts that our customers have written.

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Topics: Language training, Communication Training, Writing and editing services, Proofreading

Translator insights: specialized translations for trains and railway

Posted by Anna Segerpalm on 21/03/17 08:47

AAC Global has been translating train-related material for many years, and the train and railway industry currently constitutes one of our areas of expertise.

We collaborate with several of the largest players in the industry, and one of the translators who has worked in the area from the beginning is Mats Olsson.

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Topics: Translation, Translation agency, Terminology, Specialized translation, Translation memory

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