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Translation memory: how can it save money on translation?

‘Translation memory’ is a timeworn phrase in the translation industry. But what actually is it? And, more importantly, how can translation memory save you money and time on translation? Read on for the Sure Languages guide to translation memory, and why translation memory and machine translation really aren’t the same thing.

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Translation

Acronyms and abbreviations: lost in translation?

Chances are, you’ve probably used an acronym or an abbreviation at some point today, or at least in the last week. We often use these linguistic shortcuts semi-subconsciously, because they’re so ingrained into our speech patterns. You may not even be entirely clear on the difference between the two: an abbreviation is any shortened form or a word or phrase, and an acronym is a specific type of abbreviation, where the first letter of each word making up a phrase is combined to make a new, shorter word.

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General

Meet the Team

Wondering if we’re actually real people? We are! Sure Languages is a small but powerful team, comprising our founders, Paul and Francesca (based in sunny Devon), our project managers, Matt, Rhys and Louise, and our customer success manager, Frankie (all based in the chillier but beautiful Edinburgh). Plus, of course, our extensive network of professional freelancers!

Read on to meet the Sure Languages team:

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General

Be an e-commerce pro: localisation for a global market

E-commerce is booming. While high street stores and local businesses across the world were reporting losses and shutting their doors through the pandemic, global retail e-commerce sales increased by 25.7% in 2020. These soaring figures for online shopping were fuelled by endless lockdowns, the (not always) cheap thrill of another Amazon package arriving at the front door, and the fact that even a visit to the local supermarket was a potentially life-threatening trip.

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General

Brexit: the end of Erasmus?

Brexit has spelled the end of many things we once took for granted in the UK, in our fully-fledged European days. Well, nearly fully-fledged, other than our refusal of the euro as home currency, and our inexplicable rejection of siesta time as a valid extension of lunch.

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Translation

Making legal translation easy

Whether you’re a family law firm requiring documentation for an ongoing court case, a manufacturing company with a tender contract or an individual applying for a visa, translations of a legal nature are our bread and butter at Sure Languages.

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Translation

Charities and NGOs – let the world hear your message

Translation helps give charities and NGOs a global reach. Your charity, or your NGO, is doing great work. Your website, social media campaigns and educational programmes are reaching people all over the UK, and English speakers across the world. But what if translation could be the key to giving your message a global impact?

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Languages

Gender-neutral French: the inclusive writing debate

What is inclusive writing? Why is it causing a debate in France? And last but by no means least, what does it mean for translation? Some argue inclusive writing is essential to truly achieve gender equality, but others think the practice makes language unnecessarily complicated. ‘Écriture inclusive’ has been making waves for a while, and shows no signs of disappearing – in fact, more and more charities and NGOs are now using it.

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