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TranslatorsVillage & VideoDubber working together

We are proud to announce our partnership with VideoDubber.
TranslatorsVillage & VideoDubber announced today the integration between the two development environments to streamline a new multi-language solution reinforcing global video growth. Combined quality translation and automated dubbing services in a simple workflow process to allow clients to communicate with a wide international market.


TranslatorsVillage has been a leading translation and customer care with a foundation rooted in communications and community interaction. TranslatorsVillage is a diverse company, with more than 1,000 translators from all around the world and with very different backgrounds, allowing the identification with a broad business range.


VideoDubber is the first online service to offer a technology platform that enables automatic dubbing of movies & videos, accurately dubbing informational types of video (e.g. documentary, lifestyle, e-learning, explanatory, testimonials, etc.) using premium digitised voices (which are based on the voice signature of professional dubbing talents). Those high-end digitised voices in more than 40 languages combined with the shortest turnaround time in the market, enable customers from the broadcast, e-learning, e-training and e-commerce markets, to leverage this technology and reach new markets, thus increase their ROI from their current videos inventory.


With our combined skills, we look forward to exceeding expectations for all of our clients needing their videos translated and dubbed with high quality standards.


Interested in having an instant quote on the dubbing-translating service combined? Click here.
Don't forget to introduce the promo code TRV, to benefit from our launch discount.


We welcome this great opportunity and would love to speak with you about how we can work together to assist your organization with more complex multilingual dubbing requirements.

Do not hesitate to contact us to setup an appointment and/or a demo.

TranslatorsVillage: The Facts

Everybody loves some statistics every now and then so we thought we'd put together some geeky graphics that tell you a little bit about who we are and what we do.




As you can see from the graphs above, the large majority of our registered translators live in Spain, leaving Italy and the UK battling it out for second place.

Not surprisingly, therefore, most of our translators are Spanish, or at least work with Spanish as their native language.



As the graph below shows, the TranslatorsVillage community is incredibly versatile and skilled in many different areas and industries. In terms of specialisms, though, it is Information and Communication that comes out top with Education and Accommodation & Food Service following closely behind.




Do you have a specialism or working language that doesn't appear on these graphics? Comment and let us know what they are!


April Fool's Day Across the Globe



For one day a year, it is widely recognised and socially acceptable to be silly and play tricks on one another. In a tradition that dates back to the times of the Ancient Romans, pranking has evolved from slipping salt into tea instead of sugar to huge international companies fooling nations with their “newest inventions” (such as the PlayStation Flow) or latest “breaking news”.


As part of our mission to break down language barriers, we thought it would be a good idea to share some April Fool’s day traditions from across the globe. They say knowledge is power and the question is, will you use this knowledge wisely to avoid pranksters or will you become the prankster?


England

A straight-faced nation gets permission to be silly on the first of April every year. In England, you have until midday to play your tricks on your friends. I remember April Fool’s being especially fun when I was a child as we would add special “sugar” to our Dad’s tea which reacted in such a way that it would foam out of the cup. But it’s not just children that get involved as you have to be careful what you watch on the news on this particular day. 

One of Britain’s most famous pranks on the nation was pulled in 1957 when a BBC documentary was made on Spaghetti farming. The documentary showed a family in Switzerland growing spaghetti on ‘spaghetti trees’ and people even wrote to ask how they could grow their own spaghetti!


France

The French have a slightly more innocent trick to play on one another as they celebrate Poisson d’Avril (April Fish). The clue is in the name as children make a paper fish and stick it to their friend's back. They then have to run away and scream "Poisson d'Avril!", letting everyone within hearing distance know that they have just successfully pulled a prank. 

Portugal

If you happen to be in Portugal this April Fool's, be very weary of passersby who appear to be concealing something in their hands. Chances are it is going to be a handful of flour as the Portuguese celebrate 'Dia da Mentira' by throwing some flour in a poor, unsuspecting friend's face. 

India

India have  a tradition that is similar to Portugal's as they blow colourful powder at people to celebrate April Fool's day. Just as messy as Portugal, but in true Indian style, very colourful. Indian companies have pulled their nation's collective leg on more than one occasion but take a look at this advert for a new smartphone app that can kill mosquitoes - after all, there's an app for everything, right?

Sweden

The Swedes also love to have some fun on the 1st of April each year and much like the French, they have a short rhyme to say at the end of their pranks: “April, april din dumma sill, jag kan lura dig vart jag vill” (April, April you silly herring, I can fool you anywhere I want to). 

One of the most famous Swedish pranks pulled was in 1962 before the days of colour TV. The nation was told in a news bulletin that new software had been installed on their television sets and all they had to do was pull a nylon stocking over it to watch in colour. 

Turns out Sweden love their jokes so much that if you fail to trick someone on the 1st of April, you can try again on the 1st of May shouting “Maj, maj måne jag kan lura dig till Skåne” (May, May moon, I can trick you to Skåne) instead!


So there we go, some fun facts about April Fool's day in different cultures. I myself was perfectly fooled a few years ago as I tried to find an interesting article about Spanish festivals for homework. I came across an article on the internet about a fish and chip festival and thought I had struck gold. I even printed it out and started planning my presentation before I realised it was published on the 1st of April!

How do you celebrate April Fool's Day in your country? Or what is the best prank you have seen? We would love to hear from you!

Finally, if you're planning an office prank this year perhaps you should take some tips from the master of tricks Jim Halpert.





Katie Lovell







The adventure of the translation of names in Don Quixote

Quixote; Iribu - iribuilustracion.blogspot.com 
400 years after the death of Cervantes, his immortal Knight of the Sorrowful Countenance trouble continues to for translators and editors (transmitters of cultures and literatures in the world), when faced with the precious treasure of Cervantine place and personal names. In this important 2016 anniversary, we continue to argue about whether the proper names should be translated ... or not.

We want to take advantage of this year that is full of events in honour of Cervantes, and also pay our small tribute to this great master of language that gave so much importance to the invention of proper names and their meanings:

       ¨ ... and it seemed to him that neither the Bucéfalo de Alejandro nor Babieca el del Cid equalled him.Four days were spent on thinking what name to choose..."
       ¨ ... and so, after many names that he formed, erased and removed, added, unmade , and remade in his memory and imagination, he finally came to call him Rocinante, his name seemed high, resonant and meaningful "
       Once named, a name he was most pleased with, he decided to choose one for himself, and in this thought he spent eight days, and afterwards he came to be called Don Quixote

Those are the giants translators have to face, to convert into their language this motley crowd of names of characters and places in Don Quixote. The fantastic inventions of extraordinary semantic and symbolic value, converted into windmills for conscious and meticulous translators.

We invite our readers from all corners of the world to share the translation of the 10 most powerful names of Don Quixote (second most translated book in the world):

1.            Caballero de la Triste Figura
2.            Caballero de la Ardiente Espada
3.            Caraculiabro
4.            Alifanfarón, señor de la grande isla Trapobana
5.            Miaulina, hija del duque Alfeñiquén de Algarve
6.            Brandabarbarán de Boliche, señor de las tres Arabias
7.            Pentapolín del Arremangado Brazo
8.            La doncella Placerdemivida
9.            Quirieleison de Moltalbán
10.          Espartafilardo del bosque (Rastreamisuerte)


Now we're really in the thick of it!

Manuel José González - Guest blogger
Katie Lovell - Translator