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Que deviennent les anciens interprètes afghans ayant travaillé pour l’armée française ?

 

armee francaises

Depuis que l’armée française a commencé à retirer ses troupes d’Afghanistan en 2012, une question est pourtant toujours d’actualité : que vont devenir les interprètes locaux avec qui la France a pourtant collaboré depuis de nombreuses années à la résolution de ces conflits armés, et qui sont maintenant menacés de représailles par les Talibans ?

Dès que la guerre en Afghanistan a débuté, les armées des différents pays engagés ont immédiatement eu besoin, sur place, de cinq mille interprètes afghans. Mais c’est quand les armées de ces mêmes pays ont commencé à retirer leurs troupes que les interprètes, abandonnés sur place, ont immédiatement été catalogués de traîtres. Menacés et traqués par les Talibans, et sentant leur propre vie et la vie de leurs familles en danger, ces interprètes se sont mis à la recherche de visas pour quitter dès que possible l’Afghanistan. Récemment, une vingtaine d’autres anciens interprètes de l’armée française ont manifesté à Kaboul, devant l’Ambassade française, pour demander des visas et leur « protection » contre les Talibans.

Language of the Week: Thai !

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Thai is the native language to approximately 60 million people in Thailand This coutry has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in south Asia, known for its wild party scene and its beautifully serene beaches. There are very distinct differences between the dialects that are spoken in the north, north east and south of the country.

Language of the Week: Norwegian

norwegian

If I mention Norway, what is the first thing that you think of? Did the word Viking pop into your head? That is because Norwegian comes from Old Norse, which was the language of the Vikings. There are actually two written forms of Norwegian, one called Dano-Norwegian or Bokmål, which comes from the 1500s when it was under rule of Danemark, and the second is Nynorsk, which only 8% of the population uses.

Norwegian is very similar to English and hence is said to be pretty easy for English speakers to learn. There are 29 letters in their alphabet, the first 26 are the same as the English alphabet, the other three letters below are the special ones:

Alltradis a 20 ans!

alltradis a 20 ansL’aventure a commencé en 1995, sous le nom d’Alltrad Services, dont les plus jeunes d’entre vous se souviennent certainement… 20 ans de travail acharné pour vous proposer encore et toujours de la qualité et les services de professionnels dont la traduction est avant tout le métier. 20 ans aussi de rencontres, d’échanges, de réunions, de congrès, des centaines de milliers de kilomètres parcourus par nos équipes pour aller à votre rencontre… vous qui malgré la crise de 2008 et la mondialisation, continuez à nous être fidèles !

Alors, du fond du coeur, et de la part des 70 personnes qui composent notre famille (traducteurs, interprètes de conférences, chefs de projets, équipe commerciale, assistants, techniciens, graphistes, médecins-relecteurs) : MERCI !!

Alltradis compte en 2015 plus de 2.000 clients, gère l’intégralité des portefeuilles de traduction de plusieurs groupes internationaux, et participe à plus de 300 réunions stratégiques par an dans tous les domaines techniques de pointe (médical, cosmétique, luxe, mode, pharmaceutique, juridique, énergie, aéronautique, et tant d’autres…).

Agence de traduction Alltradis

L’agence de traduction Alltradis est aujourd’hui incontournable sur le marché de la traduction et de l’interprétation de conférence.

Notre expérience, acquise depuis quasiment 20 ans à travers la traduction écrite de plus de 19.000 projets multilingues et la traduction simultanée des plus grands congrès mondiaux, nous confère aujourd’hui un statut de référence qualité dans plusieurs domaines (traduction médicale/pharmaceutique, traduction cosmétique/luxe/mode, traduction technique, traduction juridique,  traduction marketing/finance/RH, etc).

Pour en savoir plus, veuillez consulter notre site web: www.alltradis.com

Language of the Week: Korean

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안녕하세요 (annyeonghaseyo) hello!

As you may have guessed, the language of this week is Korean!

Korean is the official language of both the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) which is a total of approximately 73 million people. Korean is written in a script is called Hangeul and it is said that the basics of Hangeul can be learned in just a few hours.

In the Korean alphabet, there are consonants:

1 consonants

 

And then there are double consonants:

2 double consonants

 

 

There are vowels:

3 vowels

 

 

And then there are Complex vowels:

4 complex vowels

 

 

 

Characters are written from up to down or from left to right and always start with a consonant.

5 writting

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to write only the vowel, it must be written with the consonant o.

Original vowel Written by itself

 

When writing in Korean, characters are written to fill an imaginary box and letters can be stretched or compressed to fill in the space of the box and to make it evenly sized with the other syllables. For example, you can see below how the size and shape of the letter ㄱ changes to fill in this imaginary box.

6 characters

 

 

Like always, here are some simple phrases for you to try out:

Korean Pronunciation English
어떻게 지내세요? eotteohke jinaeseyo? How are you?
만나서 반가워요 Mannaseo bangawoyo Pleased to meet you
제 이름은 … 입니다 je ireum-eun … imnida My name is…
감사합니다 kamsahamnida Thank you
미안합니다! mianhamnida Sorry
실례하겠습니다! shillehagessumnida Excuse me
모르겠습니다 moreugesseumnida I don’t understand

In Korea, there are some rules of etiquette; make sure to bow to new acquaintances and elders, hugging and kissing is generally out of the question and there is an “honorifics” system which dictates different verb endings and vocabulary to use depending on your relationship with the person. In North Korea, there is a specific verb ending for addressing their leader, Kim Jong-il. What this means is that you have to add 옵 [-op-] at the end whenever you are addressing him.

That’s all for today, 안녕!(annyeong) bye!

 



Who are we?

Agence de traduction AlltradisAlltradis is today a key player in translation and conference interpreting.

Since its creation in 1995, Alltradis has translated over 19,000 written projects in various language combinations, organized simultaneous interpreting for the largest international conferences and gathered a long list of loyal clients. Alltradis has truly become a fundamental part of their success. We specialize in diverse industries such as medical/pharmaceutical translation, cosmetic/luxury product translation, technical and industrial translation, marketing/finance/HR translation, legal translation, etc.

Many world leading companies trust our expertise – what are you waiting for? For more information, visit our website: www.alltradis.us


Language of the Week: Japanese

japanese

Konnichiwa ! (hello)

As you may already be aware, Japanese is the official language of Japan, meaning that it is the native language of over 125 million people. In Japanese, “Japan” is written using two characters “日本 ” meaning land of the rising sun.

Japanese actually borrows many words from other languages such as English, Portuguese and German.

For example:

In English, we often shorten the word television to TV, which in Japanese is テレビ pronounced as [terebi]

The word “bread” in Portuguese is pão and in Japanese is パン  pronounced as [pan].

Lastly, the german word for worker is Arbeit and in Japanese is アルバイト pronounced as [arubaito].

There are quite a few different writing systems in Japanese; Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji and Romaji. Hiragana comes from a version of cursive Chinese calligraphy. It is what native Japanese students are first taught how to write in school. Kanji is considered to be most difficult to learn and is essentially the same as Chinese characters and is able to convey complicated and lengthy phrases short and precise. Katakana is derived from Kanji and are most often used by Japanese comic book (called manga) artists to show that the speaker is a foreigner. Lastly, Romaji is the Latin or in other words English alphabet used to transcribe Japanese.

I hope that didn’t scare you away from learning Japanese, an advantage for students studying Japanese is that the words do not have genders and a word is written in the same way no matter if it’s singular or plural.

Of course, I am never one to miss out on a joke, the Japanese like to tell jokes in the form of a story, and not short two-liners. Here is a shortened version of a very famous story by Manjū Kowai:

友人達とお酒を飲んでいると、ある一人の人物がこの世で何が一番怖いか皆に問いかけます。一人はクモ、またもう一人はナメクジ、その横の人は蛇と答えます。そのうち一人はまんじゅうが一番怖い。。と答えました。それを聞くと他の友達は良くある冗談として大量のまんじゅうを買い込み、彼を一緒に部屋に閉じ込めてしまいます。しばらくして皆が様子を見ようと扉を開けると、なんと彼はまんじゅうを全部食べてしまっているではないですか!友達の一人が言います。『なんだ、お前まんじゅうが怖いって言ったじゃあないか。このうそつきめ!本当は何が怖いか正直に言ってみろ。』と聞くと、彼は『はて、、』と言ってしばらく考え込み、『いいタイミングで聞いてくれたものだ。今はおいしいお茶が本当に怖い』。

A few friends are sitting around having some drinks. One of them asks the rest what they’re most scared of. One says spiders, another says slugs, the guy next to him snakes and so on…
Finally, one of them admits it’s manjū cakes that scare him the most. So, as a practical joke, his friends go off to get heaps of manju cakes and lock him in a room with them. After a while, they open the door – only to see that he’s actually eaten all of them! « Hey! » shouts one of the friends, « I thought you said you were terrified of manjū! You liar! So come on, tell us the truth now! What is it that you’re really frightened of? » « Well, » says the man thinking for a while, « Funny you ask that, but at this very moment, I think I’m really scared of a nice cup of tea…. »

さようなら (sayounara) bye !

 



Who are we?

Agence de traduction AlltradisAlltradis is today a key player in translation and conference interpreting.

Since its creation in 1995, Alltradis has translated over 19,000 written projects in various language combinations, organized simultaneous interpreting for the largest international conferences and gathered a long list of loyal clients. Alltradis has truly become a fundamental part of their success. We specialize in diverse industries such as; medical/pharmaceutical translation, cosmetic/luxury product translation, technical and industrial translation, marketing/finance/HR translation, legal translation, etc.

Many world leading companies trust our expertise – what are you waiting for? For more information, visit our website: www.alltradis.us


Website Makeover!

Happy December! The elves at Alltradis have been hard at work to make Alltradis more accessible online. Here’s the scoop:

WEBSITE MAKEOVER (1)

First, have you noticed something different on our website? Yes, we’ve had a little makeover! Our chic, new website is much more beautiful and better organized. It’s easier to navigate, with a few updated features, like our chat, which allows you to chat live with our Commercial and Communication manager.

social media

We’ve also made ourselves available to you on various social media platforms. We’ve been working hard to stay connected with our clients and the translation community through various social media platforms.

You can connect with us via:

We hope these updates will help us serve you better.

 


Who are we?

Agence de traduction AlltradisAlltradis is today a key player in translation and conference interpreting.

Since its creation in 1995, Alltradis has translated over 19,000 written projects in various language combinations, organized simultaneous interpreting for the largest international conferences and gathered a long list of loyal clients. Alltradis has truly become a fundamental part of their success. We specialize in diverse industries such as; medical/pharmaceutical translation, cosmetic/luxury product translation, technical and industrial translation, marketing/finance/HR translation, legal translation, etc.

Many world leading companies trust our expertise – what are you waiting for? For more information, visit our website: www.alltradis.us


How Translation Adds Value

How Translation Adds Value

From books to movies, instruction manuals to ads, I’ve been watching, reading, and listening to translated materials all my life. I know what makes bad translation, but never gave a second thought about what makes a good one.

Since starting at Alltradis, I’ve been more conscious of what constitutes good translation. In the end, the answer was quite simple: good translation adds value. Take, for example, a cosmetic company. Many wheels must turn, and do so in harmony, to make it into a success in a competitive market. A well-made product, beautiful packaging, effective marketing—these qualities add value to the brand. So does good translation.

The ultimate goal of translation is to translate so that the brand’s words and identity resonates across all cultures.

How does translation add value? How I see it, there are three big ways:

  1. Thinking globally as the brand
  2. Translating the brand
  3. Understanding the market and the project

Thinking globally as the brand
In every language and culture, there are linguistic preferences and nuances. Even when a phrase is grammatically correct, small linguistic hiccups can disturb the fluidity or professional façade. For example, Nike is famous slogan, “Just do it.” It is memorable, and impactful. Its literal translation in Chinese, however, doesn’t carry the same meaning and impact. Translators opted for “Have sport,” which may be confusing in English, but impactful in Chinese. Knowing the languages are important, but knowing how they work is just as essential in great translation.

Translating the brand
Brand image and identity often influences the tone in which the brand communicates with its clients. While Google opts for a friendly, familial tone, Chanel remains a little distanced, professional, and reserved. The brand identity can take years to create. Its language professionals must be aware of the corporate culture and patterns to translate the essence of the brand. This only comes with years of experience with the same brand, which places importance on trust and loyalty between business and its translator.

Understanding the market and the project
Every market or industry has a certain style and speech pattern. Only experienced translators know how to navigate through the different industries, and know the linguistic nuances and linguistic preferences of the market. In the detail-oriented world of the medical and the pharmaceutical industries, a small misuse of a word ccome with grave consequences. In the creative world of marketing, however, incorporating puns, and references can be smart and funny.

All this is to say translation is more than just churning out words. Adding human elements to the work, like considering the cultural and corporate context and the market, and doing it well is what sets good translation agency apart from great ones.

A great translation agency has:

  • open flow of communication with the client (and welcomes input),
  • knowledge and experience in your market and brand,
  • a translation-proofreading process, and is open to communicate about it, and
  • (or is willing to reccomend) creative copywriters or specializing proofreaders, should your project require them.

Can you think of other ways translation adds value to your brand and to your project? And what other qualities do great translation agencies have?

 



Who are we?

Agence de traduction AlltradisAlltradis is today a key player in translation and conference interpreting.

Since its creation in 1995, Alltradis has translated over 19,000 written projects in various language combinations, organized simultaneous interpreting for the largest international conferences and gathered a long list of loyal clients. Alltradis has truly become a fundamental part of their success. We specialize in diverse industries such as; medical/pharmaceutical translation, cosmetic/luxury product translation, technical and industrial translation, marketing/finance/HR translation, legal translation, etc.

Many world leading companies trust our expertise – what are you waiting for? For more information, visit our website: www.alltradis.us


Translating Crisis

Tower of London

Much of human history is marked by war. For centuries, translators and interpreters stood behind closed doors of negotiations and the front-lines of combat. Over time, warfare and diplomacy tactics has unrecognizably changed. Regulation, training, and laws protecting and educating interpreters in places of war and crisis, however, have not caught up.

Local translators are hired on the basis of their fluency in two languages needed for interpretation, as well as their knowledge and rapport with the community in which they are translating in. Case studies have shown that many interpreters “have not undergone training in interpreting… Thus they lack both essential professional skills to perform adequately as interpreters, as well as the necessary professional ethics to support crisis management and humanitarian efforts in a stressful environment.” (Bali & Moser-Mercer, 2008).

These interpreters enter warzones with little professional, emotional, and physical skills to cope and protect themselves. On top of this, their profession often put their families at risk, too. Interpreters are branded as infidel, traitor, or unpatriotic for working alongside the occupiers. As a consequence, their lives, as well as their families’ are in danger, even after the soldiers march out.

Legal measures were made by occupying countries like the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom, who created visa programs for locals served their military. However, none have been very successful. Here’s a clip from “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” where Oliver outlines the progress and flaws of the American Special Immigrant Visas:

As seen in the video, not only is the bureaucratic process of obtaining a visa complicated, but it is not even guaranteed. America’s neighbours like Canada and the United Kingdom have implemented similar programs, although they all seem to face the same issues and flaws.

The nature of translation makes its professionals invisible. However, this should not make them invisible in front of the law or protection. Their courage and service should not be forgotten. Their safety cannot be compromised. This Remembrance Day, we recognize the unsung heroes of war.

Bali, G., & Moser-Mercer, B. (2008, June 3). Interpreting in zones of crisis and war. Retrieved November 10, 2014.

 



Who are we?

Agence de traduction AlltradisAlltradis is today a key player in translation and conference interpreting.

Since its creation in 1995, Alltradis has translated over 19,000 written projects in various language combinations, organized simultaneous interpreting for the largest international conferences and gathered a long list of loyal clients. Alltradis has truly become a fundamental part of their success. We specialize in diverse industries such as; medical/pharmaceutical translation, cosmetic/luxury product translation, technical and industrial translation, marketing/finance/HR translation, legal translation, etc.

Many world leading companies trust our expertise – what are you waiting for? For more information, visit our website: www.alltradis.us


La précarité énergétique, une des problématiques incontournables de notre siècle…

Alltradis précarité énergétiqueL’agence de traduction et d’interprétation de conférence Alltradis, en partenariat avec l’ADEME (Agence de l’Environnement de la Maîtrise de l’Energie) et l’ONPE (Observatoire National de la Précarité Energétique) a assuré les traductions simultanées du dernier colloque sur la précarité énergétique, le 03 octobre dernier sur Paris. Plus de 11 millions de personnes, soit un cinquième de la population française, éprouvent des difficultés à se chauffer et s’éclairer, selon une évaluation de l’ONPE, qui préconise de renforcer les aides au paiement des factures via un chèque énergie.

Sont actuellement considérés en précarité énergétique les quelques quatre millions de foyers – soit environ huit millions de personnes – consacrant plus de 10% de leurs revenus à leurs dépenses en énergie au sein de leur logement. Mais cette définition, résumée par la notion de taux d’effort énergétique, est jugée trop approximative par l’ONPE. «Elle fera regarder comme précaires des habitants qui ne se soucient pas vraiment de leur facture et négligera d’autres dont l’effort n’est réduit qu’au prix d’une auto-restriction qui menace leur bien-être», relève son président, Jérôme Vignon, cité dans le rapport.

L’ONPE propose dès lors de combiner plusieurs indicateurs, comme le taux d’effort, le niveau de revenus, les comportements (moins se chauffer pour faire des économies, par exemple) et le ressenti du froid (en raison notamment d’une installation de chauffage insuffisante ou d’une mauvaise isolation). Sur cette base, «l’ensemble des populations en situation de précarité énergétique dans leur logement serait de l’ordre de 5,1 millions de ménages (et 11,5 millions d’individus), soit environ 20% de la population totale», souligne-t-il.


Qui sommes-nous? 

Agence de traduction AlltradisL’agence de traduction Alltradis est aujourd’hui incontournable sur le marché de la traduction et de l’interprétation de conférence.

Notre expérience, acquise depuis quasiment 20 ans à travers la traduction écrite de plus de 19.000 projets multilingues et la traduction simultanée des plus grands congrès mondiaux, nous confère aujourd’hui un statut de référence qualité dans plusieurs domaines (traduction médicale/pharmaceutique, traduction cosmétique/luxe/mode, traduction technique, traduction juridique,  traduction marketing/finance/RH, etc).

Pour en savoir plus, veuillez consulter notre site web: www.alltradis.com