Online Language Translation: Breaking the Barrier

By: Kristel Daniels

Language is considered to be the main mode of communication among human beings. Since the beginning of time, it has been used by man to convey emotions, thoughts and desires. But just like anything in this world, language is not spared from the effects of time. It too lives and die, and move from place to place as time changes. We human being have to live by the infallible fact that language that stops changing begins to die, and any language that is considered living is in a state of continuous change.

Language plays a special role in capturing the wide expanse of human diversity. We constantly surprise ourselves by the variety of human belief, lifestyle, and culture expressed in many thousands of languages around the world. We can learn from a bygone civilization by reading their written records. We can teach and mold the character of future generations by speaking or writing to them.

The world's heterogeneous mix of languages may provide life color and the joy of discovery, but for those whose lives are deeply involved in the business of marketing, it is an obstacle that needs to be surmounted in order to survive. Anyone selling a product or promoting a service in a world populated by 6.6 billion people (and continuously growing) speaking in six thousand different languages, not including dialects, knows exactly the kind of breakdown in communication he or she has to face. A certain word may be appealing to a certain country and be totally offensive to another. Or a culture's friendly greeting might sound vile to a more traditionalistic culture. Countless stories can attest how an intended sales path or a harmless expression can become a catastrophe when language isn't carefully thought of.

Thankfully with today's digital technology, communicating across the globe has never been easier. Online language translation services is a booming industry in the colossal marketplace we call the Internet. With the unprecedented rate of growth the world's population is experiencing now, online language translation services feel that they too should follow the trend by expanding their services, including the number of language they translate. There are language translation companies that specialize in 80 languages and dialects. And there are companies that base more than 14,000 translators around the world to cover more ground. Regardless of the number of professional translators and worldwide accessibility, all companies offering language translation services exist for the primary reason to help corporations or individuals make sure the message of their reports or documents - legal, medical, technical, etc. - is communicated clearly and precisely to different races, creeds and cultures. Availing their services can also help make a sales copy more enticing.

But perhaps, even with an accurately adjusted assessment report or a properly executed sales pitch, the biggest advantage one can enjoy for availing the service of a language translation company is freedom from the worry of facing embarrassment or acquiring unwanted enemies by the unintentional misuse of words or phrases.

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