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  • EU Projects and Translation Process

    Autor: Tomislav Bleiziffer 15.04.2014 Translation

    EU Projects and Translation Process

    In the past few years, EU funds are becoming increasingly more interesting in Croatia. At the outset of EU accession negotiations, several pre-accession funds aimed at institutional reforms and overall development were made available – PHARE, CARDS, SAPARD, followed by IPARD and IPA – just to name a few. They shared complex application, approval and implementation administration processes as common traits – as well as the need of translating application documents and implementation reports into English. After the accession, some changes took place. IPA was replaced by the Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund, and Croatian became ...

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  • Translation of instructions for safe use

    Autor: Mladen Stojak 08.04.2014 Translation

    Translation of instructions for safe use

    All new products should be accompanied by adequate information for handling, most commonly in the form of instructions for their safe operation and use. All European directives about the safety of products require the availability of information that enable the safe use of products for the end users. User instructions should be concise, easy to understand and written in the end user’s mother tongue. Of course, this does not entail specific maintenance activities, which end users should not perform in any case. Other product information, such as warnings, which may be in a graphic form, should ...

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  • More Untranslatable Words from Different Cultures

    Autor: Miloš Matović 04.04.2014 Consulting

    More Untranslatable Words from Different Cultures

    Words (or rather their meanings) are seldom really untranslatable. However, some cultures have developed certain words and phrases that are hardly ever encountered in other languages. The reasons for these lacunas or lexical gaps are diverse and too many to count, as is usually the case with languages. Some of these remarkable words have already become parts of other languages as loanwords, while some of them - partly due to the linguistic economy of a target language, partly because of their overly specific meaning or simply because they are archaisms or neologisms – regularly drive translators insane ...

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  • Top 30 Online Languages in 2013

    Autor: Miloš Matović 01.04.2014 Consulting

    Top 30 Online Languages in 2013

    Common Sense Advisory, an independent American market research company, has conducted another comprehensive study on the most used languages on the Internet. The complex methodology used by the company in the research encompasses a wide range of data to bring the most accurate results and show the current trends as well as to predict future ones in the online world.

    The methodology of Common Sense Advisory is based upon four sets of numbers. Total Online population or TOP is a figure showing the total number of active Internet users in a specific language ...

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  • The 10 Most Widely Spoken Languages in the World

    Autor: Petra Benčić 28.03.2014 Consulting

    The 10 Most Widely Spoken Languages in the World

    Which are the most widely spoken languages in the world? The answer to that question depends on how we rank them. For example, the number of people in the world who speak English is far greater than the number of people whose mother tongue is English.

    The following list is based on the languages with the highest numbers of native speakers in the world.

    1. Mandarin (Chinese): With more than 1.2 billion native speakers in the world, Mandarin as the part of the Chinese language family takes first ...

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