Archive for May 2014

Spelling Nightmares

Translators and captioners sometime face the challenge of long convoluted words, especially in the sciences.  According to the European Centre for Modern Languages, among the European languages, as one would expect, German has the longest word.  In the list chemical names are not included, but some dreadful diseases are.

Those suffering from hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia* should not click, but for the rest of us, to see the list click here.

*Fear of long words


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What Language Does Your State Speak?

Seen on network and cable stations this past weekend, this series of maps answers the question “What Language Does Your State Speak?”

As we have reported many times, English is the most widely spoken language in the U.S., followed closely by Spanish.  Once English and Spanish are removed from the maps, interesting things happen.  Two Native American languages, Navajo and Dakota, emerge.  The map also shows remnants of the largest flow of German immigration to America that occurred between 1820 and World War I, during which time nearly six million Germans immigrated to the United States and went West.

See the rest of the map series, including other Native American, Scandinavian, and Asian languages,  here at Slate.





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Dotsub Sponsors Kaltura Connect 2014

Join us at Kaltura Connect 2014 –– June 17-18, New York City


(See below for special Dotsub Discounts!)

Dotsub is a proud sponsor of Kaltura Connect 2014, The Video Experience Conference.  This year Connect 2014 returns to New York City June 16-18.  Connect features a rich day of workshops, an exciting weekend hackathon, and two days of inspiring content.  Come network with the makers and shapers of the most important communication technology since the invention of television – Video.

The Dotsub Kaltura partnership is a strong one – evidenced by the seamless integration of the two platforms.  Kaltura users simply tag the Kaltura video to identify it to Dotsub.  Dotsub automatically ingests a low-resolution proxy copy of the video into our secure system.  The video is then available for captioning – suitable for the hearing impaired, as well as for multiple language translations – which Dotsub does in a few days.  Approved subtitles can then be automatically sent to your video players, transferred to any platform, or exported in many formats.  No additional development, changes to your workflow, or downloads are needed after the initial integration.

Dotsub also works seamlessly with Kaltura’s new video player which features enhanced performance.

Dotsub folks will be available throughout the event.  Please take advantage of the 50% discount that Kaltura has made available to the Dotsub community!

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April Statistics

Here is this month’s edition of our regular section giving you, the Dotsub community, an idea of where in the world our users were using Dotsub and what languages they were working in during the month of April, 2014

Languages 20

German and Japanese moved into the top six after the “Big Four” i.e. English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. Turkish is moving up the top 20,  moving from 13th to 11th this month. Last month Catalan was waiting in the wings at 21st, but this month has cracked the top 20 at #17. Hebrew also crept in at #20.

I removed the top 4 so that it is a little easier to see the performance of the other languages.

Languages 5-20

In terms of locations, in the top 4 Brazil and Canada exchanged places from last month. Hungary surged into the top twenty with a bullet* at #9 and Turkey made an appearance at #20. India dropped to #16 from last month’s #11.

Countries 20

Again to help see more detail, I have removed the US.

Countries 2-20

As always we look at the other end of the table and see that we have 9 locations this month with a single visit –  Tonga, the Falkland Islands, Guinea-Bissau, Solomon Islands, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Montserrat, St Pierre and Miquelon, American Samoa and the Åland Islands. For our geography lesson this month, Åland consists of 6,757 islands situated midway between Sweden and Finland. Although the people of Åland speak Swedish, this autonomous territory is part of Finland

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