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Spanish Is Thriving!

The prestigious Cervantes Institute has released Spanish in the World 2015, its latest edition of their annual update on the Spanish language. The Cervantes Institute is a worldwide nonprofit organization created by the Spanish government in 1991. With branches in over 20 countries, it is the largest organization in the world responsible for promoting the study and the teaching of Spanish language and culture. Spanish is the mother tongue of 470 million people and the third-most-used language online, according to the extremely detailed report.

The detail and richness of the report is due to the analysis of 30 years of data about the current position and evolution of Spanish around the world. For example, it was only recently discovered that there are more than 1.2 million people studying Spanish in sub-Saharan Africa! The report estimates that 21 million people are currently studying Spanish world-wide with the US leading with 7.8 million, followed by Brazil and France.

One of the highlights of the report was that the Institute itself has become more Latin American. The Spanish government furnishes 50% of its budget, while more than 65% of the Institute’s activities are the result of collaboration with Hispanic American countries. The report also analyzes the current position of Spanish in the U.S. and its importance in science, literature, and film.

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FACTS:

  • In 2015, nearly 470 million people spoke Spanish as their mother tongue.
  • The number of people with the ability to communicate in Spanish grew to nearly 559 million.
  • Spanish is the world’s second most spoken mother tongue after Chinese.
  • Due to population trends, the number of mother-tongue Spanish speakers is continuing to rise, while the proportions of Chinese and English mother-tongue speakers are falling.
  • 7% of the world’s population is Spanish speaking. This figure is predicted to rise to 7.5% by 2030.
  • More than 21 million people study Spanish as a foreign language worldwide.
  • 9% of internet users communicate in Spanish.
  • Spanish is the third-most-used language online after English and Chinese.
  • Spanish is the second-most-used language on the two main social networks, Facebook and Twitter.
  • The U.S. is now the second biggest Spanish speaking country having 41 million native speakers and 11.6 million who are Spanish-English bilingual. The largest is Mexico.
  • New Mexico, California, Texas and Arizona have the highest concentrations of Spanish speakers.

 

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Profiles of U.S. Hispanics studying Spanish: The Guardian

Sources

http://languagemagazine.com/?p=125279

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jun/29/us-second-biggest-spanish-speaking-country

http://eldiae.es/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/espanol_lengua-viva_20151.pdf

How Things have Changed: The Words of 1995

Back to the Future turned 30 this year.  Dictionary.com and Yahoo! are celebrating 20 years in business.  Over the past 20 or so years there have been lots of words added to the lexicon.  Naturally, many of them have to do with technology.  Many of them are what linguists call a “functional shift” which is when a noun becomes a verb or vice versa (i.e. to friend).  Others are when a word retains the old meaning but has added another – see the Huffington Post link below.  One word that didn’t make that list was the first one that Dotsubbers guessed!  That word: Spam.

The original link to The Huffington Post.
Here’s the link to Yahoo!

 

Dotsub is a Technical Partner for Frontiers of Interaction

foiOnVideum_845x160Dotsub is proud to be a Technical Partner for Frontiers of Interaction.  Along with Dotsub Partner, Videum, we will be participating in the FrontierX: Health track.  Roberto Ascione, Primary Adviser for Videum and CEO at Healthware International, will be the Curator of the Health track, exploring how healthcare is being transformed by digital technologies.  Dotsub’s CEO and Founder, Michael Smolens, and our Chief Innovation Officer, David Orban, are featured speakers.

Frontiers of Interaction is the meeting point of design, technology and everything digital and interactive.  There are over 40 world class speakers from different disciplines and industries. Delegates are expected to number over 600 people this year.   Founders, entrepreneurs, designers, managers, academics, thinkers and makers will share insights, strategies and visions in an open conversation mood during two days of keynotes, workshops, panels and discussions.

The conference will take place on November 12-13, 2015 in Milan, the capital of Italian Finance, Innovation, Design and Art.

Dotsub is a Proud Sponsor of the Mobile Film Festival!

Call for Videos – Deadline for submission is September 28, 2015.

This year the Mobile Film Festival is international and focused on the topic of Act for Climate Change. In collaboration with the United Nations, Dotsub, BNP Paribas, and Translators without Borders, this festival will celebrate the selection of 100 finalists and one Grand Prize winner presented under the auspices of the UN’s Climate Change Conference (COP21 -see sidebar) in Paris in December.

Visit the official COP21 website. Know about climate change? Take the COP21quiz.
Visit the official COP21 website.
Know about climate change? Take the COP21 quiz.

We sat with Bruno Smadja, founder and CEO of the Mobile Film Festival, to listen to his compelling story.

Now in its eleventh year, the Mobile Film Festival has always strived to discover, support and assist filmmakers following one single premise: 1 Mobile, 1 Minute, 1 Film. This year, the Mobile Film Festival is bringing an exciting opportunity to content creators – the festival is going global!  Smadja’s challenge is to reach out to the whole world to find one minute films made on mobile phones that express the artists’ unique viewpoint on the topic of Act on Climate Change.

As you can imagine, lining up organizations as diverse as this year’s sponsors, is the culmination of months of cooperation and collaboration.

BNP Paribas has supported the Mobile Film Festival in the past and continues their commitment to all aspects of cinema in France, as well as all types of film-related events, both in France and abroad. The BNP Paribas Grand Prize winner is granted € 30,000 to make one film in one year.

The participants will naturally shoot their films in their native languages. 100 films will be selected for the official competition. Dotsub founder and CEO, Michael Smolens, and Smadja have a long relationship, so it was natural for Smadja to reach out to Dotsub to provide the platform for captions and translations. “We were delighted to join in this inspiring endeavor,” explains Smolens, “The removal of cross-cultural and cross-lingual obstacles is Dotsub’s mission – which applies so well to the UN Conference and the Mobile Film Festival.”

“We are very honored to be partnering with the United Nations for this very special and international festival,” said Smadja, “We are also excited that Dotsub enables us to tell this story of worldwide importance by breaking down language barriers, giving these filmmakers the chance to vastly extend the reach of their films to a global audience.”

As submissions are in the artists’ own languages, Dotsub will provide the platform for providing captions and translations for the 100 finalists with translation into being done by NGO Translators without Borders as well as other approved translators in scores of languages.
MFFquoteThese 100 films will be selected in competition.  The first place film maker will be awarded a grant of €30,000 from BNP Paribas to be used for the production of a film within a year.  All awards will be awarded in a ceremony on December 7, 2015 in Paris.

“We have asked for film creators to tap into their passion for the environment as well use their ingenuity to suggest solutions – all in one minute shot on a mobile device.  The results are incredible, we already have submissions from all five inhabited continents!” exclaimed Smadja.

Smadja continues, “It has always been our mission to discover and support young film makers.  But to be able to focus on a topic with global impact, and to showcase their talent at such a prestigious event, the UN Conference on Climate Change, well, it is a dream come true!”

sched2For more information, including the rules of entry and to upload films go to www.mobilefilmfestival.com.

About Mobile Film Festival

Bruno Smadja created the Mobile Film Festival in 2005. For the past 11 editions it has been dedicated to discover, support and accompany young directors by proposing to take part to a smart challenge based on a unique idea 1 Mobile, 1 Minute, 1 Film.

The Mobile Film Festival 2015 is an online film competition to discover new talent while raising awareness of climate change worldwide. The use of mobile technology creates a more level playing field that gives wide distribution to new storytellers. Judged by a panel of filmmakers such as Fernando Meirelles, winners will be announced at a live awards ceremony at The United Nations Climate Change Conference 2015, with the Best Film getting put into production by a professional crew.

About Dotsub

Dotsub is a language product and services company making your online video available to all via translations, captions and voice-overs.  By increasing the global reach of your video, its value increases dramatically with added accessibility and audience engagement.  Our closed captions meet federal standards for the deaf and hearing impaired, and by offering translations in over 500 languages, Dotsub extends the influence of your video world-wide.  www.dotsub.com

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ADA Celebrates 25 Years!

The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed into law 25 years ago in July of 1990. The result of decades of unceasing work by disability advocates, the ADA is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life.adaquote

Crucial to those in the video and language industries, the ADA included the deaf and hearing impaired community.  In the 90s, the internet was in its infancy, and the state of video was America’s Funniest Home Video (also celebrating its 25th anniversary).  Facebook (2004) and YouTube (2005) were at least a decade away.  The ADA, of course, only dealt with the existing telecommunications.

Captions and closed captions had been experimented with in the 70s.  In fact, Washington’s public television station and current Dotsub customer, WETA, successfully tested the closed captioning system in 1973.  Network broadcasting of regular shows with televisions equipped with closed caption decoders began in the 80s.

The disability advocates have continued to work ceaselessly with the ADA and the FCC to expand accessibility to include new technology.  The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act expanded the scope of devices that must display captions to all video devices that display video programming transmitted simultaneously with sound, including those that can receive or display programming carried over the Internet.

Today, content service providers, such as broadcasters and cable companies, must provide closed captioning for 100% of all new, non-exempt, English language video programming.  The aim is to maintain the pace of accessibility with advances in technology.

The ADA is the model for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Treaty.  The Convention was adopted in December 2006 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and was opened for signature on 30 March 2007. It was met with the highest number of signatories in history to a UN Convention on its opening day.  It is the first comprehensive human rights treaty of the 21st century and was enacted in May 2008.  Ironically, the U.S. is not a signatory.

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Sources:

http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?navid=15&pid=150
http://www.ada.gov/ada_intro.htm
http://fpif.org/the-americans-with-disabilities-act-is-a-model-for-the-world-literally/
http://nad.org/issues/technology/captioning/when-required
http://www.ncicap.org/about-us/history-of-closed-captioning/

Why Millennials Love Video

Animoto (www.animoto.com) did their own survey and have presented their findings in an entertaining infographic:

Millennials Love Video Infographic

 

Michael Smolens Speaking at Cross Video Days (Video)

Dotsub’s Chairman. Michael Smolens gave the keynote speech at Cross Video Days in Paris. Michael’s talk emphasized expansion of video reach via language translation.  With more than 1,100 participants, Cross Video Days has established itself as a major event of the audiovisual industry in Europe gathering all actors in the value chain: authors, producers, TV, digital platforms, funding bodies, communication agencies and the most innovative cross-media brands and startups.

Here’s the keynote with English captions or Spanish translation.

Dotsub Website Stats

Let’s take a look at Dotsub.com’s statistics for the months of April and May 2015 combined.

Languages

We will start with languages.  As usual, the top four remain steady with English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French.  Czech dropped to sixth place.  These languages have remained consistent for the past several months while the rest hop about.

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During these months, both Arabic and Catalan dropped out of the top 20.

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Once again, removing the most numerous, reveals the details.

Location

For the location of visitors to Dotsub.com, the U.S. is always on top, and the next few countries, Canada, Australia, and the UK usually round out the top 4, but the rest of the top 20 is quite volatile and their order varies wildly month to month.  Portugal, Romania, The Netherlands and New Zealand have dropped off; while Austria, Argentina, Japan, and Poland are now in the top 20.LocsTop20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, removing the the top 4 gives us a better look at the rest of the top 20.

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We had two visits from Vatican City to our website during these months.  Vatican City is the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both area and population.

The Holy See uses Latin as its main official language, Italian as its main working language and French as its main diplomatic language.  Their Secretary of State uses English, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish. Meanwhile, the Swiss Guard, essentially the Pope’s body guards, use German, as well as French and Italian.

And, yes it is true that the Vatican’s ATMs offer the option to use Latin for banking transactions.

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GALA Conference March 2015

Gala Conference, March 22-25, Sevilla, Spain
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The well-known voice of the localization industry, the Globalization and Localization Association (GALA), tends to hold its annual conference in very attractive destinations – past locations have included Monaco, Istanbul and Miami – where in 2013 our very own David Orban was the keynote speaker.

This year was no exception, with the conference taking place last week in historic Sevilla, southern Spain. The relatively small size of the conference and high level attendees ensured it was focused and informative, with daily sessions ranging across Interpreting, technology, travel and other industry topics. We were very pleased to attend and hear fascinating insights from the people who make up this multi-cultural industry.

The buzz was all around the conference theme of Change and Disruption, with a entertaining keynote by Paula Shannon of Lionbridge Language Services, one of Dotsub’s key partners. In her speech Paula dived into many of the advancements breaking new ground in the localization industry today: including real-time translation tools, and portable, wearable translation devices. The future is upon us!

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