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Sweden’s New Pronoun

The official dictionary of the Swedish language is getting a refresh, editors of the Swedish Academy have announced.  Among the additions is a gender-neutral pronoun. Instead of just he (han) and she (hon), there will now be hen as well.  Not a brand new concept, hen has gained acceptance and is in relatively wide usage today.  But inclusion in the dictionary makes it official.

The pronoun is used to refer to a person without revealing their gender, either because it is unknown, because the person is transgender, or the speaker or writer deems the gender to be superfluous information. In a progressive nation such as Sweden, gender equality is a proud tradition.  In fact, Sweden ranks 4th in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report. gendergap

To quote the Swedish government website: “Gender equality implies not only equal distribution between men and women in all domains of society. It is also about the qualitative aspects, ensuring that the knowledge and experience of both men and women are used to promote progress in all aspects of society.”

Gender-neutral pronouns have never gained traction in English, despite several attempts since 1850.  Proposed then were: thon, ip, hi, le and hiser.  Instead of coming to grips with the problem, we resort to the stilted he/she, he and she, his/her or use of the gender neutral plurals which can result in faulty construction.

I think I like thon best.

 

 

Sources:
http://qz.com/369725/sweden-will-make-a-gender-neutral-pronoun-official-by-adding-it-to-the-dictionary/

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/03/27/395785965/he-she-or-hen-sweden-s-new-gender-neutral-pronoun

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender-specific_and_gender-neutral_pronouns

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GALA Conference March 2015

Gala Conference, March 22-25, Sevilla, Spain
by Tanbir Johal

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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Dotsub.com’s Statistics from February, 2015

Let’s take a look at Dotsub.com’s statistics for the month of February 2015.

Languages

We will start with languages.  As usual, the top five remain steady with English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Czech.  These languages have remained consistent for the past several months.  The rest of the top 15 languages play a sort of musical chairs amongst a group of about 18.

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This month  Dutch returned to the sixth spot, Hebrew moved up from 20th to 15th, Arabic makes an appearance at 20th and Slovakian replaced Slovenian.

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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.

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So, removing the the top 4 gives us a better look at the rest of the top 20. Brazil and Spain change places Colombia and India both move into the top twenty with Japan and Mexico making way for them.

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In January, we had a single visit from the Isle of Man, the Central African Republic, the Solomon Islands and Sierra Leone.

Normally I would provide a lot of data and some interesting facts for one of our singletons, but this month something else is worth mentioning. Over the last 18 months or so we have seen Vanuatu in our logs many times, several as one of our single visitors. As you probably know, on March 14th, 2015 what many have said is the worst cyclone in the Pacific’s history, Pam, slammed into the island archipelago of Vanuatu, killing at least eight people and leaving thousands homeless, according to reports from aid organizations.

You can read about the devastation here.

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New York City – The Definition of Cosmopolitan

New York City residents are now able to sign up for idNYC – a government-issued identification card that is available to all residents age 14 and older. Immigration status does not matter. Demonstrating a truly open arms policy, the program applications have been translated into 25 languages available on-line.

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This initiative was approved last year and is aimed at those who do not currently have a government-issued ID, including the elderly, homeless and an estimated 500,000 immigrants in the city without legal documentation.

Initially, the idNYC application process was walk-in and apply – which swiftly resulted in long lines – now you must make an appointment. The administrators of the program hadn’t anticipated on the overwhelming demand.  Thousands of New Yorkers (approximately 5,700) have enrolled in the city’s ID program since it launched on January 12, 2915, and more than 55,000 others have booked appointments.

NYC created an incentive program to entice all New Yorkers, regardless of their immigration status, to get a card. Cardholders are eligible for free memberships at 33 cultural institutions as well as other discounts. The idNYC card enables residents to access City services and City buildings, such as schools. In addition, the card can be presented as proof of identification for interacting with the police and is an accepted form of identification for opening a banking account at select financial institutions. It is also your library card.

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The Languages Less Browsed

For those of you who regularly read the Newsletter’s statistics section, we write a short piece about countries that have one or two visits in a month to our Website. While I was compiling this month’s edition, it struck me that we didn’t look at the languages that were used infrequently. This was more of an academic interest rather than being particularly informative as, the internet tells me, many computers’ browsers are set to US English on installation and are never changed. However, never one to allow facts to get in the way of conjecture, I thought I would take a look at these languages that show up on less frequently used list.

All of these languages were attributed, by Google Analytics, of having less than five visits to the Dotsub website in November 2014. They are, in no particular order:

Afrikaans Irish Khmer Tamil Urdu Bosnian
Gujurati Marathi Amharic Assamese Gaelic Hausa
Latin Armenian Maori Burmese Icelandic Malayalam
Mongolian Albanian Telugu Yiddish Luxembourgish

 

 

 

As you can see they span the spectrum, from Latin and Gaelic which have very few speakers and one can only imagine that there are fewer people who set their Browser to those languages, to the Indian languages such as Gujurati, Marathi, Urdu, etc. which are spoken by large numbers of people, each of those examples are spoken by more than 70 million each, but probably have another language for their internet usage.

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Dotsub.com October Statistics

Here is the November 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 October, 2014 and as always a fascinating piece of geography trivia at the end, this month with some Natural History thrown in.

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English, Spanish and Portuguese are well established at the top of the rankings these days and the rest of the world is coming in a poor fourth. The major European languages French, Italian and German are always there or thereabouts and most of the other entrants in the top 20 are European languages with Japanese, Chinese and Korean the exceptions. This month languages 18-20 Hebrew, Catalan and Romanian were new replacing Slovakian, Hungarian and Arabic which were in those positions last month.

As always I have removed the top few (4 in this case) to make the graph a little more discernible.

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In the countries section, Canada reclaimed its second place, and Spain pushed up to 3rd pushing Brazil down to 4th. Greece climbed a few spots while Japan and Germany fell down the charts a little. Welcome to Peru who made it in at #18 at the expense of Slovenia.

And removing the US allows everything else to be seen a little more easily.

 

Geography Trivia. The intriguing part of the data to me, as regular readers know, is the countries and/or territories that are at the other end of the list with only one or two visits. This month we primarily had unique visits from islands or groups of islands. Of the singletons, 6 of the 8 fell into that category.

The island group we will mention this week is Comoros. This sovereign archipelago island nation in the Indian Ocean is located at the northern end of the Mozambique channel off the eastern coast of Africa. Comoros has endured more than 20 coups or attempted coups since gaining independence from France in 1975. In 1997, the islands of Anjouan and Moheli declared independence from Comoros. In 1999, military chief Col. AZALI seized power of the entire government in a bloodless coup, and helped negotiate the 2000 Fomboni Accords power-sharing agreement in which the federal presidency rotates among the three islands, and each island maintains its local government. Its main languages are Arabic (the official language), French and Shikomoro (a blend of Swahili and Arabic). Its population of about 770,000 is 98% Sunni Muslim.  One of its major industries is perfume distillation as it is a major producer of ylang-ylang (a perfume essence) – making up about 30% of Comoros’ exports.

One of its claims to fame is that the Coelocanth –  a so-called living fossil – can be found off its shores. This fish is thought to represent a very early step in the evolution of fish to terrestrial four legged animals like amphibians. The fish was thought to have gone extinct with the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, but one was found in 1938 and started a heated debate about how this creature fits into the evolution of land animals.

Its flag …

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Dotsub Awarded Patent For Its Value Added Platform

Value added online platforms create sustainable marketplaces, allowing supply and demand to combine with the addition of specialized components to enable the desired service to be delivered on the platform itself.

Dotsub is such a value added platform. At its core it makes videos fully indexable by search engines, more easily findable by interested people in any language, understandable and engaging for those who don’t speak the source language of the video. However it doesn’t stop there! Through easy-to-use, intuitive interfaces, Dotsub allows the very process of time coding and captioning of the videos to happen within the browser. Without changing the paradigm, or switching to an off-line tool, once the video is captioned, the translation into any target language follows seamlessly and intuitively. These translations can be done by machines, by the crowd, or trained human professionals.

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Additional steps for reviewing the quality and bringing it up to the expected levels are also part of the user experience. The entire process is guided by a specific tool, once again available simply through the browser, that simplifies workflow management, assignment of tasks and allows the creation of triggers and alarms to automate and notify user project managers of successive handoffs. This is the environment we call the Dotsub Translation Content Management System (TCMS).

The integration of Dotsub with the online video platforms completes the sequence for an end to end solution where content owners can add relevant value to their videos in a simple, cost-effective and high-quality solution. Through our Enterprise solutions, or simply via our ecommerce portal, these services can be delivered to our clients at high quality, rapidly, easily, and cost effectively.

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Being able to create systems that are innovative, easy to use, and sustainable in delivering value to their users is a clear challenge that all startups must necessarily face. We believe that Dotsub successfully faced this challenge, with the help of everybody in our team! This is the reason why we are so proud that the innovation embodied by Dotsub’s approach has been recognized by the United States Patents and Trademarks Office which awarded us with US Patent 8863220 on Oct 14, 2014.маркетинговая компанияyandex объявлениявзломать страницу вконтакте без программ

Halloween

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Irish carved turnip

This day is most often linked to the Celtic festival of “Samhain”, which comes from the Old Irish for “summer’s end”.  And for me it certainly was that – I grew up in New England and the night was always cold.  Challenged by coats topped with costumes and masks that made it impossible to see, we would march bravely into the night seeking candy.  We would only go home when our hands were too cold, bags too heavy or my father too bored.  My most memorable Halloween was spent in Las Vegas many years later – but that’s a story for another time.

Please follow these links for more history and to see celebrations from around the world.

http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/haunted/articles/halloween-around-the-world

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween

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Dotsub’s Own Michael Smolens Featured on Liberty Express Radio

In this show, Michael Smolens, founder and Chairman of Dotsub, is interviewed by Jim Beach, small business media advocate and host of School for Startups.  Michael’s international experience, including a presence in Haiti, Mexico, Hungary, Romania, Pakistan, Egypt, and Russia, has allowed him to gain an understanding of the various cultures and languages that exist.  Hear the compelling story that led to the founding of Dotsub.  The “Get International” segment starts at approximately the 29 minute mark.

 

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