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Lize Spies aka Lady Vernacular joins Folio

Nowadays, young adults are pressured to know exactly what they want to do with the rest of their lives. But the reality is they rarely do. I’m the exception.

Meet our new intern: Anneke Luijk

Like lots of teenagers, my future seemed unclear when I was in high school. Yet, since grade three I have developed a passion for writing. It all started with my grade three teacher complementing me on my creative writing.

INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY 2019

To celebrate International Mother Language Day we asked thirty of our trusted translators two related questions:

  • Do you speak your mother language at home and;
  • Should mother languages be promoted at school, university and in business?

BAG JETS OFF TO JO'BURG!

Despite being a globetrotter of note*, Bag was slightly nervous about the prospect of flying to the SATI Triennial Conference after reading a story in the news about bees nesting in a Mango plane’s engine, but a cursory glance before entering the plane allayed his fears.

FRONTIER INTERPRETERS: KROTOA, MALINTZIN, AND POCAHONTAS


In this blog I compare biographical details of three famous female interpreters of the colonial era. Even though these women found themselves in different corners of the world their lives share striking similarities. In all three cases they were confronted with European colonial powers and had to walk a tight line between two radically different cultures. A common pattern emerges as their personal lives are plotted against the backdrop of colonial conquest.

ARMS, ALGORITHMS, AND QUALIFYING CLAUSES

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

To say this sentence has found itself under the same powerful microscope as some foundational sentences in the Bible ─ “Thou shalt not kill” being the first that springs to mind ─ would not be an example of hyperbole.

Sign Language: The Silent System

I recently had the opportunity to meet Nombulelo Cekwana, Folio’s experienced South African Sign Language interpreter who shared details of her fascinating job.

Of bots, bräuhauses and AI: GALA conference 2019

GALA conferences are intense. And the GALA Conference in Munich held from 24 to 27 March 2019 was no different.

TWO ROSETTAS, ONE MISSION

On 12 November 2014 a space module bounced gently in the vastness of space before settling down on a comet millions of kilometres from Earth. Philae had hitched a ride on the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe to analyse and photograph 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LANGUAGE JESUS SPOKE?

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

FROM HEIDELBERG TO TAFELBERG: MEET FIONA STROHM

Finding the right career path may seem scary to a teenager, but everyone has to go through it, and a few years later I’m now finally able to say that I know exactly what I want to do with my life.Sometimes it’s good to take some time off and travel, just to become aware of who you are as a person and what your goals are in life. After graduating high school in Germany in 2016, I was sure that I wanted to study economics.

Die SAVI-tydskrif, Muratho, se onderhoud met die Folio-groep

Folio featured in the latest version of Muratho, Journal of the South African Translators’ Institute.
Volume 17, Number 2, October 2017.

Laetitia Sullivan interviewed Director, Johan Botha (Folio Online), and Senior Manager, Simon Hill (Folio Translation Consultants), after Folio was recently recognized by Common Sense Advisory as the second largest language service provider in Africa for 2016/17.

Meet Miriam Reuther from Germany

Seeing as much of the world as possible has always been my wish. After graduating high school early, I had plenty of time before university.

Meet Raquel Sánchez Herrero, she speaks whale!

Long ago I was already convinced that the world was so much more than those streets around my home and my high school in Fuenlabrada, and that was what I wanted to explore. In the complete confusion of choosing a future career, I let myself be guided by my passion for languages.

PARAPROSDOKIANS AND OTHER TROGLODYTES

Linguists come up with some very strange terminology in their quest to classify all the different permutations of language. In this blog I give a brief overview of some of these terms. You may find it interesting if these phenomena crop up in everyday language and you may even impress your colleagues with your newly acquired knowledge!

FOLIO ONLINE RANKED AS ONE OF THE TOP THREE LANGUAGE SERVICES PROVIDERS IN AFRICA

Market research firm Common Sense Advisory recognises Folio Online as a leader in the $46.52 billion global translation, localisation, and interpreting services industry.

(Cape Town) – Folio Online (Folio) announced today its official ranking as one of the largest language service providers (LSPs) in the global translation and interpreting industry.

JEROME: THE PATRON SAINT OF TRANSLATORS


St. Jerome is known as many things – scholar, historian, translator, and polemicist. In this blog I give an overview of his life and explain why he came to be known as the Patron Saint of Translators. Born in 347 in Stridon, a province of ancient Rome now situated on the Balkan Peninsula, his scholarly journeys would take him to Rome, Constantinople, Antioch, and finally Bethlehem, where he died on 30 September 420.

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