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Inclusive Language Speaks to Everyone

By ATA Compass | July 3, 2024

By Meghan McCallum When it comes to your marketing strategy, it鈥檚 important that your content speaks to as many people as possible. A powerful way to achieve this is to…

Demystifying the Difference Between Simplified Chinese vs. Traditional Chinese听

By ATA Compass | June 27, 2024

By: Fang Sheng Simplified Chinese vs. Traditional Chinese, Mandarin vs. Cantonese鈴here are plenty of myths and misconceptions when it comes to the Chinese language. Many such misconceptions even persist in…

How to build digital accessibility into your products and services

By ATA Compass | May 9, 2024

Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day by eliminating linguistic barriers! By Gosia Wheeler May 16, 2024, marks the 13th Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). Around the world, legal, medical, and scientific…

Shohei Ohtani鈥檚 Japanese interpreter under the microscope

By ATA Compass | April 19, 2024

Interpreting, ethics, and the importance of professionalism in language access By: Ben Karl, James Kirchner, Christina Guerrero-Harmon, and Jamie Hartz Given that language professionals often work behind the scenes, it鈥檚…

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Using AI for Translation: (When) is it Safe?

By ATA Compass | April 17, 2024

By Corinne McKay If you鈥檙e a translation buyer, you鈥檝e probably heard a lot of buzz lately about the artificial intelligence/machine translation (AI/MT) boom. No question about it, automated translation has…

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Which Spanish variant should you choose for your translation?

By ATA Compass | March 27, 2024

Image generated with Adobe Firefly By Molly Yurick | Compass author The Spanish language is as beautiful as it is diverse. It鈥檚 a global language with an estimated 500 million…

Transform Your Site: English-Spanish Website Translation听

By ATA Compass | February 28, 2024

By Carolin Menendez | Compass author With over 559 million Spanish speakers globally, the Spanish language offers a sizeable and fast-growing customer base for businesses looking to expand their market…

Video Translation and Subtitling: The Ins and Outs of 鈥淪ubs and Dubs鈥

By ATA Compass | January 31, 2024

By Olivia Caputo | Compass author Thanks to the success of international blockbusters like Parasite and Squid Game (both originally in Korean), video translation and subtitling have now become hot…

The Spanish to English Translation Process: A Translator鈥檚 View

By ATA Compass | December 1, 2023

As an ATA certified Spanish-to-English translator specializing in medical and marketing translation as well as official documents, my job is not just to change words from one language to another;…

6 Reasons NOT to Use Your Bilingual Staff as Translators or Interpreters

By ATA Compass | November 1, 2023

Your bilingual staff members carry a lot of weight on their shoulders. The pros of hiring multilingual employees are obvious: they make it easier to communicate with clients or patients.…

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Brain works

By ATA Compass | October 11, 2023

This article originally appeared on the Bulletin of the UK-based Institute of Translation and Interpreting. It is republished with permission. All translators and interpreters are bilingual or multilingual. But not…

What is Machine Translation?

By ATA Compass | September 26, 2023

Technology is moving at a faster pace today than ever before, and many people are left feeling confused. How will new technologies affect creative fields like translation? The American Translators…

Subtitle Translation and Captioning: the Key Ingredients to Successful Social Media Video Marketing

By ATA Compass | August 30, 2023

Learn how you can leverage subtitle translation and captioning to expand reach, boost engagement, ensure accessibility, and more 鈥 from a professional subtitler and captioner.听 You鈥檝e created the perfect video…

How to Hire a Translator: A Quick and Easy Guide

By ATA Compass | August 9, 2023

This article was originally published on It is reposted with permission. Perhaps you have never purchased translation services before and suddenly find yourself needing to hire a translator or…

Consecutive vs. Simultaneous Interpreting: What鈥檚 the Difference?

By ATA Compass | July 19, 2023

Linguists rejoiced at the trailer for The Covenant when it stated what many of us have been grumbling about under our breath for decades. If you鈥檙e curious about why the…

How to Translate Your Website: 3 Key Considerations

By ATA Compass | June 28, 2023

You鈥檝e launched a website for your business or organization. Congratulations! Now, what next? If you want to reach an even wider audience for your website, consider translating it into a…

Your Four-Step Guide to Meeting the USCIS Certified Translation Requirements

By ATA Compass | June 7, 2023

The immigration process can be stressful and getting your documents translated into English should not add to that stress. This quick and easy guide will help. It explains the USCIS…

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How Much Does a Translation Cost?

By ATA Compass | May 17, 2023

If you鈥檙e looking for translation services, you鈥檙e likely wondering how much translations cost. Whether you need a birth certificate or diploma translation, a translation of documents about your family history,…

How to Recognize and Implement Quality Interpreting

How to Recognize and Implement Quality Interpreting (Hint: It Doesn鈥檛 Involve Your Bilingual Staff)

By ATA Compass | April 26, 2023

With a set of quality standards in place, it is possible to make healthcare accessible to limited English proficiency individuals without delaying patient care or interrupting your workflow. As many…

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Machine Translation vs. Human Translation: Will Artificial Intelligence Replace the World鈥檚 Second Oldest Profession?

By ATA Compass | April 5, 2023

Translators pride themselves on being excellent communicators, and so they should. After all, it’s their job! But sometimes, even the best communicators can talk until they’re blue in the face…

Breaking Intercultural Communication Barriers in Business

Breaking Intercultural Communication Barriers in Business

By ATA Compass | March 15, 2023

Have you ever sensed that you offended someone in a work setting without understanding why? Or have you ever worked with someone from another culture and found their behavior confusing,…

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