What is PIM? A summertime drink?

Posted by Ann Wikland Aug 22, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The word PIM conjures up images of Pimm’s, the refreshing summertime alcoholic drink. It’s a pleasing sounding acronym, but I didn’t really know anything about it before I did a little research. In this post I’ll explain what exactly PIM is, and why businesses use it.

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Laying the groundwork with terminology

Posted by Ann Wikland Aug 15, 2016 11:59:57 AM

Do we really need to compile lists of our company’s terms? We just want the text translated quickly. And working with terms sounds like hard work. But the fact is that when we’ve taken the time to create a term database in the past, the results have been much better. So here is some advice about how and why to lay the groundwork for translating your company’s texts, ultimately achieving truly effective translation processes.

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Localising translations can be problematic ‒ particularly when it comes to academic grades

Posted by Lovisa Jakobsson Aug 5, 2016 8:18:51 AM


Localisation is an important part of translating texts, but it’s not always easy to understand exactly what it involves. In brief, you could say that localisation involves adapting something linguistically and culturally in line with local conditions. In this post, I would like to focus on the purely linguistic perspective, but we have previously published a number of other blog posts about localisation. To find out more, take a look at the following:

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What’s the point of translation? Isn’t that what Google Translate is for?

Posted by Malin Ljungberg Jul 25, 2016 1:00:00 PM


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Emoji etiquette

Posted by SMT Jul 18, 2016 1:00:00 PM


There’s no doubt that emojis have become a common feature of our everyday lives. Most people use them, and even if we don’t use them ourselves we come across them on a daily basis. We use them to abbreviate text – as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words – and also to improve communication by giving a better idea of what the writer is trying to say. But does that mean that we can and should always use emojis, in all types of texts and for all audiences?

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A rose by any other name… curly alpha, cinnamon bun, pretzel, alpha hose, elephant’s trunk ‘a’, elephant’s ear

Posted by SMT Jul 11, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Before the e-mail revolution, few people were familiar with the @ symbol. Today, it is rather more ubiquitous, but speakers of different languages don’t always agree on what to call it. Swedes often use the English at sign, or just at, or a charming nickname such as cinnamon bun. The Swedish-language Wikipedia article about the cinnamon bun even begins with a disambiguation link: “This article is about the pastry. For the symbol with the same name, see @.” However, the Joint Group for Swedish Computer Terminology recommends the more traditional snabel-a, which translates literally as elephant’s trunk ‘a’. The advantage of this is that it makes things clear when spelling out an e-mail address, for example.

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Tags: Cultural adaptation

Five common misconceptions about machine translation

Posted by Nils-Erik Lindström Jul 4, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Machine translation has become part of our everyday lives, thanks largely to machine translation services such as Google Translate. We now have access to a wealth of different translation engines, services and companies that offer translation support. Machine translation – or simply MT – is a fantastic tool. It allows us to understand texts in languages from every corner of the globe, and (in theory, at least) enables us to communicate with anyone at all. The technology is coming on in leaps and bounds, and the next generation will grow up in a world where the language barriers are considerably fewer and lower.

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Finding out about your employees’ language level

Posted by Ann Wikland Jun 20, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Finding out about your employees’ language skills isn’t always easy. For example, they may have good knowledge within a limited field, or an extensive vocabulary within a particular language but no grammar. I asked Semantix’s Charlott Israelsson a few questions. Team Leader Charlott has worked in the industry for many years, so she is in a good position to answer my questions.

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Top tips for virtual work teams

Posted by SMT Jun 13, 2016 1:00:00 PM

For many of us, the internet has radically changed our working conditions and opportunities. We can work remotely for longer periods, or just for a day or so when the need arises. One enormously positive effect is that we can work in virtual teams with colleagues from other offices, or even in different countries.

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Our professional Vendor Team: one of our most important assets

Posted by Elin Ward Jun 6, 2016 1:00:00 PM

One of our most important assets here at Semantix is, of course, our translators. Obviously, we also need much more than just skilled, professional translators if we are to deliver the right quality to the right customer at the right time, but without our translators we would certainly find ourselves in a difficult situation. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and so our Vendor Team needs to be a particularly strong link.

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