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Newsletter 21 (October 2008)

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  • Microsoft Language Portal
    Microsoft has recently developed a language portal that should be of special interest to anyone involved in software translation and localisation. The portal gives direct access, via a dedicated search module, to literally hundreds of thousands of translations used for the development of Microsoft's localized products. Translations from English into over 90 languages are available. The site also offers downloadable versions of the Microsoft style guides providing localization guidelines for over 60 languages. A forum enables users to comment on the translations of terms used in the localized versions of Microsoft products and to propose other more appropriate terminology. The site, available in about ten languages, also offers an interesting blog on terminology.

  • Babelplex
    Babelplex is a free meta-search engine that enables you to search the web in two different languages simultaneously. To perform a search, you simply type in a search term, then select the source and target languages (over 500 combinations are possible). The results are displayed in two separate columns. 2lingual's results come from Google for textual web site content and images, and YouTube for videos. Wikipedia articles and blogs relating to the search term are also listed.

Events

  • The Translator as Strategic Partner - London Conference
    On November 22nd and 23rd, the conference "The Translator as Strategic Partner" will take place in London. The event is sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Linguists, the Institute of Translation and Interpreting and Proz. We will be at this event with a stand presenting our terminology management system, Lingo 4.0, and will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding the software and our web site, lexicool.com.

Dictionaries and Glossaries

  • TourisTerm (AR-EN-ES-FR-RU)
    The terminological database of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), an ongoing project that offers terminology translations in the organization's five languages (Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish).

  • Panlatin Bioethics Glossary (CA-EN-ES-FR-GL-IT-PT-RO)
    A glossary containing approximately 300 entries created by the Panlatin Terminology Network (Realiter) in collaboration with the Canadian Translation Bureau. The terminology relates to bioethics and its subfields, including the start and end of life, health and medicine, genetic engineering, research and experimentation, ethics and law.

  • Family Planning Glossary (EN-ES and EN-FR)
    This glossary has been compiled, with the aim of standardising terminology, by various international organisations working in the field of reproductive health.

  • Media Planning Glossary (FR-EN)
    A small bilingual glossary of technical terms relating to media advertising campaigns compiled by an expert consultant working in the field.

  • Billiards and Snooker Glossary (FR-EN)
    A small but invaluable bilingual resource containing much of the technical terminology relating to billiards, snooker and pool. Definitions are provided in French.

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