Why localisation is so important for translators

Why localisation is so important for translators

What is localisation? Localisation exists in many different areas of life. One particularly special form of it, namely the translation of texts and websites for international (online) trade, keeps us at lingoking busy on an almost daily basis. That’s why we’d like to say a few words about it here. A term with multiple meanings Anyone talking about “localisation” (i.e. the process of locating) does not always mean the same read more…

Zipf’s Law – what on earth is that?!

Zipf’s Law – what on earth is that?!

In the 1930s, the American psychologist and linguist George Kingsley Zipf developed a model to describe word frequency and probability distribution in texts. This is regarded as the beginning of so-called quantitative linguistics – yes, mathematicians can have fun with words too. Zipf’s law derives from this model and, having not lost its relevance, still provides conversation fodder for linguists today. The so-called Zipf distribution also plays a not altogether read more…

A hunt for clues: What are planned languages?

A hunt for clues: What are planned languages?

Most of us have probably heard of Esperanto. But what actually is it? And what are Esperanto and other planned languages actually used for? A hunt for clues. Definition Planned languages are languages which have been artificially constructed. So far so good. In contrast to natural languages – German, English, Wolof or whatever – these languages are conceptualised on paper and haven’t developed naturally in the last (couple of million) read more…

Part 7 of #lingokingSummer16 – Daniel, Business Process Manager

Part 7 of #lingokingSummer16 – Daniel, Business Process Manager

With the seventh part of #lingokingSummer16 today, our summer series is coming to an end. (If you want to get to know the rest of the team, you will have to wait until next summer.) We proudly present our lingoking family member: DANIEL, Business Process Manager. Hard facts – What you should know about Daniel Very Bavarian: Daniel is active in a “Burschenverein” (a Bavarian young men’s association) Daniels roots lie in the read more…

Part 6 of #lingokingSummer16 – Friedemann, Head of Sales

Part 6 of #lingokingSummer16 – Friedemann, Head of Sales

This is round 6 of our sommer series #lingokingSummer16. (And this week seems to be summer at last!) We proudly present our lingoking family member: FRIEDEMANN, Head of Sales Hard facts – What you should know about Friedemann Commander: When the Sales team can’t decide where to go for lunch, he speaks the final command. Between business trips and leading his team he still finds the time for little chats. Everything under read more…

Part 5 of #lingokingSummer16 – Steffi, Project Manager

Part 5 of #lingokingSummer16 – Steffi, Project Manager

Part 5 of #lingokingSummer16! We proudly present our lingoking family member: STEFFI, Project Manager Hard facts – What you should know about Steffi Steffi loves the Scandinavian countries and languages. She studied Scandinavian languages and spent 9 month in Norway. She loves music! Steffi likes to spend her time on concerts and festivals and her money on vinyl. She’s a detail girl. For quality checks of translations that comes in handy!   1. What do read more…

Part 4 of #lingokingSummer16 – Martin, Sales Manager

Part 4 of #lingokingSummer16 - Martin, Sales Manager

Next round of #lingokingSummer16! We proudly present our lingoking family member: MARTIN, Sales Manager Hard facts – What you should know about Martin Martin is a professional translator and likes to discover Munich by bike. After work, he enjoys meeting up with friends. When the weather is good, you can find him by the Isar river!   1. What do you love about your work at lingoking? The friendly colleagues, the team read more…

Part 3 of the series #lingokingSummer16: – Serena, Head of Operations bei lingoking

Part 3 of the series #lingokingSummer16: – Serena, Head of Operations bei lingoking

Every week, we present one of our lingoking employees in a brief summer profile here on our blog. #lingokingSummer16 We proudly present our lingoking family member   SERENA TIRINNANZI, our Head of Operations   Hard facts – what you should know about Serena:   Multi-tasking talent Head of Operations at lingoking She is also a state-certified interpreter and has a Master of Arts in conference interpreting   Here Serena tells us about read more…