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Lost in translation: 7 ridiculous film title translations

Hollywood films enjoy a very high level of popularity in German-speaking countries. However, in Germany, unlike in Scandinavian countries for example, the films are not released in the cinemas in their original language – they are dubbed. This means that more often than not, the original titles are changed and the translated titles differ a great deal from the original. In many cases, the English title is actually replaced with read more…

Training as a language service provider: How do I become a translator or interpreter?

As the language services agency with the largest Germany-wide database of certified interpreters and translators, we at lingoking are often asked how you actually enter these professions. Because I am a trained translator myself, I can really understand this interest, and therefore want to give a small overview of the different routes into the interpreting and translating professions. Many roads lead to Rome This saying fits the language services sector read more…

Easter traditions worldwide

Did you know that in Australia it is not the rabbit that brings the Easter eggs, but the Bilby, because rabbits are considered pests? Or that in Bulgaria people throw raw eggs at each other and it’s a positive sign if your egg doesn’t break? We have compiled some other curious and exciting Easter traditions for you from all over the world.

Black snow and purple eyes – multi-coloured idioms from different cultures

What would life be without colour? Colours play an important role in society and culture. They are also associated, whether knowingly or unknowingly, with a diverse range of meanings, which vary greatly according to each cultural sphere. The perception of colours in different cultures is especially evident in the use of proverbs and idioms. Did you know, for example, that in Spain a physical altercation results in a purple eye read more…

Oh mango tree, oh mango tree – Christmas celebrations in other cultures

Christmas has many traditions: families celebrate together quietly, the Christmas tree is beautifully decorated, Christmas treats abound, and, of course, either Baby Jesus or Father Christmas brings us a huge pile of presents! But how is the birth of Christ celebrated by other cultures? In India, the lack of conifers leads to mango trees being decorated! We’ve put together a few more special Christmas traditions from other countries here:

Two beers or eight? – Different countries, different gestures

Who hasn’t been through it before: If you’re abroad and Latin is getting you nowhere, body language is the last resort. But be careful! If you don’t know what some gestures mean beforehand and use your hands and feet to make yourself understood in other cultures, you may have to use them to defend yourself instead! This is why we have put together a list of gestures whose meaning can read more…

Bonzur, ki maniere? – The Creole Languages

They are called Gullah, Kreol morisien, Ngola, Chabacano, Nubi, Negerhollands or Unserdeutsch and are as varied as the languages out of which they emerged. We’re talking about Creole languages! Who speaks them? Where are they spoken? How did they develop? Come with us this week on an expedition into the world of these exciting languages!

The Last of their Kind – Languages Facing Extinction

“Haatelk Wäilkuumen!” –You have just been greeted in Saterland Frisian, a dialect spoken in a relatively small area in North-East Germany. According to differing estimates, Saterland Frisian is still used by just 1500 to 2500 speakers in the municipality of Saterland, in the district of Cloppenburg, North Germany. Saterland Frisian is only one of approximately 3000 languages that are, to a greater or lesser degree, endangered. Get to know a read more…

The joy he gets from interpreting sets him apart – an interview with Gabriel Aquilino

The lingoking team has chosen Mr Gabriel Aquilino as service provider of the month for October. We really appreciate his hard work. He is a highly qualified interpreter who can keep his cool in even the trickiest of situations and works very professionally. Many congratulations on your nomination as service provider of the month!

5 Interesting Facts about Thanksgiving

Did you know that at the very first Thanksgiving meal not a single turkey was eaten? Impress your dinner guests with a few interesting anecdotes about this American holiday!