Translation industry events of 2018

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Getting back into the swing of things after the holiday season is hard, isn’t it? On top of that, we’re sure you’re probably busy planning out your year. That’s why we thought we’d give you a chance to escape into the world of travels and explore which language industry events are coming up this half of 2018.

 January

 25-27th – ALC UNConference – Florida, USA

 February

 22-23rd – Elia Together – Athens, Greece

 March

 01-02nd – XTM LIVE Europe – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 08-09th – tcworld India – Bangalore, India

 12-16th – GALA 2018 – Boston, USA

 19-23rd – Game Developers Conference – San Francisco, USA

 22-23rd –TAUS Asia Conference – Beijing, China

 23-24th – The translation and localization conference Warsaw, Poland

 April

 3-5th – LocWorld36 Tokyo – Tokyo, Japan

 11th – Taus QE Summit Dublin – Dublin, Ireland

 19-20th – 13th EUATC International Conference – Madrid, Spain

 26-28th – Localization Unconference Berlin – Berlin, Germany

 May

 3-4th – Elia ND – Focus for Executives – Sicily, Italy

 18th – Retro Live: where digital marketing meets globalization Dublin, Ireland

 June

 6-7th LocWorld37 – Warsaw – Warsaw, Poland

 Which conferences will you be heading to? You’ll, of course, see us around, especially with a number of them coming to Poland this year. If you’d like to learn more about anything Poland/Polish related get in touch, and we’ll be sure to make your trip here one to remember 🙂

 

A guide to the Polish language

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An introduction to the Polish language

With roughly 21 million Poles living outside of Poland, the Polish language is not an uncommon sight around the UK. From Polish shops to road signs, we’re sure you’ve seen the Polish language in use, but what sort of a language is it?

The Polish language in a nutshell

Polish belongs to the west Slavonic group of languages and is spoken primarily in Poland, however, there are areas in the Czech Republic and other border countries that speak Polish too. It’s similar to Czech, Slovak, and Russian but there are some considerable differences.

Polish uses the latin alphabet, but has 9 additional letters (ą, ć, ę, ł, ń, ó, ś, ź, ż). There are four main dialects, but when it comes to writing etc. standard Polish is normally used.

Polish grammar

Polish grammar is something that scares the living daylights out of people, so we’re not going to go into it in too much detail 🙂 Polish is a highly inflected language, and the word order is pretty free. There are no articles and subject pronouns are normally dropped. Adjectives have 3 genders, and they have to agree with genders, numbers, and cases (there are 7!).

Borrowed words

Over the years, Polish has adopted a number of words from other languages, but have adapted them to suit Polish pronunciation and orthography. Some examples are Pomidor (tomato) which comes from the Italian word pomodoro and bagaż meaning luggage. There are also a number of words that are similar in both English and Polish e.g. piknik, papier, muzyka etc.

How to deal with the Polish language

If you’re reading this, the chances are you’re trying to get your head around Polish for one reason or another. If you’re looking to learn, you’re going to need a lot of perseverance. Polish isn’t easy but if you have Polish friends, they’ll be more than happy to help you learn and practice. Try speaking and listening as much as possible, and remember it doesn’t matter if your grammar isn’t perfect – grammar is something that even Poles have problems with.  

If you’re reading this because of business, then we’d suggest getting a professional Polish agency to help you. Beit translations or anything else business related, getting someone on board who understands the Polish language and Polish culture is going to prove really beneficial.

 

Growth industries of Poland

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The growth of industries in Poland

When Poland left its communistic era, its economy received the shock of being able to freely raise or lower its prices, as well as all of its semi-state companies overnight losing government funding. But this is the same story for many EU states after the fall of the communist block.
All post-communist countries suffered terrible slumps in Social and Economic standards. Poland’s ability to quickly adapt to the capitalist market style meant they were the first of the post-communist countries to get its GDP back to pre-1989 levels.

In this time, Poland also raised the bar on human rights, such as freedom of the speech, removed censorship from their internet, improved their civil liberties and political rights.
Since the 90’s, Poland has done a lot of growing up. They’ve joined the Visegrad group, and have been part of NATO since 99′. In 2003, the people voted in a referendum to join the EU.

What are Poland’s main industries?

Agriculture

As a producer of food, Poland is ranked 6th in the EU. It’s ranked first in its production of fruits such as cherries, apples, raspberries, and blackcurrants. Much to my Irish colleague’s disbelief, it is also first in the production of potatoes and a leading producer of cereals. Poland is expected to grow its agricultural sector over the next few years as the largest recipient of the Common Agricultural Policy. In total, Poland is set to receive a whopping 32 billion.

Automotive

Poland produced over 677,000 cars in 2016. That’s 3.2% more than in 2015.
“Car production in Poland concentrates in two industrial hubs: Upper Silesia (Fiat and Opel facilities) and the Greater Poland region (Volkswagen).” Taken from “Doing business in Poland” by Ernst and Young. In the past two years, two new facilities have been opened. On the whole, Polish vehicle output will grow by a further 6% by the end of 2018.

Other Industries that are still growing in Poland

Poland is one of Europe’s largest manufactures, with business services, ICT, infrastructure, defense and aerospace, mining, power, and utilities all growing strong.

It is expected by 2025, that Poland will be one of Europe’s main food suppliers, become a central Pharma Hub, and grow to become the third largest process manufacturer. Poland’s economy is set for a big boom over the next few years. If you’d like to make the most of it, why not get in touch with us 🙂

We’d like to thank  “Doing business in Poland” by Ernst and Young  and Poland 2025 by McKinsey and Co for their fantastic reports on the Polish economy.

 

Conference Season 2017

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Conference season 2017

At the beginning of the year it always seems like it’s ages away – but now, late-November, it seems to have snuck up on us. We’ve been to ATC conference in London, tekom in Germany, plus NTIF in Helsinki. Although the destinations are wonderful, why do we really go there?

Making connections

Let’s be completely honest – the reason why every businessman and woman goes to conferences is to meet new people, and more importantly –  meet that new, regular client. Meeting industry peers helps them put a face on your business, and you can put a face behind theirs. This helps when down the line people need a service, and then remember you and you do it. Also, if there happens to be problems when working together, being able to give each other a call and sort things out as friends can sometimes save a meltdown.

Keeping up to date with industry trends

Like all other industries, the translation industry is evolving. If you haven’t seen a CAT tool in the last 5 years, you’d be shocked at the number of new features. The same goes for MT – with the rise of Neural Machine Translation. MT is becoming so much more accepted rather than being something that translators dread. We’re all pretty busy meeting clients’ super tight deadlines. Trying to keep on top of these trends is sometimes difficult. Getting to go to conferences and hear about everything all in one place really helps to make things a lot easier. Conferences are normally a place of inspiration, and just like us, you probably always come away with ways to better your business.

Work hard play hard

Us translators are a bit hard done by. No one really cares about the work we do until it goes wrong, do they. But by going to conferences we can let our hair down with our friends, relax, and realise we’re not alone. Our industry is a close-knit community. Often we’ll come away with more than just business partners, we’ll come away with life-long friends.

 

What we got up to at tekom

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We’ve just got back from a great couple of days at tekom. For those of you who haven’t been there before, it’s one of the biggest events our industry has to offer. Thousands of people attend from all corners of the globe. And the sheer number of exhibitors goes to show just what the conference has to offer.

How was tekom different this year?

This year things were a little bit different. Tekom took place a month early (end of October rather than the end of November). We’re not sure if the change of date was to blame, but the conference really was a lot quieter than usual. However, we found that this worked to our advantage. Normally, it’s impossible to meet the right people when you stop by big companies’ booths. But this year we managed to speak to all the right people, and they seemed really happy to talk rather than being a bit worried about the number of people still waiting to speak to them.

It also gave us time to sit down and chat to all of our clients who were attending, and see how they’re happy with what we’re doing for them. Plus, there were plenty of free things to go around so our office is full of lovely new pens etc.!

And how did you find tekom? We’d love to hear your thoughts! And if we didn’t get a chance to speak feel free to send us a message.