Translator Newsletter: Language Maps, Modulation, & More!


Hello, GV'ers!

Welcome to this week's edition of the Translator Newsletter! Today we're talking about…

Language Maps

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The Washington Post put together seven great maps and charts to help us visualize the languages of the world and how diverse we really are as a people. Did you know that nearly two-thirds of the world's population speak either Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi-Urdu, English, or Bengali as their native language? Me neither! Take a look and share your thoughts. (and thanks to fellow GV'er, Romina Navarro, for initially sharing the post!)

Why Translation is Like Music

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The good people over at Smartling created this great video called “Why Translation is Like Music” debunking common misconceptions about the translation industry and showing how it in fact is growing with every passing day. Check it out here to find out how translation is like music! (and thanks to fellow GV'er, Rami Alhames, for initially sharing the post!)

For the Word Lovers

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As translators, words are our life! If you're anything like me, you're a huge linguist nerd and love learning about where words come from and how they've formed over time. Lucky for us, TED compiled a great playlist of 12 talks for word lovers like us! Explore them all here!


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Ever use a totally different phrase in your target language to convey the meaning of a phrase in your source language? That's called modulation and we've all done it. It helps create a more natural feeling in the target text while still maintaining the significance of the source text! It's a technique that many experienced translators use to create a great translation. Learn more about it here!


As always, thank you all for your hard work and dedication to GV! If you have any questions, comments, or ideas, feel free to email me at

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