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Importance of Language in Translation

Language forms an important part in whatever case it may deal with. If language is not correct then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains pending; if this remains undone, Art and morals will degrade; if justice vanishes, people will remain in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no intolerance in what is said which is what matters above everything.

How language forms the important factor in translation?

  • Language translation and interpretation has been described using various terms like internationalization, localization, globalization and translation.
  • With importing and exporting transactions taking place widely interpreters and translators are in to transferring documents, agreements , manuals and conversations from source to target language.
  • If a break down occurs at the level of communication results in commerce breaks off which leads to loss of billions of dollars and opportunities.
  • This shows how important is language in translating and the interpreters who work on these.
  • Depending on the language you are translating, the same language may be translated differently between countries because of the words which convey different meanings based on the location they are used.
  • Mistranslation of the meaning or word becomes offensive and in cases few of the literal translations are not correct always.
  • By keeping the original message and meaning from the source in the translation process becomes more of an art than science.

Translator specializations
Translation deals with the method of converting a meaning of text from one language in to another language. The following are few specializations of translators:

Technical translators: Technical translators will be specialized in technical and scientific field and deals in translating technical and scientific documents. It is required to have some knowledge with respect to the subject field.

Literary translators: Translators of this type translates literature between various languages they deal in translating journal articles, poetry, books and short stories. Along with creative writing this translation needs adequate writing of the content in particular language.

Legal translators: Translators in this specialization translate legal documents like court orders, laws and treaties. They ensure to perform the task by even translating the unclear or doubtful statements.

Localization translators: They deal with converting the entire product in to different language and culture such as internet, software or manufacturing products.

  • They should possess strong language skills, audience which obtains the product and technical terminology.
  • The primary aim of this specialization is to make the product to be appeared similar to that of the produced product by the target selling country.
  • In few situations these translators will be computer sensitive and should have specific software or scientific knowledge skills.

In present days, language translation and interpretation are being used in every sphere of daily life from school or university level to business end. The above article gives information regarding the important of language in translation and the various specializations associated with translators.
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Skills Required to Learn a Language

If you want to learn a language then you must have certain skills. Without these skills you can’t learn a language. The most important skills required to learn a language are:

To listen carefully
Listening is the first and foremost thing that you have to do while learning a language. A language learner must and should have this skill. Without this skill you can’t even learn a single word. Listening helps you in learning.

Making a note of the speech
Try to make a note when you are listening to the speech or the lesson of your lecture along with the sounds they pronounce. This will help you when you are learning a language.

Reading quiet often
Reading repeatedly will help you understand the thing carefully, improves your language accent and helps in memorizing what you have learned.

Writing until you get
Writing is the best way to memorize what you have learned. Writing will make you learn the spelling of the word and also the manuscript of the language. If you are learning a new thing it is important to do it regularly until you get it. So, practice everyday to get it correct.

Ability to pronounce
You must have the ability to pronounce the words as it is. Some of the ways to practice pronunciation are, take a sentence that contains different sounds other than the sounds that you know and practice it more times, try singing along with the music of the language that you are learning. This will help you a lot to learn the pronunciation.

Speaking accurately
Once you have done with all these things try to speak to the people who are natives of that particular language that you learn because there are chances that people may correct your words when you speak wrong. This makes your speaking accurate.

Interact with people
Talk to many people, attend seminars of the language you are learning because different people will have different opinions and they will share them through meeting and their accent also will be different. Try to grab this and utilize them when you are learning.
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How to Read and Write a Foreign Language

The first thing to do before reading and writing a foreign language is to understand the language. It is important that you attain good levels of speaking a language with a good accent. The art of writing and reading can be easily mastered if approached in a systematic way. It may not be the conventional way of learning a language, but it is a lot more faster and effective way to learn one.

  • Get an accent and learn simple grammar: You have to get an accent in that language and learn how to frame correct sentences. You can hire a tutor online or in your locality to help yourself out. This is your foundation stone for learning good writing and reading skills later.
  • Get a bestseller book and hire a good tutor: When coming to achieve writing and reading skills of a language, it goes without saying that you need to have good commands over the grammar skills of the language. So you can start with buying a good dictionary and a book that will enlighten you with the grammar of the language. These skills are something that require proper guidance from a skilled person.
  • Start simply: It’s time to start. Start with a gentle pace. It’s tough and human nature to be resistant to change and new things. Start gently with a normal pace and gain in the span of time. Start with simple things after learning alphabets. Start with simple everyday words and cognates. Learn how to write good amount of simple words. Now that you have ample number of words in your mind, try to connect them logically to frame some meaningful sentences.
  • Read literature: Now that you can write simple sentences, focus on reading the language. Subscribe to a newspaper and try to give it a good reading everyday. Keep a dictionary beside you for tough words. This way you will improve both your vocabulary and reading skills. Alternately you can go for reading blogs and other interesting material available on internet in that language.
  • Adopt intuitive learning: Instead of waiting for the things to come to your mind, go for a hunt by yourself. You already have good knowledge of grammar by now and you also have speaking skills. Taking all these things into consideration, you can logically connect the dots based on your intuition. This way you can reach the profound depths of the language by adopting some logic and intuition in your learning process.
  • Learn further grammar and go for writing: You have appreciable knowledge of grammar and know reading. You can frame good sentences also. Practice writing as much as you cam. Start from simple to complex sentences. To enhance your writing skills, keep gaining good knowledge of grammar in your process. Combining both these aspects, you will master the writing skills at good ease over a short period of time.
  • Practice, practice and practice : This is the key for learning. The more you practice, the better you will be. Do not give up your endeavors and keep striving. Success will embrace you in the end with perfection. This has been the key for all the people who has achieved greatness in their life.

A final note
Make short term smart goals. This means that the goals should be realistic and achievable. Work towards them with dedication. Achieving them will give you confidence and zeal to learn further. At any stage during your learning, do not try to overburden yourself with unrealistic goals. Always stay optimistic and never give up.
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Top Ten Benefits of Early Language Learning

At any age, learning a foreign language is tremendously appreciable experience. Especially language learning for children has the most to gain from this wonderful adventure. Simply we can say that starting to learn any language at early age offer many benefits and opportunities.

Children will assume that learning a new language is something to look into, to play around with, and to enjoy. Their enthusiasm is both infectious and effective and the most important is the alacrity with which they pick up their first language is nearly miraculous.

However there are many benefits if you learn new languages at an early stage. Following are some of the advantages of early language learning.

  • Higher test scores: Many reports have proven that the students who have studied a foreign language obtained or performed much better than their individualized peers on many standardized tests.
  • Achieve better and more advanced reading skills: A study by York University in Canada suggests that the children who learned more than one language(bilingual) gives them an advantage in learning to read the second language. They can apply one language with the other in order to wider their experience which gives them a big leg up. As they grow older, they can read two languages much better.
  • Children can get greater confidence because they always discover new things and with deeper and broader passion. And also they have a natural “window of opportunity” in which language learning is spontaneous and natural, the ease and pleasure of the experience may boost their confidence and their desire for new discoveries.
  • Gives brains a boost: Some research into the effects of bilingualism on children suggests that learning more than one language is an excellent way of flexing and building their brain.
  • Children will get natural-sounding, and native-like accent because they always mimic what they hear, and are surprisingly good at it! They are attuned well to slight differences in tone and sound.
  • Children will get greater opportunities in universities and careers because many educational and business institutions are placing students who are having knowledge in more than one language.
  • Whenever s/he travels to a different place, if s/he is familiar with the native language it gives you feel as if you’re part of the culture and the life of this new “world”.
  • You will have greater grasp of one’s first language including a richer vocabulary.
  • You will build good relationships between your friends and relatives who speaks other language by communicating in their language.
  • An all-family activity: Make sure that you learn a language in your family by talking in that language makes you a efficient learner.

Your child, your family and others will benefit in these ways from learning a second language. You will also find new and even unique uses, opportunities and ideas open up as you adapt your language learning process to your and your child’s needs and aspirations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Confidence and Practice – Tools that Make Learning a Language Easy

A language cannot be mastered in a single day. It needs constant practice to learn and great confidence to overcome failures that occur in the process of learning. Constant practice will let you build your language skills slowly and steadily. It will help you learn the basic nuances in the language perfectly. Take help of language learning exercises which are designed to help in step wise learning. There are even many language training websites which provide daily lessons and exercises that ensure better learning structure.

Making notes is also one of the good ways of learning. Apart from studying the text books, it is also recommended to regularly go through the particular language’s newspapers, literature, short stories, comics, etc. All these sources will help you in further building your language skills and get command over language. Make sure that you are covering all the aspects of language, i.e., writing, reading, listening and speaking. Only when you are perfect with all these 4 aspects, you can master the language.

In the process of learning a language, you encounter many failures, especially during the initial stages. But you need to have great confidence to overcome these failures. You should not give up your effort to learn a language due to these failures. As learning is a step wise process it will take time to become perfect. Moreover, while learning any new thing it is imperative to make mistakes. Hence, one should understand this and put more effort in learning a language.

The confidence to withstand the failures comes with regular practice. As you are correcting your mistakes, you tend to gain confidence and anything seemed or seems difficult will be made easy. Especially, while learning to speak a language many people are taken aback when people laugh at them or when they are not able to get the correct accent. But, there is nothing to fear, and it is very common for a learner to make improper speech till some time. But, as you are progressing you will gain perfection.

Hence, with right practice and confidence, learning a new language is never a nightmare, but is very easy.

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