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Ted Travels to Shanghai, China

Ted Travels to Shanghai, China

 

Shanghai Museum of Ancient Chinese Art

The past few weeks have been amazing.  Shanghai is beautiful! Chelsea brought me to the Shanghai Museum of Ancient Chinese Art housing over 120,000 pieces. It is considered one of China’s first world-class modern museums after being rebuilt in 1996. The building was designed by local architect Xing Tonghe. The building is in the shape of a ding, an ancient bronze cooking vessel which is round on top with a square base. The ding symbolizes the ancient Chinese perception of the world as, “round sky, square earth.” 

  

People’s Park

One sunny day Chelsea brought me to People’s Park located in the Huangpu District, which was originally part of the Shanghai Race Club’s racecourse, where the people of Shanghai gathered to watch horse racing. The Race Club, built in 1850, was Shanghai’s first racecourse. The Race Club’s activities came to an end during the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Chinese Civil War.

Every weekend the “Match Making Corner” is held where anxious parents of unmarried adults attend with a paper listing basic information of their children such as age, height, income, education, and personality to find them a significant other.

 

Chinese Cuisine

Let me tell you, the food there is AMAZING! We ate dinner at a local street food venue where I had so many amazing dishes. Everything from Spinach Noodles (bō cài miàn) to Fried Mashi (chǎo má shi) and BBQ Meat (kǎo ròu). It was pure Chinese cuisine, like nothing I have ever had before.

 

If you ever have the opportunity to visit Shanghai, China, I highly recommend going. The food, local venues, and history are just a few topics that Techworld’s instructors like Chelsea can help you with. Contact Techworld today to set up your cultural or language training.

 

Next, I’m heading back to New York City in the United States to work with Rachel, one of Techworld’s great group of Project Managers. Check back in next month to see how it went!

 

How A Killer LSP Can Make Your Life Easier

How A Killer LSP Can Make Your Life Easier

LSP.  Great, you think, just what I need. Another acronym.

But wait until you hear how an LSP can make your life easier.

LSP stands for Language Services Provider.  An LSP can help you by translating your marketing or training materials, providing an interpreter when your German team comes to visit the American headquarters, teaching your employees in Italy how to greet their Chinese colleagues and get your CEO ready for his trip to Brazil by helping him learn some Portuguese. We know what you’re thinking: I already have a global team.  I have employees all over the world who speak their native language and English. I’ll just have them do it!

Here’s why you might want to leave it to the professionals.

Techworld Is Convenient

Say you need your video translated and subtitled in 26 languages.  Do you really have the time to manage that process? And how do your bilingual employees fit this into their schedule with everything else they need to do?  By the way, none of your team knows how to subtitle a video either. Techworld has a team of linguists around the world, with years of translation experience.  Our in-house production team can create subtitled videos as easily as you can open a Word doc.

Techworld Guarantees Quality

Our translation process is rigorous. First, your material is translated by an experienced, trained linguist.  Then a second linguist reviews the entire translation to ensure proper spelling and grammar, consistency with previous texts and – most important – that the message is as loud and clear in Arabic as it is in English. Techworld will even partner with your teams to ensure that specific regional preferences are taken into consideration and incorporated into your translations.

Techworld Lives and Breathes Customer Service

Like most companies, we are only as good as our customers think we are.  So we go out of the way to treat your business like our business.  Sometimes we start our day at 4:30 am.  And sometimes we end our day at 4:30 am.  We’re always available and ready to go. Nothing is as important to us as how we can make your life easier, so you can meet your own business goals.

If getting a few things off your plate sounds like something you need, please give us a call at 01.248.288.5900.   Or explore the rest of our site to see how we can help you and read more about our specific language services.

What Are Language Services?

What Are Language Services?

In today’s global environment, you need to be sure your message gets across everywhere.  It could be a training manual or a proposal that needs to be translated into seven languages. Maybe you need an interpreter for a major press conference.  Or perhaps you’re hosting your client from Germany and want to make sure you learn something about their culture – before they arrive. When all you know is you need “something” in another language, the best way to start is to find a language service provider like Techworld to help define your options.  Not everyone offers the full suite of language services that we do – and we’ve been doing it for over 30 years. To learn more about the specific services Techworld offers, read on!

  • Translation Services – From technical manuals, drawings and, business presentations, to websites, marketing brochures and training content, Techworld can translate written material into any language you need. Every piece of crucial information needs to be adapted to your specific requirements so that it becomes a powerful tool of effective information.
  • Interpretation Services – Conversations, meetings or presentations that take place in person between people who don’t speak the same language requires interpretation. Interpreters often specialize in subject matters and execute a variety of assignments from one-hour meetings to multi-day conferences. At Techworld, we’ll work with you to find the best interpreter for your specific needs.
  • Language Training Services – Language training can be helpful for both individuals and groups who have a need or an interest in learning a new language. Beginners, intermediate, and advanced learners will all benefit from taking language classes, but each group will have different needs. Learning to say even just a few things in your client’s language can really have a positive impact on your relationship. Techworld can even provide language training for children traveling with their expatriate parents.
  • Cultural Training Services – Why does it sometimes feel so difficult to connect with colleagues and clients of different backgrounds? This is where cultural training can be a huge benefit to your company, allowing you to understand where someone comes from and what impacts their decisions. You only get one chance to make a good first impression; cultural awareness training can make a big difference.
  • Voice-over Services – Voice-over services are often used by clients or companies who have translated materials that also have a spoken component. Voice-over recordings are used for commercials, training videos, online training courses, and for many other purposes.
  • Corporate Language Policy Development – The goal for a corporate language policy is improving communication and meeting corporate objectives. Companies need a plan for what languages will be used in which settings, and understand that not everything needs to be translated; it’s important to think carefully about what documents require translation and into which languages.

At Techworld, we offer all these services and more. No matter what language or cultural challenges you may be facing, we’re confident that we have the solution. Contact us today for a customized approach to language services that will meet your needs and empower your communication.

New Year’s Traditions World Wide

New Year’s Traditions World Wide

New Year’s celebrations are often the most celebratory and enthusiastic events in any given culture.  Did you know that not every nation celebrates the New Year on January 1?  Below are some interesting facts!

United States of America

According to the Gregorian Calendar, New Year’s Day is celebrated on January 1. For Americans, the most exciting part of New Years is watching the iconic ball drop in the center of Times Square in New York City. The ball begins to drop at 11:59 p.m. on December 31. When the clock strikes midnight, it symbolizes the start of a new year. Millions of people start cheering and find their loved ones to kiss.

China

The Chinese follow the Lunar Calendar and celebrate the New Year sometime between mid-January and mid-February. This celebration is known as Yuan Tan and lasts between 10-15 days. Traditionally during the celebration, there is the Lion Dance, consisting of beating drums and cymbals that are believed to drive evil away.

Iran

The people of Iran follow the Persian calendar, in which Norouz marks the first day of spring and the start of the New Year. This celebration takes place when the sun crosses the celestial equator in March. One traditional and symbolic table setting during Norouz is the Haft Sin. This includes a mirror symbolizing the sky, an apple symbolizing the Earth, candies symbolizing fire, golab (rose water), sabzeh (wheat/barely), goldfish symbolizing animals, and painted eggs symbolizing humanity and fertility.

 

These are just a few of many amazing New Year’s Traditions that are celebrated around the world!

Holiday Traditions World Wide

Holiday Traditions World Wide

Every culture celebrates traditions differently, here at Techworld we like to recognize them in the best way we can.

St. Lucia Day

On the morning of December 13 in Sweden, children will wake up their families by singing them songs and bringing them breakfast in bed, including coffee and Lucia Cats (twisted saffron buns). Many girls will dress up as Lucia Brides, wearing long white gowns with red sashes and a wreath of burning candles on their heads to honor the 3rd-Century Saint.

Christmas

Christmas is celebrated on December 25 by Christians, known as the day that Christ was born. Many celebrate this holiday by going to church, giving gifts, and sharing the day with their loved ones. In some parts of Europe, people called Star Singers will go caroling and sing special Christmas songs as they hold a pole with a huge star.

Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa, which means First Fruits, is based on ancient African harvest festivals and celebrates family life and unity. Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26 to January 1. During this celebration, millions of African Americans dress in special clothing, decorate their homes with fruits and vegetables, and light 7 candles on a candleholder known as a Kinara.

Posadas

The word posada translates to “inn” or “shelter” in Spanish. A procession takes place through the town to a home designated as the “inn.” Inside the home, the celebration can vary from a big energetic party to a small get-together among friends. To finish the night, the host feeds their guests usually tamales and a hot drink like ponche (punch) or atole (hot corn and masa based). There are piñatas and the children are given candy. This is an important part of the Mexican Christmas tradition and these celebrations recreate Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. Posadas are held each of the 9 nights leading up to Christmas, December 16 to 24.

Check back in next week to learn about New Year’s Traditions celebrated around the world!