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Clients breed clients

Before you ask, no, the above headline is not to be taken literally! What we’re talking about here is a two-for-one deal, or hitting the jackpot twice without any special extra efforts. That is, unless quality and customer service count as ‘special efforts’ in your book.

Blue Lines Goes Forest. How about you?

We’d been eagerly awaiting our 15th anniversary for quite a while – celebrating with sparkling champagne, heavenly hors d’oeuvres and a whole crowd of guests. It would have been the perfect opportunity to thank our translators, clients and stellar team for their loyalty. We pictured it all so clearly: a jolly good party in our stunning, clima...

Freelance translators or a translation agency?

Are you better off working with a freelance translator or a translation agency? This question has been debated at length, often fiercely. But there’s no need for tempers to flare, because freelance translators and translation agencies aren’t actually competitors. It’s perfectly possible for them to work alongside each other and cooperate. Tha...

Machine translation: from Al-Kindi to the Cold War

Believe it or not, the theoretical foundations for machine translation (MT) were laid as early as the ninth century, by the Arab cryptographer Al-Kindi. The four pillars he based his system for translation on – frequency, probability, statistical and cryptanalysis – remain at the heart of machine translation to this day. Eight centuries later, ...