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Happy Colleagues make Happy Clients

Translation is people business.

At Yamagata Europe, we do not only spend a lot of time with our customers, but also with our colleagues. Today, the Yamagata Europe team in Ghent (Belgium) has 40+ people; our Bratislava (Slovakia) team has 10 people.

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Why we love online meetings

Online meetings are common practice at Yamagata Europe. Talking online with international customers, partners and coworkers is fast, cost-efficient and easy as pie!

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GitHub: the ideal version control and collaboration platform

When it comes to content authoring, DITA is Yamagata Europe’s weapon of choice. However, when you need to collaborate across multiple teams, and when you want to efficiently manage multiple document versions, you will need extra horsepower. At Yamagata Europe, we rely on GitHub, a web-based version control system that is becoming increasingly popular among technical writing teams.

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Yamagata Europe uses Business Intelligence Dashboards to improve customer experience

A company’s success today hinges on how effectively it can measure performance and collect data. On the other hand, what good does data do when you cannot make sense of it? That’s why at Yamagata Europe, we are making use of business analytics to gain valuable insights into our data and to engage customers, empower employees and optimize operations.

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7 Google Translate alternatives

Nothing beats a flesh-and-blood translator, but unfortunately, people are not so easy to carry around in your pocket. So, when a quick translation is due, your smartphone will offer relief. Whether you are traveling in Iceland, chatting with your Chinese girlfriend, or trying to order a Tikka Massala in Mumbai, these seven translation apps and websites will help you out.

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Step away from the PDF (why translators don’t use the world’s most popular file format)

Everybody uses it, any computer or operating system can handle it, and it’s easy to send around by email without stuffing your recipient’s inbox. We are talking about PDF, a file format that is so popular that it is very hard to avoid in today’s digital business world. So then why are translators not a big fan of the PDF format?

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Neural Machine Translation: what's under the hood (final)

Neural Machine Translation is gradually bridging the gap between human and machine translation. Despite the excitement around NMT, the technology isn’t perfect yet. The academic world and the large tech companies are in a race to improve the accuracy and output quality of NMT.

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Join us at the Tekom Belgium event in Ghent

tekom

On Tuesday September 11, our next Tekom Belgium event will take place in Ghent. We will have speakers of UGent,  KUL, Agfa Healthcare and Savaco.

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Neural Machine Translation: what’s under the hood? (part 2)

Computers need numbers to make calculations. This means neural machine translation (NMT) needs numbers instead of words. But how do you turn words into numbers?

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Neural Machine Translation: what’s under the hood? (part 1)

Neural Machine Translation

There’s a lot of talk about Neural Machine Translation (NMT) these days. But few people actually have an idea of how this technology works. No wonder, because there is a lot of mystery around NMT, and explaining it requires some abstract thinking.

In our next three blog posts, we’ll have a closer look under the hood of NMT.

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Interview with Flemish Murakami translator Luk Van Haute

Luk Van Haute

“Put Murakami in your title and attention is guaranteed.” That is something we don’t need to be told twice. We had a talk with the Flemish translator of Japan's most promoted novelist and asked him about the peculiarities of Japanese, the art of literary translation and Murakami's inimitable style.

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Is neural machine translation always the best option?

Is neural machine translation always the best option?

Yamagata Europe has been using machine translation technology since 2009. In this post, we want to give you a short overview of the most frequently used machine translation technologies today: Rule-Based Machine Translation (RBMT), Statistical Machine Translation (SMT) and Neural Machine Translation (NMT).

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How to create better subtitles

Better subtitles

Video is taking an increasingly bigger piece of the pie of content production. Compared to text-based content, video often has much more expressive power to convey your company’s marketing or technical message. When your company is operating in an international context, video localization is the next hurdle to take. 

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5 tips to write translation-friendly technical documentation

Translation-friendly technical documentation

In the content creation process, translation is usually at the bottom of the priority list. This is unfortunate, because it pays off when you already start thinking about translations before you create your source document. 

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