Category: Language

Yamagata Europe makes QA Distiller free for all to help fight COVID-19

From April 2020 onwards, Yamagata Europe will offer its QA Distiller software for translators and technical documentation professionals free of charge. Instead of paying for the software, companies who download QA Distiller will be invited to donate to Translators without Borders.

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Yamagata Europe proud to sponsor Japan-Square 2020

From 18 to 22 March 2020, the Japan-Square film festival will present a range of highlights from Japanese cinema at the Studio Skoop cinema in Ghent. As always, Yamagata Europe is a proud sponsor of the festival and will be glad to welcome its customers for the opening movie.

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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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Working and communicating with Japanese colleagues

There is a game we like to play with my son. We choose two random, unrelated items (like a ball and a chair) and together, we try to find some connection between them – something that they may have in common. We make up funny stories about those objects, where we put them in most adventurous and unexpected situations and somehow, our stories end up with these seemingly unrelated items being closer than one would initially think.

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Tackling the challenges of Asian machine translation

Asian MT

In today’s globalized economy, more and more Asian companies are spreading their wings across the globe. At rapid pace, these companies are moving away from centralized Asia-based engineering sites towards a distributed model with regional branches. And although geographical boundaries seem to be fading away, there is still one important barrier that needs to be overcome: language. In order to improve corporate communication between different geographical business units, many of Yamagata’s customers are now turning to machine translation. 

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Big in japan: 7 ways to cross the Japanese cultural and language barriers (part 2)

Big In Japan Part 2

Be it for business or pleasure, learning Japanese is an adventure. In our second installment of this short series, we talk about four more hurdles you will need to take if you want to speak, write or translate Japanese. 

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On robots, bicycles and baseball

Kohei Yamagata

An interview with Kohei Yamagata, Key Account Manager at Yamagata Europe 


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Big in Japan: 7 ways to cross the Japanese cultural and language barriers (part 1)

Big In Japan: Part 1

Are you dealing with Japanese customers, suppliers or colleagues? Then be sure to take into account a number of social and communication rules, if you want your relationship to be successful. Also, if you need to handle translation from or into Japanese, then there are a few important things you should be aware of.

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Machine translation for Asian companies


With business becoming more and more globalized many Asian companies have moved away from centralized engineering sites based in Asia towards split engineering sites across the globe. In order to improve communication between these units several of Yamagata's customers have welcomed the implementation of machine translation.

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Differences between European and Brazilian Portuguese

I’ve always been fascinated by Romance languages, in particular Spanish and Portuguese from Ibero-America. One of the things that intrigue me most about them is how they differ among the geographical areas where they are spoken. 

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The difference between traditional and simplified Chinese

Translating into Chinese makes a lot of sense as China is one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Chinese has many dialects – like Mandarin or Wu – and also two standard character sets: traditional and simplified Chinese.

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Bilinguals – the new kids in town


There is an old legend that tells us why the world became multilingual. At first, there was just one language on Earth, but people became too ambitious and started building the Tower of Babel to reach for the skies.

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Language forming reality

Did you ever wonder, why the human race has developed a language, and how? And why there are no animal species in any stage of developing a language (as we understand) right now?

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A new language for translation agencies?

Some people believe the European Union should, for simplicity’s and efficiency’s sake, adopt one single working language: English.

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