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Year in ReviewArigato for making 2016 a positive and memorable year for International Contact!

Sales grew in 2016

Our sales team was busy winning contract awards from BART, VTA and the City of Oakland among many others. Added volumes brought price […]

International Contact returns to Berkeley after 30 years!

International Contact, Inc. Multilanguage Communications @ 2820 Adeline St International Contact, the Multilanguage Communications Agency that has called Oakland home for the past 30 of its 33 years, has relocated from its downtown Oakland office with a mix of excitement and regret.

“The company has mostly been in […]


P1060066Carla Itzkowich, President and CEO of International Contact, and her husband, Company Chief Media Officer Jon Golding, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in Havana, Cuba. With Cuba so much in the news, we decided to share comments and stories from […]

Your Language Defines Who You Are (video)

Photo of Yann MartelNovelist and ‘Life of Pi’ author Yann Martel has lived a life of travel and multilingual adventure. Nothing opens the mind like travel, he says, and nothing defines the self, or how we relate to one another, quite like language. Martel […]


YEAR OF THE RED FIRE MONKEYYes, as we’ve all been bombarded to learn, starting February 8th the events of the year will be influenced by the Monkey according to Chinese astrology.

But this Monkey is the Red Fire Monkey—the most passionate of monkeys—predicting a roller […]

Oakland Translation Company beats the odds for 33 years

International Contact, Inc.—a multi-language communications agency in Oakland, California—celebrates 33 years in business, which is a pretty unusual milestone for a small business. Although the Census Bureau does not have statistics on business failure rates, its SUSB program provides annual data for all U.S. paid employer firms, including establishment and closure. From those figures, business […]

Whistled Languages

Man whistlingHow much farther can Whistled Languages go?

Whistled language is a form of communication that uses the existing words in a language, which are approximated in a whistled form, and retains most of the original acoustic information – like pitch and sentence stress – present in […]

Happy International Translators Day!

auto-translate-survey-questionsThe European Centre for Next Generation Localisation reports that the language services market is the fourth fastest growing sector in the United States. Common Sense Advisory, a consulting firm specializing in language services, estimates translation services at nearly US$38 billion. GALA, the Globalization and Localization Association, […]


There are some foreign words that contain so many layers of meaning that they become directly untranslatable into English. Attempting to provide their full meaning underlines the vastly under-appreciated art of multilingual translation. International Contact, Inc. published 13 of 14 untranslatable words presented by UK based illustrator Marija Tiurina, on our Facebook page, and we present all […]

Ron Fredericks Joins International Contact, Inc. as CTO

Photo of Ron FredericksRon Fredericks Joins International Contact, Inc. as CTO to Further Language Service Innovation for Current and Future Customers and Vendors

International Contact, Inc., a leader in media translation and localization, today announced the appointment of Ron Fredericks to the role of chief […]