Translation Time Machine


The Translation Time Machine

By Carla Itzkowich, President

In 1982 I was a senior at UC Berkeley with a US Green Card. Mexico had just nationalized the banks and I was worried that the monthly stipend my dad had been sending would stop. So, armed with the type of confidence that only […]

Translation Time Machine2018-10-25T11:53:30+00:00

Happy International Translators Day!

 

Global translatorsSeptember 30th is International Translation Day around the world and this year we’re highlighting translation as a great career choice. Here’s why you should join the ranks of International Translators:

The market for translation is growing at 8% on a worldwide scale. Bilingual speakers working for U.S. […]

Happy International Translators Day!2018-09-28T17:57:40+00:00

Speaking “Semiconductor” can be a real asset

Website translation Website translation is easier than ever

Understanding and having a good command of semiconductor technology can open a new and exciting career path for you in writing and translation.

The semiconductor industry should remain robust for years to come. According to World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS), […]

Speaking “Semiconductor” can be a real asset2018-10-05T16:14:04+00:00

CA Supreme Court creates havoc for language businesses

language interpreter backIn May, 2018, the California Supreme Court ruled in the Dynamex decision that only workers who meet all three specified criteria can be classified as independent contractors. All other workers must be classified as employees, fundamentally changing the business model of translation […]

CA Supreme Court creates havoc for language businesses 2018-09-28T17:57:41+00:00

Should your Spanish communications use “tú” or “usted”?

¡Eres tú!Remember addressing others as thee and thou? Of course you don’t because its usage disappeared before anyone living today was born. But in other languages this change from the formal to the informal mode of address is happening right now!

Consider Spanish in Mexico (other Latin American […]

Should your Spanish communications use “tú” or “usted”?2018-09-28T17:57:41+00:00

Please don’t let the question mark die!

Punctuation MarksGeoffrey Nunberg, a linguist who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, noted that the 140-character limit imposed by Twitter and the reading of messages on a cellphone or hand-held device has repurposed the punctuation mark.

One of […]

Please don’t let the question mark die!2018-09-28T17:57:41+00:00

Report: International Outlook heralds increased profits for you!

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 […]

Report: International Outlook heralds increased profits for you!2018-09-28T17:57:41+00:00

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 […]

International Contact returns to Berkeley after 30 years!2018-09-28T17:57:41+00:00

5 DAYS IN CUBA

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 […]

5 DAYS IN CUBA2018-09-28T17:57:41+00:00

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 […]

Your Language Defines Who You Are (video)2018-09-28T17:57:41+00:00