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The men and women who love books too much

Wed, Nov 4th 2015, 02:13 Under Category ACTC Happenings by actc

If you’ve ever befriended a translator, you’ll agree that most of them are voracious readers (a.k.a bookworms). But there goes the belief that a book hoarder can always understand the sentiments and thoughts attached to a text better than others do, and as translation is more than just transporting words from one language to another, a person who reads often can better bridge cultural difference by being able to translate the deeper meaning of certain words and expressions.

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Hallo, South Asia!

Wed, Oct 28th 2015, 05:37 Under Category Useful Information for the Public by actc

Hindi is very much being understood, if not widely spoken, in South Asian region thanks to the influence of Bollywood. There are also many commonly known English words which are borrowed from Hindi, such as “guru”, “jungle”, “karma”, “yoga”, “cheetah” and “avatar”.

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Would machine translation replace human translators?

Fri, Mar 13th 2015, 18:10 Under Category Useful Information for the Public by actc

The question itself triggers quite a scary thought – it is equal to asking “can technology replace human intelligence?”

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The Millennials
Wed, Oct 29th 2014, 09:24 Under Category For Translators and Interpreters by actc

Who are the millennials? Tech-savvy, highly-educated, resourceful, outspoken, self-centered…the list goes on. Well, if you still don’t see the significance, I’m telling you – from Emma Watson and Malala Yousafzai, to Joshua Wong and many backpacking youths from across the globe, the millennials are ‘coming’ to take over the world.
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SPBA Presentation Ceremony'14 at a glance
Thu, Oct 23rd 2014, 17:03 Under Category ACTC Happenings by actc

It was a night full of memories, laughter and inspiration, as ACTC was presented the SPBA Established Brand Award 2014, at the SPBA 2014 Presentation Ceremony which took place on 22 October, 2014.
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Hardest-to-pronounce Western Names: My Top 10 List
Mon, Oct 20th 2014, 17:31 Under Category Useful Information for the Public by actc

I have heard many westerners complained about our Asian names being too challenging for them to properly pronounce. However, from my very Asian point of view, the alphabetical names of many westerners are no way easier to be spelt or pronounced correctly.
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‘Brain-washing’
Mon, Oct 20th 2014, 17:23 Under Category Useful Information for the Public by actc

On heels of the ongoing global turmoil and recent shocking events, I’ve come upon the word ‘brainwash’ quite a few times this year. Interestingly, the word ‘brainwash’ was not originally an English word. It is, in fact, a calque of Chinese words "洗脑" (direct translation: ‘wash brain’), meaning ‘thought reform’ or ‘coercive persuasion’.
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