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The Growing Climate of Certification

In recent years, more suppliers are requesting and inquiring about certification when sending work or soliciting translation services for tender...

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CTTIC Members

The Canadian Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters Council does not award individual memberships, but admits provincial and territorial associations...

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The Future of Languages: The Next Century and Beyond

In January 2015, the Wall Street Journal published an essay by John McWhorter titled What the World Will Speak in 2115...

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The Ottawa Valley Brogue

In the early 19th century Europeans began to move into the Upper Ottawa Valley, drawn by the abundant timber and bustling fur trade...

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The Challenges of English Translation

The complex nature of the English language presents many challenges to translators...

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When Words Die

The lexicon of a language is like a living organism, constantly growing while simultaneously disposing of that which no longer performs its function...

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Lost in Translation

There is a popular story among translators that during the height of the Cold War, the Pentagon attempted to use computers to translate the reams of Russian intelligence being gathered...

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The Limits of Machine Translation

The following examples translate the famous chorus of Bob Dylan's song "Like a Rolling Stone" into a language and then back again...

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The Many Names of Santa

As with most customs and traditions, Santa Claus evolved over time...

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The Tools of Political Rhetoric

"Persuasion may come through the hearers, when the speech stirs their emotions." Aristotle – Rhetoric

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Doublespeak

Doublespeak is defined as evasive, ambiguous language that is intended to deceive or confuse...

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Examples of Doublespeak

Some common terms and phrases with approximate definitions

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Esperanto: The Global Language?

Zamenhof was inspired to create a universal language as a politically neutral language that would transcend nationality and foster peace and international understanding between people with different languages...

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Did You Know? Episode 8

Interesting Language facts. The eighth in a series.

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Canadianisms

Some words spoken by Canadians are met with a blank stare by our American neighbours as well as other English speaking people...

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Canadian Expressions

A brief listing of some expressions that are uniquely Canadian.

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Aboriginal Languages in Canada

Language diversity is not a new phenomenon to this land we call Canada. Canada's original languages — our aboriginal languages — are incredibly diverse...

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Did You Know?

Interesting Language facts. The seventh in a series.

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Canada's Language Diversity

Canada has historically prided itself on its tradition of multiculturalism—a 'cultural mosaic' as opposed to the American notion of a 'melting pot'...

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Did You Know?

Interesting Language facts. The sixth in a series.

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It's MKTG's 23rd Anniversary

On March 18, 1992 Masha Krupp began a new journey. On that day The Masha Krupp Translation Group (MKTG) was incorporated. Working from the basement...

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Did You Know?

Interesting Language facts. The fifth in a series.

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What is Canadian English Exactly?

Canadian English undoubtedly finds its roots in the plethora of English dialects of the settlers from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England...

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Did You Know?

Interesting Language facts. The fourth in a series.

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Where Do You Spend Your Summer Weekends?

When the buds on the maples first appear and the ice on the lake 'turns black'...

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Did You Know?

Interesting Language facts. The third in a series.

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What Makes 'Eh' Canadian

The interjection 'eh' is recognized—albeit often satirically—as a distinct part of the Canadian dialect...

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Did You Know?

Interesting Language facts. The second in a series.

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400 Years in Ontario

In 1615, a 24 year old man from outside of Paris, France...

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Did You Know?

Interesting Language facts. The first in a series.

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Welcome to MKTG FORUM

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the MKTG FORUM, which is an addition to our web presence for 2015...

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