In Germany, epiphany is celebrated on January 6th. In the Church Calendar, this is the date that the Bible’s Wise Men brought gifts to baby Jesus in his stable in Bethlehem. Today in Germany this date is a public holiday. Special church services take place and children dress up as Star Singers and visit people door to door to collect both coins and treats, while men go door to door dressed up as kings and bless houses using chalk and write the acronyms C, M and B, the names of the three kings.
Once upon a time, tourism was a once a year affair for those with the spare money and usually involved internal travel to beauty spots or cities within one’s own countries. In the last part of the nineteenth century and early part of the twentieth century, it was only the rich and intrepid who went overseas. There wasn’t a ‘tourism industry’ as such anywhere in the word that catered for large numbers of overseas tourists until well after the Second World War when growing affluence and easier travel allowed larger numbers of ordinary people to venture beyond their own boundaries.
The commonest discussion topics today revolve around artificial intelligence, machine learning and any other technology in the future that could be suitable replacements for human resources in workplaces. It appears that one key area of importance when it comes to automation is automated translation services such as machine translation which is one of the largest driving force behind new technology development.
Blockchain is purported to be a digital ledger, containing economic transactions that cannot be corrupted but can be programmed to record financial transactions. The blockchain database is not stored in one location, which means the records it stores are public, but easily verifiable. There is no central version of the information in existence, so it is not possible for a hacker to enter and corrupt. The host consists of millions of computers and its data can be accessed by anybody who is on the internet.
As with many other cultures, it is the people, the traditions and the language that makes the uniqueness of German culture. Germany has built up a reputation for being the country of thinkers and poets. In more recent decades its more than 80 million inhabitants aren’t just of German origin, but hail from many countries throughout Europe and around the world.
Most people who have never visited Germany know something about the country, even if they know nothing much about the German language. They may know that Germany is one of the most important of the European countries in terms of economics. They may know that Germany loves soccer and its national team has won international tournaments like the Soccer World Cup and the Europa Cup more times than most other countries.
Translation apps and online translation tools have been around for some time now. New additions to the technology include camera/image translation tools that are available for both Android and Apples devices. Are they reliable? Not really, if they are to be used professionally, but in most cases they are not.
If you are learning some basic German words, you may not be aware of just how much German has changed over the centuries. Even today, German speakers in different arts of Europe and different regions within Germany itself speak with a different dialect. These dialects may have a different word order and vocabulary, even though they are recognisably German.
Conferences offer a host of rewards to translators who make the effort to attend them. Advantages of attending a translation conference in 2019
There are good reasons for attending a translation conference. One of the main ones is being given the opportunity to pick up new knowledge from the conference speakers and the workshops offered throughout the event. Conferences are also great places for networking and meeting both fellow translators and contacts who could end up becoming clients. Freelance translators need something to motivate them and this is what attending a conference does.