When Cold-calling and Mass Emails turn you off

As the CEO of our company I get my share of emails and calls from people who want to sell me something. I'm fine with that. Most of the time. Because I can ignore it - my junk mail filter has become pretty efficient, and I can have my phone block unwanted callers.

But, that hasn't stopped many from trying - it's their job, and they are judged (and paid) by their success.

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BeatBabel at "the GALA of BIG ideas"

The enthusiasm and commitment we all share towards our profession comes from the fact that the root of our industry, language, is a distinctly human faculty. Any discussion we have about language, whether it is centered on technology, globalization, cultural competencies, etc., is in essence a discussion on human nature and the human mind.

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It's all Greek to Me

We have all seen those "Lorem ipsum..." placeholder text passages. We may have also heard the term "Greeking" as a description of text that is not really meaningful text... But what does a Latin text have to do with the Greek language? Or does it?

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A Winning LSP in New York...

Once a year, Industry professionals get together for the Globalization and Localization Association Conference (GALA), one of the largest conferences in the industry with over 400 attendees. This year, the conference took place in New York. On the second evening, as the conference reached its peak, GALA hosted its much anticipated Film Fest in the Academy Awards tradition. This event has become a fun conference ritual and is attended by many translation and localization enthusiasts. And we are proud to announce that our team won an award...

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BeatBabel Studios present...

The Globalization and Localization Association conference in New York is only a few days away and in anticipation of this year's new Film Fest contest, BeatBabel is reminiscing on last year's video, The Interview. While you wait for our new video entry, we revisited our 2015 video, adding a few bloopers for your enjoyment. Stay tuned for our 2016 video!

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Localization Unconference 2016 - Toronto

This year was the third annual unconference in Toronto, organized by Oleksandr Pysaryuk (Achievers), Jenny Reid (Blackberry) and Richard Sikes (LocFlow Tech). The localization unconference was originally created by Scott Schwalbach (the man with the pink shirt, just ask him why…) and Teresa Marshall. The concept is simple and as the name indicates, a modern alternative to the traditional and formal conference format. One day, many topics, conversations and discussion around themes that are selected by vote. Always surprising and sometimes heated debates…

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A Team of Rivals...

I love February, the underdog of months... The shortest month of all, not quite spring, yet no longer the dead of winter, it is forever underrated. February is after all the month of celebration. As some of our colleagues are cheering to the year of the Fire Monkey with lion dances and firecrackers, others are dancing samba in the streets of Brazil, while the Dutch and Germans leave their inhibitions at home as they take over the streets, the French are eating crêpes and the Italians hide their troubles behind intriguing old masks.
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Tea in the Sahara, and elsewhere. Or why I hate German "Frühstücksbretter"...

I have enjoyed several types of breakfast while travelling around the world over the years and learnt to adapt to the foods I was offered – for the most part :-). Tea always seems to be the common denominator of my travels - outside of Southern Europe! I tried about every type of tea for breakfast while travelling in Asia, where coffee is just simply not an option...

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