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Spanish: The Living Language - When Spanglish goes mainstream

Strictly Spanish LLC, Cincinnati, OH

Just like any other language in the world, Spanish has been dealing for years with new words created as a result of new technologies. Those eventually become mainstreamed and the Real Academia Española accepts them into its dictionary, which is the governing body of the Spanish language.

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What's a Low-Cost Translation Really Costing You?

Strictly Spanish LLC, Cincinnati, OH

As I opened a can of whipped cream, my eyes were drawn to the big, red Spanish words on one side of the top of the can, by the cap. It said: Tapadera de seguridad. I couldn’t help but chuckle and wondered what the heck did that mean. I turned the can over and I read the English original: Tamper evident cap. OK, I said, so maybe I have lost touch with the “current spoken language” and decided to check myself and do a Google search on the exact term “tapadera de seguridad.”

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The Spanish Language Spoken in the United States

Strictly Spanish LLC, Cincinnati, OH

A frequent question that we hear from potential clients requesting information about our Spanish translation services is:
“I need this material translated for Hispanics that live in the United States. What type of Spanish do you translate into?”
We are asked this question almost every day from organizations located in virtually every state of the country. It is a very valid question and this article will provide some understanding and answers. Let’s start off with some background.

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Are Half of the Hispanics in the United States Really Illiterate?

Strictly Spanish LLC, Cincinnati, OH

That is what the news media and government organizations have been telling us. They want us to believe that there is a literacy crisis in this country and that Hispanics are a big part of it. Why? I don’t know. When employers read about these figures, they get concerned and think twice before hiring Hispanics, and some of those who already have Hispanic employees think twice about having Spanish translations of their employee and training materials.

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Advice on Buying Spanish Translation Services

Strictly Spanish LLC, Cincinnati, OH

In today’s world, there are hundreds of thousands of freelance translators, translation agencies, translation companies, communications companies that offer translations, translation directories and translation software, all of which make it very difficult for the persons who need something translated to decide who and what to use, and be happy with their decision. And once they make a decision, how do they know that the translation is correct and true to the original? And how do they know that it doesn’t have any typos or grammatical mistakes?

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The Growing Hispanic Market in the United States

Strictly Spanish LLC, Cincinnati, OH

Hispanics have become the  largest minority in the United States. There are areas in this country where Spanish is the predominant language—you might not even be understood if you speak English. You encounter this in sections of Texas, California, Florida, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, and Illinois, to name a few. The Hispanic population is now over 40 million and it is increasing rapidly.

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The Official Language of the United States and its Impact on the Translation Industry

Strictly Spanish LLC, Cincinnati, OH

Why is the U.S., an English-speaking country (or so you think), catering not only to the Spanish language, but to many others that you don’t even know about? Because the U.S. as a nation has never declared an official language. Many people have tried it with no success. In 1780, John Adams proposed to the Continental Congress that English should be declared the official language of the United States. His proposal was deemed "undemocratic and a threat to individual liberty.” This type of debate has been going on for years, with people on both sides of the fence. And yet, the issue isn't any closer to a resolution than it was 200 years ago. This doesn’t mean that the individual states have not declared an official language because many already have. Twenty-seven states, to be exact, have officially declared English as their language.

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Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – Executive Order 13166
What It Is and How It Affects Us

Strictly Spanish LLC, Cincinnati, OH

For the past few years, Strictly Spanish, as many other translation companies, has been experiencing an increase in the amount of Spanish translation projects as a result of Title VI and EO 13166. We believe this is an important law that is helping many people with limited English proficiency. Although many will say that immigrants need to learn English, it is easier said than done. In places like Miami, English is a foreign language and immigrants in that city don't have many opportunities to learn and practice English, so Title VI makes sure that those tax-paying people have access to the services they are entitled.

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Translating for the Educational Market in the U.S.

Strictly Spanish LLC, Cincinnati, OH

In this era of off-shoring translations, it is more critical than ever that the translator and editor take into consideration their target market. That can make a critical difference when translating for the U.S. educational market.

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Spanish Translations – What to Do When a Word Doesn't Exist

Strictly Spanish LLC, Cincinnati, OH

There are a lot of opinions when it comes to English words that cannot be translated by using an "accepted-by-Real-Academia-Española (RAE)” word, and yet we as translators have to come up with a solution and most definitely a word, whether it is in the RAE dictionary or not. The English language is always changing and new words are being coined all the time. How does Spanish, or any other language, keep up with those changes? By doing the same the English does—coining new words.

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