Languages and Translation Policies in the EU

The European Union (EU) has been in the news a lot over the last several weeks since the United Kingdom’s landmark vote to exit the EU, colloquially known as the “Brexit.” But for us Americans — and for those of us in the world of language and translation — we might not know exactly what the EU is and how it operates.

The Languages to Learn in San Diego...Other Than Spanish

Situated only about 15 miles from the Mexican Border, San Diego is truly a multicultural city. Countless languages are spoken here, some more so than others. And although English is the most widely spoken language, about 25% of the population are native or fluent Spanish speakers. So, it’s clear that picking up Spanish is vital for any polyglot who is going to live in this beautiful seaside city, but what other languages are spoken here?

What Are the Most Useful Languages for Legal Interpretation and Translation?

Legal translation and/or interpretation is a rapidly expanding field. If you are interested in a career — and maximizing your earning potential — in this field, you might be wondering which of the roughly 6,500 spoken languages it would be best to focus on.

Why You Should Buy Translation Like a Hotel Room [Video]

When the Ford Motor Company unveiled the Model T car over 100 years ago, Henry Ford famously decreed, “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.”

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The Different Languages Spoken in the UK

The United Kingdom has been in the news quite a bit over the last few weeks, what with the Brexit vote that could mean it will leave the European Union. All eyes have been on the UK, with communication being at the center of their...

The Top 5 Tips for Meeting Planners to Choose the Right Event Interpreter

What do meeting planners, audio visual companies, and businesses all have in common? In our business of providing document translation and interpreting services all across the country, we have noticed a trend — meeting planners are...

Mandatory Language Requirements for Medical Devices in the EU

You may have a top-notch product and an excellent distributor, but if you don’t know into which languages you must translate your medical device to capture the proper audiences, your product will never reach its full potential.


Jenny’s Corner: What is the "Singlish" Dialect?

A few years ago, my best friend moved to Singapore for grad school. I decided to travel out there with her to help her get settled in this city on the other side of the world — and to explore a region of the world that I hadn’t yet had...

The Most Multilingual Countries in the World

There is basically no country in the world wherein only a single language is spoken. And as we become more and more globally connected, the number of polyglots per capita will only continue to grow. Here’s a look at the most...

The Best Languages to Learn for Doing Business in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is a region that is rich in cultural heritage, and it is also a region full of languages. But if you are interested in doing business in the region, it may be overwhelming to attempt to determine which languages you...

From Burritos to Quesalupas: A History of Mexican Food in the U.S.

Taco Tuesdays are a much-beloved tradition across the continental United States, but the fact remains that Mexican food as we know and love it today has only been around for about the last hundred years.

The Most Popular Languages by Region in the United States

The United States does not have an official national language, though American English is its primary language. English is used for legislation, executive orders, treaties, federal court rulings, and other official pronouncements. It is...

Which Should You Learn: Mandarin or Cantonese?

China is the most populous country in the world, with a culture that stretches back nearly four thousand years.

In recent history, China reformed its economy to make it one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. China has also...

Spanish in Latin America, Caribbean, and Spain: What's the Difference?

Spanish is spoken by countless people across the globe, on a number of different islands and continents. But how different is the Spanish spoken from region to region?

What Are the Most Useful Languages for Vacation Travel?

There is no doubt about it: if you want to travel the world and be understood in as may places as possible, the best language you could possibly learn is English.

How to Find Translation Work in the Travel Industry

Translation is a demanding job across a broad spectrum of industries. In order to make a consistent living, professional translators often need to be specialists in a variety of industries. But nowadays, with the travel industry...

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Meet the Authors

Brian Gruters

In addition to writing blogs for us, Brian Gruters manages translation projects for corporate clients. He started with Language Translation in 2015.

Brian brings several years of experience as a Spanish to English translator to his work. He has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Arizona and a master’s in Environment and Resource Studies from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

As a writer, Brian is mostly interested in language, science, and environmental conservation issues. He writes for various publications, as well as his blog,

Jennifer Bustance

Jennifer Bustance is a California-based freelance writer, playwright, and novelist originally from Troy, Michigan. Her plays have been performed all over the country, and her prose has appeared in various online and print publications.

Jennifer is a teaching artist with the Playwrights Project, San Diego Writers, Ink, and UCSD Extension. She is the Playwright in Residence at the Scripps Ranch Theatre and a founding member of their New Works Studio. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College.

Chris Maroulakos

Chris Maroulakos has worked at Language Translation since 2007, and he is currently the director of operations. He has been a blogger and managing editor for the San Diego music blog Owl and Bear since 2008, and he also worked as a blogger and associate editor for NBC San Diego's SoundDiego music blog.

Chris holds certifications in SDL Trados Studio for Translators (Advanced Level), SDL Trados Studio for Project Managers, and SDL MultiTerm for Translators and Project Managers. He is Inbound Certified by HubSpot and also has certifications in Localization and Localization Project Management from California State University Chico, the Globalization and Localization Association (GALA), and the Localization Institute.

He graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a BA in Communications and with minors in Italian and International Studies.