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Q: What does a translator do? A: We convert documents from one language into another. Q: Does Newman Translations offer spoken or written translation? A: Translation is by definition in writing; the spoken task is called interpretation. I currently offer only translation and editing, not interpretin...

False Friends Can Be True Enemies

When I say “false friends,” I don’t mean people who pretend to like you but then stab you in the back. False friends – words in different languages that resemble each other in sound/spelling but actually differ a great deal in meaning – can really trip up translators unfamiliar with th...

OCR: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly (and the Funny)

Optical character recognition, or OCR, is an amazingly powerful tool for processing character-based text such as Chinese. This technology allows you to take an image containing text, such as a scanned medical record, and convert it into “live” text that can be imported into a word processor, cop...

Truth-Telling in Medicine

Lulu Wang’s recent film “The Farewell” is about a Chinese family in which the matriarch is gravely ill with cancer, and neither her doctors nor her family informs her of the actual diagnosis. The Chinese title of the film “别告诉她” translates literally to “Don’t ...