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Travel and Translation: When in Rome, do as Romans do. 05/22

An old proverb says: "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." It refers to the importance of adapting ourselves to the customs of a people in a certain situation. It may not always seem easy because it sometimes means totally changing a habit and doing something that seems unusual or unnatural. Just think, for instance, of countries where people eat with their hands while, in other countries, people always use forks and spoons. What seems different to one, may seem totally fine to the other. 

However, this is just an example of how cultures vary throughout the world, and among these, their languages. Not surprisingly, a language is a culture-related element of a country and we need to get to know the culture to understand a language and vice versa.

In this newsletter, you will find interesting material about the relationship between travel and translation. When we travel, the further we move away from our own country, the more diversification we encounter. Since at LingoStar we love exploring the world, in this issue we geared our focus towards Japan. Due to huge cultural differences, the Japanese language can be challenging to translate while trying to keep the same meaning in the target language.

Are you getting curious? Just keep scrolling to know more about travel and translation! 🚆
News Snapshot
After spending 4 months a year for the last 30 years living out of a suitcase, Rick Steves reflects on the value of thoughtful travel. Sharing lessons learned from Iran to El Salvador and from India to Denmark, Steves tells why spending all that time and money away from home has broadened his perspective, enriched his life, and made it clear to him that, as he says in his talk, "Fear is for people who don't get out very much."
Japan is a place of great mysticism, rich with culture and tradition. A land where, without honour, you will not have respect. A nation influenced by ninjas and samurai. Here, we focus on just a few of the many interesting facts about Japanese culture.
Why is it so important to travel and to know languages when travelling? In this article, you will find out about ten benefits of learning languages while travelling.
Japan excels at striking the right balance between tradition and modernity, leading the way in technological advances while also embracing its past, whether it's architecture, art, fashion, food or sports.
Japanese is the only major language whose genetic affiliation is not known. The hypothesis relating Japanese to Korean remains the strongest, but other hypotheses also have been advanced. Read this article to find out more.
Read this short Japanese poem that presents the world objectively and contrasts two different images.
LingoStar Current Focus 
At LingoStar, we like to spread curiosities about international days celebrated all over the world. This month, we've had some interesting international days such as Harry Potter Day and Star Wars Day. In addition, we're back with our linguistic week with curiosities about Korea and Senegal. Take a look at our social media posts to learn more about these days.
LingoStar Projects
As usual, we've been working on several multilingual projects translating from and into English. In this section, you can get a feel for the type of services we provide with a small selection of our projects. 
LingoStar Blogs

Travel and Translation: Two Different Ways To Meet New Cultures

Did you know that the English term "translation" refers both to the process of translating words from one language into another and to the process of moving something from one place to another? Thus, translation and travel are very much interconnected as they both focus on the idea of movement and passage. So, what happens when a traveller simply moves with their language and culture to another country? If you want to know more, read our blog post on travel and translation!
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Japanese Translation Challenges

There are many languages in the world that are difficult to translate into English. Japanese is one of them. One reason for this would be the unique development of Japanese culture. Japan is an island nation surrounded by the sea, so it developed its own culture and technology while adopting those introduced from the continent a long time ago. Just think of popular Japanese food names that have been integrated into other cultures: sushi, tempura, ramen, and wasabi. Eager to know more? Read this blog post!
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Localization Guides
Did you know that we have created various ebooks to help people understand languages and cultures in order to translate multilingual websites more easily? As we have explored some of the Japanese language features this month, take a look at our Localization Guide for Japanese.

Localization Guide Japanese

Multilingual Website Translation

This Localization Guide is part of our Multilingual Website Translation series and focuses exclusively on how to translate your website into Japanese.

This guide is full of practical advice on how to professionally localize your website into the Japanese language and successfully expand your business internationally.

Special Calendar Dates 
Japanglish Cafe – May 21, 2022
Interested in practicing your Japanese and/or your English and meeting new friends? Beginner, intermediate and advanced English and Japanese learners are welcome to join VJLS-JH at "Japanglish" Cafe in Vancouver!
2022 Hyack International Parade – May 28, 2022
In its 50th year, the Hyack International Parade is attended by thousands of delighted locals and tourists. This parade is a family event that will mesmerize kids and adults alike. Bring out your community spirit, promote your brand and brighten the smiles of a huge captive audience!
Cross Cultural Walking Tours – May 29, 2022
Join the Cross Cultural Walking Tours for lunch and learn with British Columbia's Knowledge Network.
Kultura – June 12, 2022
Join Kultura at Cold Tea Restaurant in Vancouver, an event to celebrate Filipino Independence Day and the Filipino/a/x culture through food, drinks, music and performances.
Get in Touch!
Thanks for your interest in our services and stay tuned for more interesting articles. If you need culturally adapted translations and voice-overs, make sure to get a free quote at

Feel free to call us at 604-629-8420 or email us at for more information. We are here to help you with any language-related needs.

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