Lockheed Martin and EADS failing to submit Korean translation for RFP
It was reported on June 19, 2012 that Lockheed Martin which is a F35 manufacturing company and EADS which is a Eurofighter manufacturing company failed to meet the requirements of RFP such as omitting a
As the regulation requires there should be more than two bidders and only Boeing will remain after two companies drop out, they will be given new opportunities.
DAPA will announce the project on the 20th again, and receive the proposal by July 5.
koreaninterpreters.net has been involved in such RFP for a decade. It usually involves a huge volume of English to Korean translation of hundreds of thousands of words. Then the final version comes at the last moment, and we are given a humanly impossible deadline. Although we have a pool of about 40 very qualified translators, we had to work day and night and our chief editors had to stay overnight without sleeping for days, ending up in bleeding nose because we never have enough time to go through all the documents to make them consistent. Some translators invariably have family emergencies and car breakdowns or computer breakdowns and drop out or send horrible translation, so our editors just keep on proofreading endlessly for days until the job finally leaves to Korea. Wouldn’t it be nice if they plan ahead and give translators about one year to
translate such a huge volume of documents? But unfortuantely, the final version always arrives late,
and the schedule is always humanly impossible, even with the best of our translators.
But we are happy to do the job, knowing that our work can help one nation choose the right defense weapons for themselves by promoting accurate translation. So, Korean defense and the world peace needs the help of Korean translators who can deliver accurate translation.
Korean translator as a blue ocean job
30 years ago when I first started translating, translation was a hard labor. You had to look up a
thick dictionary, write on a paper, and then type on a Smith Corona typewriter which was so noisy that
neighbors complained. Then your printer was so slow it made noise all night. The technology
developed so much since then, making the job of Korean translator one of the best jobs in the world.
Now you have Microsoft Word, with such amazing functions as Check Grammar and Proofing,
Automatic correction functions which increase the speed of translation. Trados, although not
limited in its effective use in Korean setting, is another amazing invention for translators.
Emails enable us to receive and send files all over the world in a second. Naver and Daum provide
amazing sources for translation. You can look up words in a second, and if those words are so
new that they are not in the dictionary yet, you can search professional articles to find right match. If
you still cannot find translation, then y0u are the first one to introduce the translation. Added to all
the above benefits of modern technology is the laser printer which prints so fast and so neatly that
you can work right up to one minute before meeting your client.
All the technological development contributed to translation efficiency. I started my first job at $6
per page which took me an hour to translate, but now they pay me $100 per page which takes me fifteen
minutes. You can make up to $2000 a day translating, without any overhang expenses, sitting alone in
your office listening to music or watching your favorite movie. Isn’t it a dream job?
Another great aspect of the job is that you read and learn new things everyday. It is different from
being limited to one major field…you can translate law, medical, IT, Engineering, Finance… just about anything, learning so much every time. Your vocabulary is accumulated like money in the savings account.
And the best part…they can communicate thanks to you. They say the difference is like night and day because
you translated for them. Isn’t this the best time to be a Korean translator?
Helpful terms in translating Korean LED patents into English
LED related terms, Korean to English. This is helpful for translating LED related documents.
* 형광물질 (Fluorescent Material)
- 형광을 내는 물질로서 석유,납유리,시안화백금 등이 있는데,실용적인 것으로는
ZnS:Cu 라고 기재하는 것으로 주로 브라운관이나 전자현미경 등에 쓰인다. 원료물질과
첨가해주는 부활제의 조합에 따라 다양하여 목적에 맞게 제조하여 색을 낼수 있다.
백색 LED구현을 위해 청색 LED에 노란색 형광물질(YAG,Yttrium Aluminum Garnet)을 첨가하는
* MoCVD(Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition,유기금속 화학 증착법)
- 화학반응을 이용하여 기판상에 금속 산화막을 형성하는 박막 형성법. 진공으로 된 통 안에서
가열된 기판에 증기압이 높은 금속의 유기 화합물 증기를 보내어 그 금속의 막을 기판에 성장시킨
다. 어떤 조건에서는 화합물 반도체의 결정을 에피택시얼 성장 시킬 수도 있다.
* 플립칩(Flip Chip)
- LED 발광효율을 개선시키기 위한 특징적인 기술로 플립칩 기술을 들수 있다.
이 기술은 반도체 칩을 회로 기판에 부착시킬 때 금속 리드(와이어)와 같은 추가적인 연결 구조나
볼 그리드 어레이(BGA)와 같은 중간 매체를 사용하지 않고, 칩 아랫면의 전극패턴을 이용해 그대로
융착시키는 방식. 선없는(leadless)반도체라고도 한다.
패키지가 칩 크기와 같아 소형,경량화에 유리하고 전극 간 거리(피치)를 훨씬 미세하게 할 수 있다.
일반적으로 질화물 반도체는 절연체인 사파이어 기판 위에 성장하기 때문에 질화물 반도체 표면으로
부터 광을 추출하게 된다. 그러나 사파이어 기판은 열전도도가 좋지 않아 GaN-LED 열방출에 큰
문제점으로 지적되어 왔다. 이러한 문제를 해결하기 위하여 전극을 PCB(Printed Circuit Board)
기판에 패키징하고 사파이어로부터 광을 추출하는 플립칩 기술이 제안되었다. 즉,Ni/Au의
광 투과성 전극은 로듐(Rh)과 같은 높은 광반사 특성을 갖는 오믹금속으로 대체하여 빛의 리사이클
(재활용)이 되도록 하여 광추출효율을 개선시키게 되고 전극패드 및 질화물 반도체층을 열방출이
용이한 PCB보드에 부착함으로서 열방출 효율을 개선시킬수 있다.
* 백색 LED BLU
- 액정표시장치(LCD)의 광원으로 사용되는 부품을 BLU(Back Light Unit)라고 하는데,이는 광원이
LCD패널의 뒤에 장착됨으로써 유래되었다. BLU는 크게 도광판형(Edge Light Type)과
직하형(Direct type)으로 나눌수 있다. 그림은 전형적인 백색LED가 사용되는 BLU를 ”백색 LED BLU”
라 부르고 있으며,현재 핸드폰등 소형 모바일기기의 대부분에 적용 되고 있고,노트북 등
중형 LCD의 BLU에도 적용되기 시작하고 있어 BLU의 새로운 대한으로 떠오르고 있다.
* 도광판(LGP,Light Guide Plate)
- BLU의 휘도와 균일한 조명 기능을 수행하는 부품. LCD내에서 빛을 액정에 인도하는 BLU안에
조립되어 있는 아크릴 사출물을 말하며, 백색LED 또는 냉음극 형광램프(CCFL)등의 BLU광원에서
발사되는 빛을 LCD 전체 면에 균일하게 전달하는 역활을 하는 플라스틱 성형렌즈의 하나이다.
* LED Dirver
- 입력전압변동이 심하고,낮은 전압으로 부터 안정된 밝기 및 높은 효율로 LED를 켜주는 IC를
말한다. LED가 현재 휴대폰의 적용에서 조명용,네온사인 등으로 활용범위가 넓어져 LED Driver
IC의 수요는 고성장할 것으로 전망된다.
* 휘도 (Brightness)
- 일정한 넓이를 가진 광원 또는 빛의 반사체 표면의 밝기를 나타내는 양을 말하며
스틸브(Stilb,기호는 sb) 또는 니트(nit,기호는 nt)라는 단위를 쓴다. 1m(제곱)당 104 cd(칸델라)
를 1sb로 계산한다. 예를 들면, 태양면의 휘도는 1만 5,000 sb,월면의 휘도는 0.25sb,
전구 필라멘트의 휘도는 150~200 sb정도이다. 단,같은 광원에서도 촛불과 같이 부분적으로 휘도의
차가 있는 것도 있으며, 때로는 관찰각도에 따라 그 값이 달라지는 것도 있다.
US-Korea FTA bill withdrawn for translation errors
A long-delayed free trade agreement between Washington and Seoul faced more troubles in April 2011, after the South Korean cabinet withdrew a bill for its ratification over translation blunders.
The government said the South Korea-US agreement will be resubmitted to parliament next month, potentially delaying the process by a few more months.
It faces resistance from the country’s small but powerful farm lobby, which has said the government has done little to provide relief for the expected damage it will suffer due to the pact.
US and South Korean trade negotiators struck a deal in December on the trade pact, which was signed in 2007 but had been held up by US auto and beef industry concerns.
The United States and the European Union are racing against each other to be the first to seal a free trade agreement with South Korea, the world’s 15th largest economy, hoping to get a jump-start on the benefits of increased business deals.
Jenny Park, President of koreaninterpreters.net, reviewed the FTA with her students in Negotiation class while in Seoul, Korea. She says there were two or three errors on every page and couldn’t believe it was a government document. “But on the other hand, ” says Jenny. “Almost all the Korean translations I have edited have errors like that. It is scary to think that there is such a huge barrier of ‘mistranslation’ between Korea and the rest of the world. Korea is like an island in terms of language. Its globalization would be complete only with well trained and competent translators who would not make so many errors in translation.” Then she added, “and the sad fact is, I have not seen any who don’t.”
koreaninterpreter.net translated millions of words for recent cases involving Samsung, LG Innotek and Kolon
For koreaninterpreters.net, 2011 was the busiest year of all, translating millions of words for court cases involving Samsung, LG Innotek and Kolon. As Korea becomes the 11th economic power in the world, it is getting into more legal disputes than before especially in intellectual property cases. There is a huge need for Korean to English translators who: understand technology, engineering, and patents, and who are bilingual and well trained to be an accurate translator. However, it is very difficult to find qualified translators. 80% accuracy would be pretty good, but it is just very hard to find that level of tranlators. Fortunately, our editors have accuracy of 95% or above. Thank God they are available.
Now with normal translations, the chief editor can take time and correct mistakes, which sometimes takes more time than translating. But lawsuits seem to be always urgent and attorneys always require millions of words translated overnight, or in a few days….koreaninterpreters.net had to work with 40 translators, taking turns day and night… and then, the chief editors would stay up for days without sleeping, tyring to improve the accuracy of translation, resulting in bleeding nose….
We just hope more people would be properly trained to be good translators. Machine translation is useless, and most humans are prone to mistakes. Until then, koreaninterpreters.net editors would have no choice but to have bleeding nose.
South Korea – Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette
Facts and Statistics
Location: Eastern Asia, southern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the East Sea and the Yellow Sea
Climate: temperate, with rainfall heavier in summer than winter
Population: 48,598,175 (July 2004 est.)
Ethnic Make-up: homogeneous (except for about 20,000 Chinese)
Religions: no affiliation 46%, Christian 26%, Buddhist 26%, Confucianist 1%, other 1%
The Korean Language
The Koreans are one ethnic family speaking one language. They share certain distinct physical characteristics which differentiate them from other Asian people including the Chinese and the Japanese, and have a strong cultural identity as one ethnic family.
The Korean language is spoken by more than 65 million people living on the peninsula and its outlying islands as well as 5.5 million Koreans living in other parts of the world. The fact that all Koreans speak and write the same language has been a crucial factor in their strong national identity. Modern Korea has several different dialects including the standard one used in Seoul and central areas, but they are similar enough that speakers/listeners do not have trouble understanding each other.
Korean Society & Culture
Korean Family Values
. The family is the most important part of Korean life.
. In Confucian tradition, the father is the head of the family and it is his responsibility to provide food, clothing and shelter, and to approve the marriages of family members.
. The eldest son has special duties: first to his parents, then to his brothers from older to younger, then to his sons, then to his wife, and lastly to his daughters.
. Family welfare is much more important than the needs of the individual.
. Members of the family are tied to each other because the actions of one family member reflect on the rest of the family.
. In many cases the family register can trace a family’s history, through male ancestors, for over 500 years.
. The teachings of Confucius describe the position of the individual in Korean society.
. It is a system of behaviours and ethics that stress the obligations of people towards one another based upon their relationship.
. The basic tenets are based upon five different relationships: 1) ruler and subject, 2) husband and wife, 3) parents and children, 4)brothers and sisters and 5) friend and friend
. Confucianism stresses duty, loyalty, honour, filial piety, respect for age and seniority, and sincerity.
. Ancestors are based on the male family line.
. Children are raised to believe they can never repay their debt to their parents, hence the popularity of ancestor worship.
. They hold ancestral ceremonies for the previous three generations (parents, grandparents, and great grandparents) several times a year, particularly on Chusok and New Year’s Day.
. On Chusok, people cook and set out food to celebrate their ancestors.
The Concept of Kibun
. Kibun is a word with no literal English translation; the closest terms are pride, face, mood, feelings, or state of mind.
. If you hurt someone’s kibun you hurt their pride, cause them to lose dignity, and lose face. Korean interpersonal relationships operate on the principle of harmony.
. It is important to maintain a peaceful, comfortable atmosphere at all times, even if it means telling a “white lie”.
. Kibun enters into every facet of Korean life.
. It is important to know how to judge the state of someone else’s kibun, how to avoid hurting it, and how to keep your own kibun at the same time.
. In business, a manager’s kibun is damaged if his subordinates do not show proper respect. A subordinate’s kibun is damaged if his manager criticizes him in public.
. Nunchi is the ability to determine another person’s kibun by using the eye.
. Since this is a culture where social harmony is crucial, being able to judge another person’s state of mind is critical to maintain the person’s kibun.
. Nunchi is accomplished by watching body language and listening to the tone of voice as well as what is said.
Etiquette & Customs in South Korea
. Greetings follow strict rules of protocol.
. Many South Koreans shake hands with expatriates after the bow, thereby blending both cultural styles.
. The person of lower status bows to the person of higher status, yet it is the most senior person who initiates the handshake.
. The person who initiates the bow says, “man-na-suh pan-gop-sumnida”, which means “pleased to meet you.”
. Information about the other person will be given to the person they are being introduced to in advance of the actual meeting.
. Wait to be introduced at a social gathering.
. When you leave a social gathering, say good-bye and bow to each person individually.
Gift Giving Etiquette
. Gifts express a great deal about a relationship and are always reciprocated.
. It is inconsiderate to give someone an expensive gift if you know that they cannot afford to reciprocate accordingly.
. Bring fruit or good quality chocolates or flowers if invited to a Korean’s home.
. Gifts should be wrapped nicely.
. The number 4 is considered unlucky, so gifts should not be given in multiples of 4.
. Giving 7 of an item is considered lucky.
. Wrap gifts in red or yellow paper, since these are royal colours. Alternatively, use yellow or pink paper since they denote happiness.
. Do not wrap gifts in green, white, or black paper.
. Do not sign a card in red ink.
. Use both hands when offering a gift.
. Gifts are not opened when received.
If you are invited to a South Korean’s house:
. It is common for guests to meet at a common spot and travel together.
. You may arrive up to 30 minutes late without giving offence.
. Remove your shoes before entering the house.
. The hosts greet each guest individually.
. The host pours drinks for the guests in their presence. The hostess does not pour drinks.
. The hosts usually accompany guests to the gate or to their car because they believe that it is insulting to wish your guests farewell indoors.
. Send a thank you note the following day after being invited to dinner.
. Wait to be told where to sit. There is often a strict protocol to be followed.
. The eldest are served first.
. The oldest or most senior person is the one who starts the eating process.
. Never point your chopsticks.
. Do not pierce your food with chopsticks.
. Chopsticks should be returned to the table after every few bites and when you drink or stop to speak.
. Do not cross your chopsticks when putting them on the chopstick rest.
. Do not pick up food with your hands. Fruit should be speared with a toothpick.
. Bones and shells should be put on the table or an extra plate.
. Try a little bit of everything. It is acceptable to ask what something is.
. Refuse the first offer of second helpings.
. Finish everything on your plate.
. Indicate you are finished eating by placing your chopsticks on the chopstick rest or on the table. Never place them parallel across your rice bowl.
Business Etiquette and Protocol
Relationships & Communication
. South Koreans prefer to do business with people with whom they have a personal connection.
. It is therefore crucial to be introduced by a third-party.
. Relationships are developed through informal social gatherings that often involve a considerable amount of drinking and eating.
. Individuals who have established mutual trust and respect will work hard to make each other successful.
. South Koreans treat legal documents as memorandums of understanding.
. They view contracts as loosely structured consensus statements that broadly define agreement and leave room for flexibility and adjustment as needed.
. Under no circumstances insult or to criticize in front of others.
. Sensitive matters may often be raised indirectly through the intermediary that first made the introductions.
. South Koreans are extremely direct communicators. They are not averse to asking questions if they do not understand what has been said or need additional clarification.
. This is a culture where “less is more” when communicating. Respond to questions directly and concisely.
. Since there is a tendency to say “yes” to questions so that you do not lose face, the way you phrase a question is crucial. It is better to ask, “When can we expect shipment?” than “Can we expect shipment in 3 weeks?”, since this question requires a direct response.
Business Meeting Etiquette
. Appointments are required and should be made 3 to 4 weeks in advance.
. You should arrive on time for meetings as this demonstrates respect for the person you are meeting.
. The most senior South Korean generally enters the room first.
. It is a good idea to send both an agenda and back-up material including information about your company and client testimonials prior to the meeting.
. The main purpose of the first meeting is to get to know each other.
. Meetings are used to understand a client’s needs and challenges. They lay the foundation for building the relationship.
. Do not remove your jacket unless the most senior South Korean does so.
. Have all written materials available in both English and Korean.
. Business attire is conservative.
. Men should wear dark- coloured, conservative business suits with white shirts.
. Women should dress conservatively and wear subdued colours.
. Men should avoid wearing jewellery other than a watch or a wedding ring.
. Business cards are exchanged after the initial introductions in a highly ritualized manner.
. The way you treat someone’s business card is indicative of the way you will treat the person.
. Have one side of your business card translated into Korean.
. Using both hands, present your business card with the Korean side facing up so that it is readable by the recipient.
. Examine any business card you receive carefully.
. Put the business cards in a business card case or a portfolio.
. Never write on someone’s business card in their presence.
Four Emerging Markets to Watch in 2011
From time to time, Morningstar publishes articles from third party contributors under our “Perspectives” banner. Here, Philip Poole, Global Head of Macro and Investment Strategy at HSBC Global Asset Management, highlights the emerging markets he believes investors might fall back in love with this year. You can read more Perspectives features in our article archive. The performance of financial asset prices since markets troughed in the first quarter of 2009 has been driven by the on-going conflict between residual concerns about economic activity and the strength of the global recovery and the resulting commitment from developed world central banks to ultra loose monetary policy, most powerfully in the form of quantitative easing. Because of concerns about the risk that the global recovery would stall, cyclical and export-oriented emerging markets, particularly in Asia, were unloved for much of 2010. With the global recovery faltering at best, held back by on-going fears of a double dip in the US and sovereign default risks in Europe, investors preferred domestic consumption themes in relatively closed emerging markets like India which, as a result, attracted big net inflows.
But things began to change at the end of last year and 2011 is likely to prove to be different. Last November the Fed launched its second round of quantitative easing (QE2) and the consequences will be a key driver of financial market performance in the coming year. As we argued in “Surfin’ USA”, December 2010, the key question for risk assets in 2011 is likely to be which eventually wins out–the wall of liquidity or the risk that global recovery hits the wall? With signs that the global recovery is consolidating and a growing market conviction that a double-dip in the US looks much less likely than continued low to moderate growth there, cyclical markets should do better. If so, Asian markets like Korea, Taiwan and China H, where performance lagged for much of 2010 and valuations are correspondingly relatively attractive, stand to gain in 2011. These are markets that are relatively open to trade and so more geared to global recovery than the domestic consumption stories that were the doyen of investors for much of 2010.
Asian Cyclical Markets–Korea, China and Taiwan
Korea is one of the best examples and illustrates the point well. For a sizeable economy it is relatively open. The merchandise export to GDP ratio is a robust 45% which compares to 13% for India, gearing the economy to continued global recovery. Valuations reinforce this conclusion. Korea is trading at a sizeable discount relative to other markets in the Asia ex-Japan peer group and, additionally, looks cheap relative to many other major emerging equity markets. On a 2011 price earnings multiple of around 10x Korea is the cheapest of the major markets in Asia. Moreover, on a forward PE basis it is also on a valuation that is cheap to its own trading history. Other valuation metrics also bear this out. In terms of trailing price to book the market is on just over 1.5x which also looks cheap to peers (for example India is trading on a multiple of more than 3x.)
The valuation and expected growth story in China and Taiwan also fit this theme. China is another market that lagged in 2010 and is trading on a 2011 PE multiple of 12x versus a 5 year average of 13.5x. Price to book is 2.3x. The valuation discount in Taiwan is a 13.4x 2011 PE multiple vs. a 5 year average multiple of 15x. The trailing price to book valuation is just 2x and earnings growth in 2011 is expected to be a decent 10%.
This shift in perspectives is already evident. For example, since end November 2010 the Korean market has moved higher and the valuation premium of domestic consumption stories like India relative to the cyclical Asian markets has already narrowed. Even so, valuations of the more export-oriented markets still appear attractive in a world where angst about the sustainability of the global recovery continues to ease and volatility has fallen–the VIX, for example, has declined from more than 28 to close to 18 since last August. In Korea’s case sectors such as tech, materials, consumer cyclicals, energy and industrials look attractively priced. In Taiwan the tech sector also looks interesting in terms of this theme.
Elsewhere Russia, where the equity market is also relatively geared to global activity because of the high concentration of hard commodity stocks, also stands out as being cheap. Trading on a forward PE of less than 7x and with a consensus earnings growth expectation of 16% the market looks cheap to its peers on a PE/EPS growth metric. It is also trading on a trailing price to book multiple of just 1.3x. Moreover, as in the case of the more cyclical Asian markets, it also looks cheap to its own trading history. In PE terms the five-year average multiple is closer to 9x, even taking into account Russia’s well known and much discussed corporate ‘transparency’ problems. Given our global macro view we are keen on commodity-related trades and on current valuations, Russia remains one of the most attractive ways to get exposure to this theme in the hard commodities and energy space.
With flush global liquidity, courtesy of the Fed, searching out value and prospective returns, these cheaper, more cyclically-exposed markets look set to outperform in 2011. Of course, being cheap isn’t enough in itself but the underlying macro story is also decent. In the case of Korea, HSBC Global Research forecasts that GDP growth in 2011 will be close to 5% and solid consensus earnings growth of 11% is expected. In China the consensus forecast for GDP growth in 2011 is a healthy 9.2% with 12% growth expected in earnings. While inflation has moved higher in both of these markets, in common with developments in much of the rest of the emerging world, the authorities are taking measures to curb it. In Russia’s case the HSBC forecast is for GDP growth of close to 5% in 2011 and, as already mentioned, the consensus EPS growth expectation is 16%.
If there is an on-going shift away from domestic consumer stories to more cyclical exposure based on valuations and a consolidating global recovery, markets including Korea, Taiwan and China in Asia and Russia in EMEA should benefit along with other markets that were unloved for much of 2010 and we would suggest overweighting them in an emerging market and global equity context.
Disclaimer: All views expressed in this third party article are those of the author(s) alone and not necessarily those of Morningstar. Morningstar is not responsible for the comments nor will it be liable in any way for any information provided by the author.
Obama committed to South Korea trade deal: Clinton
SEOUL | Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:21pm EDT
(Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Sunday that concluding a long-delayed free trade agreement with South Korea was a priority for the Obama administration, and it was committed to getting the deal done this year.
Clinton told a gathering of business leaders in Seoul that, beyond the economic benefits, the pact was “profoundly in America’s strategic interest as well.”
“Getting this done together sends a powerful message that America and Korea are partners for the long-term and that America is fully embracing its role as a Pacific power,” she said.
U.S. and South Korean trade negotiators struck a deal in December on a free trade pact, which was signed in 2007 but had not been ratified for three years because of U.S. auto and beef industry concerns.
Both the U.S. Congress and the South Korean parliament have yet to pass bills to approve the pact, despite U.S. President Barack Obama’s renewed push for ratification.
“I want to state as strongly as I can how committed the Obama Administration is to passing the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement this year,” she told a gathering of business leaders in Seoul during a whirlwind trip through South Korea and Japan.
A U.S. official added that Washington hoped to have the FTA ratified by Congress well before an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in November.
U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk has previously said the Obama administration wanted to win congressional approval of a free trade agreement before July. The agreement is pending in South Korea’s parliament and is expected to be passed.
Clinton said the pact — which Washington says will increase exports of American goods by $11 billion and create tens of thousands of jobs — is ready for review by Congress.
Sander Levin, the top Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, last month criticized Republicans for refusing to move ahead on the South Korea deal until the White House sends Congress implementing bills for long-delayed trade agreements with Colombia and Panama.
PENDING TRADE DEALS
Republicans broadly support the South Korea deal, but have threatened to block a vote on the pact unless the White House also submits the other two pending trade deals for approval.
“This is a priority for me, for President Obama and for the entire administration,” Clinton said. “We are determined to get it done, and I believe we will.”
The United States and the European Union are racing against each other to be the first to seal a free trade agreement with South Korea, the world’s 15th largest economy, hoping to get a jumpstart on the benefits of increased business deals.
The European Parliament approved a South Korea free-trade deal in February, clearing the way for the EU’s largest bilateral free trade deal to take effect from July.
The shift in focus to Asia follows Clinton’s attendance at a NATO conference in Berlin, where the alliance’s foreign ministers faced strains over a Western air campaign in Libya against forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.
Clinton met South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Sunday, who commended her for Washington’s “exceptional leadership” in handling the situation Libya.
She was due in Tokyo later on Sunday for a flying visit in a show of support following last month’s earthquake and tsunami disasters that killed thousands and crippled a nuclear plant.
The Sensitivity of Interpreting and Translation- an Issue that needs Attention
Communication is not just important for businesspeople and politicians. It is almost always important to deliver the right message to your audience. Nowadays, in relation to communication and languages we often hear the word “lost in translation”. Though the phrase has become a bit popular, it should not become a habit for everybody.
Getting lost in translation can happen to everyone, whether you are conducting foreign business, court interpreting and even delivering messages on an international informative show such as a current affairs or news programs. We all know that the media are the most influential factor that can really affects human lives. Thus, media practitioners must be responsible in disseminating information to the masses.
One of the popular issues that media have been facing recently related to a speech that the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak delivered. Several international news channels encountered some difficulties in understanding the Arabic language that the Egyptian President used. Most of the interpreters in that various international television channels were native speakers of Arabic, and their knowledge of English did not meet the requirements for interpreting or rendering the messages effectively. Thus, there were differing interpretations about Mubarak’s speech in the various television channels.
Interpretation and translation services are complex processes. It is worth noting to know that every important live on air speech can turn into a disaster if qualified and professional interpreters are not hired. Thus, it is most preferable to hire interpreters who have experience in rendering messages in some international organizations such as the United Nations, European Union or the Red Cross. It is beneficial to hire an interpreter who has experience in political interpreting as well.
Language barriers may affect the relations between all countries. Hence, interpreters and translators can have a big impact globally, both in effective interpreting and in being lost in translation. Even the United States of America admitted that they have poor translation services, mainly in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which became obvious when they needed to publicize information about the 9/11 attack in New York City. It seems that there is a crisis of hiring credible Arabic to English translators in the FBI. This is because most Americans have difficulties trusting dual citizen translators, specifically in the Arabic to English language combination. These translators help to translate whatever messages they would receive from alleged and potential terrorists inside and outside of the U.S.
This could also be a big problem in the translation industry. Translation and interpretation must be based on the original and precise truth of the messages and thus, it should not be biased for any reasons. In translations for Government translation, this can sometimes lead to friction between the government and the translators themselves.
Language matters in every way to us, and so do interpretation or translation. Reliable translation companies mostly hire professional and credible translators. A translation company does not do business only in the translation world but they are a highly efficient medium to everybody to create, measure and attain understanding as well. As long as the world has language barriers, translation companies are the homes of reliable translators that are capable of communicating at a global level.