E.g., 09/25/2020
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Introduction to Language Services

Today, businesses work around the clock to connect customers, clients, and communities, not just in commerce but in the exchange of information—and much of that content exists in languages other than English. Approximately 7,000 languages are spoken in 260 countries across the globe.

Language service specialists enable the multilingual and cross-cultural communication needed to persuade, educate, inform, and inspire audiences worldwide. Organizations ranging from microbusinesses to multinational corporations to national governments rely on these professionals to globalize, internationalize, localize, translate, and interpret all types of content for their audiences.

Explore Language Service Definitions and Stakeholders

What is translation?
Translation is the communication of meaning from one language (the source) to another language (the target).

What is localization?
Localization (also referred to as "l10n") is the process of adapting a product or content to a specific locale or market.

What is globalization?
Globalization refers to a broad range of processes necessary to prepare and launch products and activities internationally.

What is internationalization?
Internationalization ensures a product can be adapted to various languages without engineering changes to the source code.

What is interpreting?
Interpreting is the facilitation of spoken or signed language communication between users of different languages.

Language Service Stakeholders
The language industry is complex and represented by both generalist and specialist providers with many different functions.