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The World According to John Yunker

According to web language and globalization expert John Yunker, “we share this world with 7.4 billion other people across more than 200 countries speaking more than 6,000 languages.”  In his, “If the world were 100 people,” report, he takes a look at the world by representing all 7.4 billion people as just 100 people.  The analysis helps you determine what languages you should support on your website.

Did you miss John’s recent WEGGinar™, “Think Outside the Country:  Tips for Taking Your Website Global?”  It’s not too late to listen to it.  Register (no charge) here and find out how to take anything global.

Illustration source:  Byte Level Research

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Note: Don’t miss our next WEGGinar™ 6/7/17 on “Go! Go! Global With Sourcing Products,” and presented by Jodi Bondi Norgaard, speaker, consultant and founder of Go! Go! Sports Girls and JB Norgaard Enterprises, Inc.  Register here:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7576894438194026755.
Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.

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Blunders From Around the World

Firms doing business in multilingual societies need to decide what languages to use for communications, product packaging and advertising. Rule of thumb: Go for the simplest of words, express one idea in each sentence and avoid culture-specific references (e.g., he sings like Frank Sinatra).

Below we’ve created a humorous list of gaffes from around the world.  Have a laugh or two but remember:   The  importance of understanding the language of a country cannot be overestimated!

Funny Mistranslations From Around the World

Illustration credit here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


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