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Not the full meal deal but something to tide you over

They say there is no such thing as a free lunch, well that is usually the case and, in the world of translation, good quality, professional translation work normally comes with a fee. However, when you need to know something or need to get a message out there quickly, the new free translation service from Gemini could be seen as a sandwich to 'tide you over'.

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Using the latest Google powered smart technology, this fully integrated service allows you to translate from one language to another, simply by typing or cutting and pasting text, selecting the language pairing and hitting 'Translate'. Job done.

Create a link to the site and your free tool will always be just a click away, helping you communicate quickly and efficiently with colleagues and associates from around the world, when time is of the essence.

Why not have fun with it too: translate, then back translate and see what comes up!

Whilst this is an intelligent software, learning all the time by pooling resources from the cloud, we do recommend that with documents of a high level of importance, especially if branding and legalities are involved, you may wish to exercise some caution. Conversely, where time is money and you need to know, this will certainly tick the box for you.

If international business forms part of your remit, why not use it simply to decide if any further action is needed when a request arrives in a language that you are not familiar with.

Start enjoying our free service today, tomorrow and beyond by visiting: http://www.geminitranslations.co.uk/services/free-translation-tool

By Darren Elliott

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A non-native English snapshot

Having cast an eye over the Web, I found exhilarating that I am not alone in my relentless advocacy of the language skills of non-native translators. According to the prevailing opinion within the translating circles, translators ought to only ever translate into their mother tongue; proof-readers only take on their native language. As a result of my foreign nationality, my pursuits to become an English editor have always been shy. Sadly, sheer exuberance and genuine love for language does not stand a chance against the rigid rules of harsh reality of the professional world. Snide of my qualifications, experience or enthusiasm, and defining my competency, native speakers reign supreme, end of. Despite the fact that most of my adult personal and occupational experience came to be expressed in English language. Over the years spent in my step-motherland, however, I have come across some cherries on the cake…

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The difference between their (possession), they're (= they are) and there (position) is really not that hard. Nor is have – and not of – in would've/could've/should've. It appears as if the idea of homophones is particularly mind-boggling to the average English soul: then usually acts as a time connective, whilst than is normally used to compare nouns. The many spelling rules of thumb have – as a rule – more exceptions than ratifications: i before e unless after c… Not all words ending with an s call for an apostrophe. Advice is a noun; advise is a verb. The l in adverbial suffix —ly is only doubled when the root adjective ends with an l: final and finally but unfortunate and unfortunately. Double negatives are also a no-go.

The willy-nilly style of punctuating coordinating and subordinating clauses can bring me to my knees and, even though the concept of three present tenses is alien to me within my native language, the subtle difference between present simple, present progressive and present perfect is not beyond my comprehension. My English is by no means perfect, with perpetual discoveries of the elusive nuances of vocabulary and idioms, but I know what a past participle is, do you?

By Ania Obarska at www.geminitranslationservices.co.uk

Product of Poland, Ania arrived in England nine years ago with her love for English language, Hip Hop, photography and philosophy. Outside the working hours of Gemini, you can spot her enjoying life at gigs, vegan restaurants or the cinema. She will appreciate your company if you throw a "kerfuffle", "shenanigans" or "haberdashery" here and there in the conversation – these are some of her favourite words.

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Tunes for Weddings

There is no party without music and your nuptial day is no exception here. You suddenly start recollecting all the flat entertainment at the weddings you did not enjoy…

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You empathise with the couples fearing their guests put down roots in the chairs at the dinner table. But how to appeal to the vast spectrum of various identities and win everybody over? Here comes charging the heavy cavalry of fish in the kettle! How to create a cross-generation playlist, tailored to the plethora of dissonant musical tastes? Think Blondie with drum and bass backing track… Erm… no. Or the 80s: everybody's favourite…

There is only so many times a person can listen to Starship's Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now and all the sentiments in the world, along with denials that any other music followed ever after, don't justify bad taste. And mind, Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You was meant as a break up song, hence it does not translate well for your first bride-groom dance. Digging even deeper to the 70s, Bee Gees' Staying Alive – a perfect opportunity to show off your best dance moves only after some hard liquor when you would wiggle to anything anyhow. How about taking a more contemporary approach altogether? I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas? Utterly uninspiring and bland. Let's try a slightly off-mainstream direction: electro swing. Pretentious and ostentatiously hipster. Indie sounds of Florence and the Machine? Not unless you're tying the knot in wellies at Glastonbury.

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So where is the word of advice, you ask. There isn't any. There's no pleasing EVERYBODY. So how about you play the tunes you were humming when you first met? How about the tracks you bounced to that weekend? How about that song you once heard in Tesco when you held hands for the first time? And the one they played on the radio on your first holiday? How about the tunes you play in the background when you chill out in with some wine and take away? I dare you to put on Snoop Dogg's Gz and Hustlars just because it makes you both smile.

Go on, make your way to the dance floor, it's YOUR day!

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