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Data Security: The How and Why of Avoiding Email Attachments

Written by Lucy Hardinge on Friday, 01 September 2017. Posted in Interesting Articles

Read time 3-4 minutes

Data Security: The How and Why of Avoiding Email Attachments

I never send unencrypted email attachments. And I’m relieved to be part of a growing group of people who understand why.

It can initially be a real pain to get used to (there’s a poorly-drawn diagram at the end of this post explaining otherwise), but there really is method behind our madness. I promise.

Ramadan 2017 – how does the ninth month of the Islamic calendar impact research?

Written by Maria Green on Friday, 26 May 2017. Posted in Language and Culture

Ramadan 2017 – how does the ninth month of the Islamic calendar impact research?

The holy month of Ramadan 2017 began this weekend and Muslims around the world will be fasting during daylight hours. Find out how this may impact any planned research, and how you can make the most of opportunities that it presents. If you haven’t factored Ramadan into your research plan don’t worry - your friendly translation and cultural experts at RP Translate are on hand to help.


Creating Universal Data: can Emojis transcend multilingual research?

Written by Becky Kinnersley on Thursday, 16 February 2017. Posted in Interesting Articles

Read time: 4 minutes

Creating Universal Data: can Emojis transcend multilingual research?

Linguists have always been intrigued by pictorial and symbolic languages. Consider the Egyptians and their hieroglyphs, the Mexicans and their Aztec language or we can even go as far back to a time when spoken language hadn’t fully evolved and humans would communicate with cave paintings. And now, the dawn of the digital age - with its plethora of revolutionary technologies - has brought with it a new pictorial language: Emoji.


Knowing which language to use when speaking to your Chinese respondents

Written by Chris Barnard on Tuesday, 24 January 2017. Posted in Language and Culture

Knowing which language to use when speaking to your Chinese respondents

China is home to a multitude of languages and dialects, many of which are not mutually intelligible. Simply referring to the “Chinese language” is too vague but, helpfully, geography plays a major role in identifying the differences. To narrow things down, official languages are Standard Mandarin (Mainland China and Taiwan), Cantonese (Hong Kong and Macau), English (Hong Kong) and Portuguese (Macau). Chinese language is spoken in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore and other areas with historic immigration from China.

Brilliant Business – China (Top 10 Brilliant Business Tips for China)

Written by Maria Green on Tuesday, 24 January 2017. Posted in Brilliant Business

read time: 3-4 minutes

Brilliant Business – China (Top 10 Brilliant Business Tips for China)

China (officially the People's Republic of China, PRC) is a unitary sovereign state in East Asia, governed by the Communist Party of China. With a population of over 1.381 billion, it is the world’s most populous country and counts for nearly 20% of the world’s entire population. 2015 saw China’s Market Research industry grow by nearly 15% and this does not look to be slowing down any time soon. The capital of China is Beijing, with major urban areas also including Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Shenzhen, Tianjin and Hong Kong (it also claims sovereignty over Taiwan).


The Holy Grail of Market Research Participation

Written by Ruth Partington on Tuesday, 17 January 2017. Posted in Interesting Articles

Read time: 2 minutes

Mahjong  © G RaismanThis article was originally published on January 16th, 2017, by GRBN:  

Picture this:

A cold weekend morning. A busy shopping street. Someone shouts out something that sounds like ‘Shmarget Reachearcher’ and the crowds start to move, morph, come together in concentric circles with a single individual at their centre, holding a clipboard.

‘Pick me! Pick me!’ the clamouring masses shout. ‘I want to take part!’


Lending our support – TWB reaches 40 million translated words!

Written by Maria Green on Thursday, 12 January 2017. Posted in Latest News

TWB Silver Sponsor RP Translate have been a proud Silver Sponsor of Translators without Borders (TWB) since 2014. Every day, TWB (a non-profit organisation) provides access to vital and life-saving knowledge. Volunteers connect humanitarian organizations with a professional community of volunteer translators to communicate critical information across a network of countries and cultures. Translators without Borders contributes to humanitarian efforts through translating a range of materials such as crisis response and health information, as well as through raising awareness of the costly impact of ignoring language barriers.

We are delighted to share great news about a milestone that TWB has just reached….

The Big Data approach: does using Google Translate™ breach GDPR?

Written by Maria Green on Friday, 30 December 2016. Posted in Interesting Articles

Read time: 4-5 minutes

Defense and SecurityThe importance of data security in this incontrovertibly digital world is, by now, at the epicentre of any business strategy. General Data Protection Regulation changes have been confirmed in response and are due to come into effect in 2018, with the aim of modernising the current data protection directive. Most organisations that work in the EU, or those external to it that collect EU citizen data, will be included in adherence to the new regulations – with hefty financial penalties for those who do not conform.

This is (hopefully) old news to anyone handling consumer or respondent data. The ramifications of the changes are significant and the potential to get ‘caught out’ is a reality. In the July 2016 GPDR update for EphMRA Members, one of the Data Protection Principles noted as being reformed pertains to keeping personal data secure by ‘appropriate organizational and technical means’. With these new regulations set to operate with extraterritorial effect, it started us thinking about one of the most common shortcuts taken by researchers, analysts and consultants alike when processing multilingual data.

Brilliant Business - Finland

Written by Maria Green on Monday, 19 December 2016. Posted in Brilliant Business

Top 10 Tips for doing Business in Finland (aka home of Santa)

FinlandAh Finland, a smallish nation but the home of many exciting things, and perhaps, most importantly at this festive time of the year – Finland is best known for having the most famous resident of all – Santa Claus himself! Ho ho ho!

Finland is the closest Nordic nation to the former USSR, making it ideally located to conduct business with Russia and the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. If you include Scandinavia into the Northwestern Russia and other Baltic States mix, then there are more than 80 million prospective customers surrounding Finland, pretty much on their doorstep (so to speak).

And the Award for Project Manager of the Year goes to…

Written by Clare Partington on Friday, 09 December 2016. Posted in Latest News

Bated breath. Nervous toe-tapping. A candle on the dinner table flickers dangerously, before giving up its glowing ghost.

It can only mean one thing… the nerve-wracking, final sprint towards the finish line at the Association of Translation Companies’ Awards Dinner.

Project Manager of the Year AwardThe Association of Translation Companies is an international translation industry Association with government-level influence and 40 years’ of growth behind it. Each year, an independent panel of acclaimed judges from the industry decide on who will be crowned winners of a select few, highly-esteemed awards, based on the candidate’s competence and contribution to the industry.

This year, our very own Becky Kinnersley was in the running:

‘It seems as if Becky was born to be a Project Manager. Combining communicative empathy, an innate skill for organisation, and supreme problem-solving capabilities, Becky consistently exceeds all expectations placed on the best Translation PM’s. She has quickly risen through the ranks in her company to become Head of Project Management, maintaining mutually successful and thoroughly enjoyable relationships with clients all while coordinating and supporting her team members. Becky is a Project Manager par excellence.’


Written by Clare Partington on Monday, 31 October 2016. Posted in Random Thought For The Day

HalloweenHalloween is a tradition that is believed to have been around in one form or another for over 2,000 years. Its Celtic roots were nurtured by the idea of ghosts coming back to the realms of the living during a certain time period each year.

What is ‘spooky’ is that other deep-rooted and ancient cultures held similar festivals, despite being thousands of miles apart – all of them around the idea of ghosts returning to roam the earth…

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