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Naver’s Translation App to Help Foreigners at Convenience Stores

Naver’s Translation App to Help Foreigners at Convenience Stores

SEOUL, April 4 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s top portal operator Naver Corp. said Tuesday that foreigners can shop for goods at local convenience stores through the company’s mobile translation application Papago.  Under the agreement with GS Retail Co., a major convenience chain operator, Naver will update its application this month with English, Japanese, and [...]

Google’s AI Software Wins Top Score Among Machines in Translation Battle

Google’s AI Software Wins Top Score Among Machines in Translation Battle

SEOUL, Feb. 22 (Korea Bizwire) – Artificial intelligence (AI) language software by U.S. Internet giant Google Inc., scored higher than its rival AI machines in a translation battle between humans and machines held in South Korea earlier this week, industry officials said Wednesday.  On Tuesday, a group of four professional translators competed against three AI-powered [...]

Man and Machine Square Off in Language Translation

Man and Machine Square Off in Language Translation

SEOUL, Feb. 17 (Korea Bizwire) – A man versus AI match in language translation will take place in Seoul on February 21, hosted by the International Interpretation & Translation Association, Sejong University, and Sejong Cyber University.  The contest will run for 50 minutes, and its participants include a professional human translator, Systran translator, Google translator, [...]

Interpreter, Most Sought-after Volunteer Job, at PyeongChang Olympics

Interpreter, Most Sought-after Volunteer Job, at PyeongChang Olympics

SEOUL, Sept. 29 (Korea Bizwire) – Thousands are applying to be voluntary workers at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, with fewer than 500 days left before the opening of the winter games, the first of their kind to be hosted in Korea. With the recruitment deadline imminent (September 30), the committee announced that translation work has [...]

Translation Technology to Break Down Language Barrier for Tourists in Korea

Translation Technology to Break Down Language Barrier for Tourists in Korea

SEOUL, Aug. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – Hosting a global sporting event like the Olympics is a lucrative opportunity to attract thousands of overseas tourists, boosting the local economy, and promoting products and culture that might have otherwise been left unnoticed.  However, language barriers can often be frustrating for tourists travelling to a foreign country, which [...]

Seoul Court to Open Interpretation and Translation Service Center

Seoul Court to Open Interpretation and Translation Service Center

SEOUL, July 19 (Korea Bizwire) – Seoul Administrative Court in Yangjae-dong, Seoul opened on July 19 a legal support center for interpretation and translation services due to an increasing number of cases related to foreign refugees. The number of refugee cases more than doubled from 400 cases in 2014 to 1,000 cases last year, and is [...]

Did Korea’s Leading Web Portal Copy a Start-up?

SEOUL, July 8 (Korea Bizwire) – Naver, Korea’s leading web portal, decided to discontinue its latest translation service, Chamyeo-Bonyeok Q (‘Participate, Translate Q’), after facing criticism that the new platform was very similar to an existing translation service offered by a start-up company, Flitto. Chamyeo-Bonyeok Q was launched less than a month ago (June 17) with [...]

Foreign Tanslators Discuss Appeal and Challenges of Korean Literature

Foreign Tanslators Discuss Appeal and Challenges of Korean Literature

SEOUL, April 18 (Korea Bizwire) – Translating Korean literature, while challenging, has opened up a whole new, joyful world, said foreign translators during a panel discussion in Seoul Monday. In the closed-session organized by the Literature Translation Institute of Korea, translators from England, Germany, India, France, Mexico, and Uzbekistan, shared their experiences of and thoughts [...]

Foreign Brides Start New Careers as Professional Translators

Foreign Brides Start New Careers as Professional Translators

SEOUL, March 9 (Korea Bizwire) – Women who migrated to Korea to marry Korean men are using their language skills to cultivate meaningful careers, by establishing cooperative associations and social ventures that provide translation services. According to statistics from the Ministry of Justice, there are approximately 850,000 foreign brides in Korea, representing 45 percent of [...]

Korea Tourism Organization Releases ‘Touch It Paper’ for Tourists

Korea Tourism Organization Releases ‘Touch It Paper’ for Tourists

SEOUL, Korea, August 06 (Korea Bizwire) – The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) and the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) released the ‘Touch It Paper,’ a graphic guidebook that enables simple communication just by pointing to certain pictograms in emergency situations abroad. This new guide will help Korean tourists abroad communicate with local foreigners in distress. [...]