DID YOU KNOW?
The word ‘translation’ comes from a Latin term which means “to bring or carry across”? Another relevant term, ‘metaphrasis’ which means “to speak across”. From this, the term ‘metaphrase’ was born, which means a “word-for-word translation”. Translations started out as early as the Mesopotamian era. It was when the Sumerian poem, Gilgamesh, was being translated into Asian languages. Ancient Greek texts were also translated by Roman poets. They were being adapted to create developed literary works for entertainment. The knowledge and findings of Greek academics were also translated by Arabic scholars. It's debated that the knowledge was further developed and understood well due to them.
The Industrial Revolution made it possible to introduce new machinery. These allowed for swifter production of texts and business-related materials. More time for translating material to enter foreign markets was possible. The rise of the Internet built upon this made it even easier and more accessible. Modern translation apps and techniques using smartphones are so easy to use. Google Translate is one of the many translation apps available in the market. It's considered as the best translation app for the iPhone for most users. Camera translators have also gained some popularity, especially with travelers. It allows you to scan a text and have it translated in real time. Translation has come a long way in helping bridge the gap and tear down the language barrier.