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Learning a new language is never an easy thing to do, but there are ways to make it easier. There are also ways to make it more difficult. Aiming to learn French or Spanish comes with its own set of difficulties, but most of the learning is in new vocabulary and grammar. If you’re going to go through that boring stuff, you may as well go all-in and master a more difficult language -- different alphabets, characters, writing styles and new sounds will push you to the limit. Top 10 Hardest Languages For Translators to Learn Without further ado, these are our top ten hardest (but most rewarding) languages to learn. 1. Mandarin Mandarin is a language within the Chinese language group and is actually the most spoken language in the world. For an English speaker, however, mastering Mandarin is a tall order. Thanks to it being a tonal language, every sound in Mandarin's phonetic transcription...

After 24 hours of Pastel de Nata (Portuguese pastry) and espresso-fueled hacking, we have our winners! Congratulations To the Top 3 Teams! [caption id="attachment_622" align="aligncenter" width="668"] Miguel Jacques and André Melo won first place for building a PowerPoint translation solution, which parses and translates Powerpoint presentations, using the Unbabel API.[/caption] First place -- Miguel Jacques and André Melo Andre and Michael built a full Powerpoint translation solution, which parses and translates Powerpoint presentations using the Unbabel API. They even included speech-to-text transcription, and a web view for the audience of the presentation. Second place -- Vasco Pinho Vasco Pinho came in second for building a Google Chrome extension with which users can highlight and then translate any text on the web and/or submit any Google Docs to be translated by Unbabel right from the task bar. Third place -- Rafael Schimassek Third place went to Rafael Schimassek for his Dropbox integration. Users can upload any file they have...

For us February was not a short month. We were present in several IT events and media to share our know-how, to let people know what we do and what are our dreams for the future. GVA LaunchGurus and ITespresso highlighted the investment made by Google in our company last year. It's always good to remember that! Mattermark elected us for the second position of the Top 10 Seed Stage Portfolio Companies - by growth score. What a pleasure! Vasco Pedro revealed some facts about his (and our) life and "the classic mistakes that led to Unbabel". Read the full article on StartupShip (also mentioned on Carnegie Mellon Portugal). "The Portuguese Empire was born global. Let’s be that way again." We couldn't say it better! Check this interesting article on StartupShip. Do you want a tip from our CEO? "There’s one debt you can’t have and it’s actually something you see...

Last Saturday I went to Y Combinator's Female Founders Conference in San Francisco, which is possibly the most sexist (and sexiest) conference in the world: Absolutely no men are allowed. Attendees range from YC alumni with a couple startups under their belts to 1st time founders just getting started. All the speakers are women, and many of them are YC alums. From a field of amazing speakers, two were particularly remarkable. The 1st speech of the day, by Jessica Livingston, was exceptional, as was Adora Cheung's speech on scaling a growing enterprise. YC Female Founder: Jessica Livingston http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEp9aaQuYp4 Jessica is one of Y Combinator's founding partners. Her talk was about company culture. She first reflected on Y Combinator's early days in the broader investment landscape. Compared to other early-stage investors, YC did two things distinctly different: first, they created a new structure of investment by investing twice a year in batches at a very early stage; second, they created a unique collection of people...

We are excited to announce our sponsorship of our first ever hackathon challenge at SINFO's Startup Rush 2015. The hackathon will take place at Instituto Superior Técnico from Friday, February 27 to Saturday, February 28. We are offering prizes for the top 5 integrations built on top of the Unbabel API, with a grand prize of €1000. This is just the start of Unbabel's hackathon participation. Community is the lifeblood of Unbabel, from editors to developers to end users, and we feel honored to participate and interact with so many vibrant, diverse, brilliant people on a daily basis. Startup Rush will be no different. Hopefully see you there! Unbabel Startup Rush 2015 Challenge Details: You should join the hackathon if...

We're not great at blowing our own horns, and we blew it on this one. But better late than never, right? On February 9th, Mattermark released the Mattermark Startup Index: Top 10 Y Combinator Companies by Stage list and Unbabel ranks second on the Seed Stage Companies category! We're pleased to be included on the list alongside 9 other incredible companies: Final, FrontApp, Sliced Investing, Move Loot, Estimote, Bop.fm, HumbleBundle, DrChrono, and BloomThat. Stay posted for more important Unbabel announcements in the coming weeks!...

Happy Chinese New Year! Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg released a video wishing everyone Happy New Year. Chinese New Year, that is. The video is below, as well as a translation of what he says. Translation: Hello everyone, Happy New Year! At Facebook we will have a big Spring Festival party. At this party we'll have 50 performances and all types of Chinese food . I wish everyone a wonderful Spring [Festival], spent cheerfully with your family. I hope that this year everyone is happy, content, and satisfied! In case you missed it, Zuckerberg first publicly spoke Chinese in October last year, when he conducted a 30-minute Q&A entirely in Mandarin. Feel free to discuss Zuck's pursuit of Chinese and/or the translation in the comments!...

Languages are rich, dynamic networks, constantly changing with time. Translators have their work cut out for them, having to familiarize themselves with slang, idioms, and other twists of speech. (See what we did there?) Moreover, every language has a mountain of cultural baggage behind it and certain languages have words that are so culturally specific that they are impossible to render into English. We know that there are tons of these lists out there, and we love them all so we wanted to make our own. Here are our 25 favorite untranslatable words: Hiraeth [HEER-ey-eth] (noun), Welsch - Hailing from traditional Welsh poetry, hiraeth is the feeling of longing for a home to which you can never return, which perhaps never even existed in the first place. Think of the rose-tinted nostalgia you have for your good, old college days; if you went back now you’d find your campus an alienating place filled with youths in Ugg boots taking selfies....

Today we're happy to announce that Unbabel has teamed up with Alexis Ohanian and reddit to translate Upvoted, a podcast for the stories behind the stories that hit reddit's frontpages, into Spanish. [gallery ids="417,418,419,420,421,422"] Every day, hundreds of thousands of votes are cast across thousands of communities on reddit. reddit propels people and ideas to an audience of millions. We created this podcast so we can delve deeper and go beyond those upvotes -- to learn more about the stories that hit our frontpages and left a lasting impression. Hopefully, we’ll gain further insight into ourselves as well as the communities we love that make reddit so special. As of today, we have transcribed and translated Episode 0 and Episode 1 into Spanish, with the talented and amazing Unbabel Community hard at work on Episodes 2-4. Check out the Upvoted subreddit for more information on ways to listen (highly recommended). New episodes are released every Thursday. To read...