Let’s Celebrate French Language Day and Embrace Francophonie

«Liberté, égalité, fraternité» – rarely has a saying like this famous motto from the French Revolution been more adequate than today: the day the World celebrates, once again, the international French Language Day.

When has this expression, usually ascribed to the French statesman Maximilien Robespierre, been more appropriate than in the current moment of international upheaval that we are living in today, with wars and crisis all over the world and millions experiencing on a daily basis that «liberty, equality, fraternity» may after all be nothing more than wishful thinking?

But let’s not ponder too much and celebrate Francophonie instead. After all, French is spoken by more than 350 million people in the world and is the official language in 27 countries. Who has never fallen in love with the paintings of Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, or Paul Cézanne; the music of Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel or Hector Berlioz; the voices of Édith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, or Serge Gainsbourg; the writings of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Alexandre Dumas, or Jules Verne; the beauty and brilliance of Brigitte Bardot, Gérard Depardieu, Catherine Deneuve, Alain Delon, Juliette Binoche, or Jean-Paul Belmondo; or even the prowess of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Zinédine Zidane, Michel Platini, or Astérix? There is an almost seemingly inexhaustible source of French culture and heritage that is second to none.

The United Nations started to commemorate French Language Day every year on March 20, 2010, to «celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish) throughout the Organization». This date traces back to the founding, in 1970, of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), a group whose 77 member-states share a common tongue and which aims to promote the French language and cultural diversity.

French Language Day has been celebrated annually and one of its key objectives is to promote linguistic diversity and multilingualism, values that are at the heart of the United Nations’ mission for peace, cooperation, and understanding among nations.

Moreover, French Language Day serves as an opportunity to reflect on the role of language in fostering inclusiveness and building bridges between people of different backgrounds. In an increasingly interconnected world, proficiency in multiple languages, including French, opens doors to new opportunities and facilitates cross-cultural understanding and cooperation.

We at TETRAEPIK are no strangers to building bridges and linguistic diversity and, therefore, embrace and honour Francophonie and all their native speakers, language enthusiasts or simply curious about the French language and its heritage. Make the most of this date and occasion to explore, learn, and celebrate the beauty of French.

Or, as the French poet and journalist Anatole France once wrote: «La langue française est une femme. Et cette femme est si belle, si fière, si modeste, si hardie, touchante, voluptueuse, chaste, noble, familière, folle, sage, qu’on l’aime de toute son âme, et qu’on n’est jamais tenté de lui être infidèle.» («The French language is a woman. And this woman is so beautiful, so proud, so modest, so bold, touching, voluptuous, chaste, noble, familiar, mad, wise, that we love her with all our soul, and are never tempted to be unfaithful to her.»)

GROW with SAP

Steve Jobs, visionary co-founder of Apple Inc., once said, «The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” And that makes perfect sense for TETRAEPIK, which has been loving, for over 26 years now, to do what it does for and with SAP SE, the German technological giant that leads the global market in enterprise application software.

“Run Simple”, no matter what

In line with its operational principle of «Run Simple”, SAP has helped TETRAEPIK grow, navigate constant market changes, and turn dreams into reality. Obviously it hasn’t been simple all the time, but wasn’t it another visionary, called Albert Einstein, who stated, «In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity!»?

TETRAEPIK has had its fair share of difficulties throughout its 26-year journey. When we dared to dream in 1997 of having our own language services agency, we were far from believing it would be a walk in the park. It wasn’t then, it hasn’t been since… it never is, actually. But we’re acutely aware that it would have been immensely more difficult if SAP hadn’t placed its trust in a newly formed company in early 1998, created by four daring, bold, and – why not – visionary translators.

Our role alongside SAP

We have always believed in our crucial role in harmonizing relationships between companies, institutions, and individuals from different countries, cultures, origins, and societies, as well as eliminating seemingly insurmountable language barriers. But doing so alongside the German giant and its global ecosystem allowed us to grow with SAP and break some paradigms.

After all, inexperience, youth, and irreverence can be assets, and being located on the fringes of Europe doesn’t necessarily have to be a disadvantage. We turned these challenges into opportunities and built bridges to Brazil, to the Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa, and to practically all European countries.

Adversity, bridges, and partnerships

SAP also helped us build other bridges, bringing us closer to agencies and customers worldwide, enabling us to partake in international partnerships and ultimately to found, together with 10 other agencies, a «business hub» called ASAP Globalizers, of which we are extremely proud.

Even during the most challenging moments, such as the Great Recession from 2007 to 2009, the International Bailout to Portugal from 2011 to 2013, the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, and more recently, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, SAP has always stood by our side. It always believed that we could maintain our high levels of quality, commitment, and dedication, continuing to provide exemplary services with strict adherence to deadlines, unparalleled translation accuracy, and incomparable friendliness to everyone – all at competitive prices. In short, it always believed that we would uphold TETRAEPIK’s four guiding values: Efficiency, Precision, Interactivity, and Know-how.

Awards and future

We believe SAP has never regretted opening its doors to us in 1998. In fact, it proved this by awarding us the «Translation Partner of the Year» in 2006/07 and highlighting our 25-year collaboration in 2023, granting us the «Long Service Award.”

We aim to continue earning the trust of SAP and all our other customers. That’s why we are committed to overcoming the challenges that Artificial Intelligence is already posing to our industry. After all, TETRAEPIK is convinced that what Abraham Lincoln once said makes perfect sense: «The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

International Mother Language Day: Celebrating Linguistic Diversity

International Mother Language Day, observed globally on February 21, is a special occasion to recognize the importance of languages in preserving cultural identity and promoting linguistic diversity all over the world. Proclaimed by UNESCO in 1999, this day highlights the need to protect and value all mother languages, which are an essential part of each individual’s and community’s cultural heritage.

The mother language is the first language we learn, usually in childhood, and the one that is most familiar to us. It is an important part of our cultural identity, enabling us to communicate with those around us.

 

The Importance of the Mother Language

The mother language plays a fundamental role in everyone’s life. It is through it that we express our thoughts and feelings, revealing our identity. Additionally, the mother language forms the foundation for the educational and intellectual development of every human being, as well as for the exchange of knowledge and cultural traditions from generation to generation.

 

Preserving Linguistic Diversity

This day also seeks to raise awareness about linguistic diversity. It is after all one of humanity’s richest and most fascinating characteristics, with approximately 7,000 languages spoken worldwide, each with its own history, structure, and cultural significance. However, many of these languages are at risk of disappearing due to globalization, migration and cultural assimilation. The loss of a language is a loss for all of humanity. Today serves as a reminder of the importance of protecting and promoting this diversity by celebrating and valuing all languages.

 

The Role of Language Services in the Celebration of the Mother Language

As a language services agency, we recognize the vital importance of the mother language in all aspects of life. Our mission is to assist in preserving and promoting mother languages by providing translation, localization, and interpretation services in a variety of language combinations. Our work enables people to communicate with each other in their mother language, regardless of the language that is actually spoken. By facilitating communication across different languages and cultures, we contribute to the preservation of linguistic and cultural diversity worldwide.

Through translation and localization into various languages, we enable individuals from different cultures to access information in their own language. With simultaneous interpretation, individuals from different cultures and speaking different languages can communicate during meetings and events, often hubs of significant advancements in various fields of knowledge, such as medicine or technology.

On this International Mother Language Day, we celebrate the importance of the mother language and the richness of linguistic diversity. Together, we can collaborate to preserve and promote mother languages, ensuring that every voice is heard, and every story is told.

2024 Trends in the IT World: What Companies Need to Know

The Information Technology (IT) industry is in constant evolution, and the trends for 2024 are no exception. IT companies that aim to stay competitive need to be aware of these trends and take measures to consider them in their business strategies.

In 2024, we will witness a technological scenario filled with innovations and breakthroughs that promise to revolutionize the way we conduct business, interact, and access information. In this article, we will delve into some of the most impactful trends that are shaping the future of IT and how these changes may directly influence companies in this industry.

Expanding Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) continues to be a transformative power in various industries and will become more and more sophisticated and accessible, with applications in numerous areas, including task automation, data analysis, and decision-making. With breakthroughs in machine learning algorithms and Natural Language Processing, AI applications will become even more robust. From chatbots and virtual assistants to predictive analytics systems, IT companies are using AI to optimize processes, customize user experiences, and boost operational efficiency.

Internet of Things (IoT)

IoT will continue to connect devices and physical objects to the internet, generating large amounts of data that can be used to enhance efficiency and productivity.

Cybersecurity

Technological advancements lead to cybersecurity being a growing concern for IT companies.

In 2024, security will become an even higher priority for the companies in this industry. Advanced solutions, such as AI for threat detection, quantum encryption, and biometric authentication, will be implemented to protect sensitive data and ensure the integrity of digital operations.

Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a technology that uses software to automate repetitive tasks. This way, people can focus freely on more creative and complex activities, while mundane tasks are efficiently handled by the software.

With the ability to automate repetitive tasks, IT companies are leveraging RPA to increase efficiency, reduce errors, and free up resources for more strategic activities.

Cloud Computing

With the demand for real-time data storage and processing, the cloud will become the backbone of digital infrastructure. This will provide not only scalability, flexibility, and savings in matters of resources but also pave the way for new business models.

Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR and AR): VR and AR will gain momentum in 2024, with applications in areas such as entertainment and marketing.

Rising Quantum Computing

Quantum computing promises to revolutionize the way we process information, through the use of qubits, which are quantum units. Qubits have unique properties like superposition and entanglement, allowing quantum computers to solve certain types of problems much faster than traditional computers. While quantum computing is still in an early stage of development and faces technical challenges before becoming widely available, we still expect major breakthroughs in this area.

 

Impact of these Trends on IT Companies

AI can be used to automate repetitive tasks, freeing up employees to focus on more strategic tasks. It can also be a crucial support in decision-making by collecting, processing, and summarizing data about the state of the business.

IoT can be used to collect data about customers and business processes, that may be used to improve customer experiences and operational efficiency.

Cybersecurity is crucial in protecting the data and infrastructure of the IT companies.

Cloud computing offers IT companies the flexibility and scalability needed to meet the demands of a constantly changing market.

VR and AR can be used to create engaging and interactive experiences for customers and staff.

 

IT and Linguistic Services

With the expansion of AI, global companies need linguistic services to reach customers everywhere in the world.

Additionally, cybersecurity is a growing concern for companies dealing with sensitive data. Ensuring the integrity and confidentiality of this data requires not only robust security measures but also specialized translation and interpretation services to make it possible to handle documents and communications in different languages.

The trends in IT for 2024 are inherently linked to linguistic services. As IT companies seek to expand beyond borders and adopt new technologies, the need for specialized linguistic services becomes even more crucial. As strategic partners, linguistic service agencies must be aware of these trends and adapt their services to meet the diverse demands of the globalized and digitized market.

 

How do Linguistic Services Relate to these Trends?

Linguistic services are essential for IT companies that wish to communicate with customers and partners all over the world. The IT trends for 2024 will further increase the demand for linguistic services as IT companies expand their operations to new markets and use technology to connect with customers from different cultures.

Here we have some specific examples of how linguistic services can help IT companies leverage the IT trends for 2024:

  • Translation and localization of content into different languages are essential for IT companies to reach customers and partners worldwide.
  • Simultaneous interpretation can be used to facilitate communication between people speaking different languages in meetings and events.
  • Creative writing services can help IT companies create engaging and informative content for their marketing channels.
  • IT companies looking to benefit from the IT trends for 2024 need to invest in high-quality linguistic services. An experienced linguistic services agency can help IT companies find translation, localization, interpretation, and creative writing solutions that meet their specific needs.

Conclusion

The IT trends for 2024 offer a significant opportunity for IT companies looking to differentiate themselves from the competition. By investing in high-quality linguistic services, IT companies can leverage these trends to reach new markets, improve customer experience, and increase operational efficiency.

Certifications – What are they and what are they good for?

This topic usually raises some questions.

The certification of a translation is nothing more than the confirmation of the translator’s identity. In fact, a certification does not certify the quality of the translation, but only confirms that the alleged translator is, in reality, the person he or she claims to be and also ensures the legal validity of the translation.

Nowadays certifications are a highly requested type of formal attestation, especially when it comes to legal documents: criminal records, birth or marriage certificates and other similar documents. All legal processes require certifications, whether in processes of application for citizenship, civil or judicial processes or applications to schools and universities.

The certification allows legal recognition and allows translated documents to be accepted by official entities, both in Portugal and internationally.

In Portugal, the certification of translations is issued by notaries, lawyers, solicitors or consulates, and always requires the attachment of the original documents, that have been used as the source for the translation that requires said certification.

The certification draft is composed of several essential data that make the document reliable:

Name and personal identification number of both parties involved (the author of the translation and the person who certifies the translator’s identity), the language combination in question and, sometimes, type of document and issuing entity.

Once the original document has been delivered, the translation is done and it is time to certify it. The draft, the original document and the translation are stapled, resulting in a new document duly signed and stamped. The different parts of the document cannot be separated for other purposes.

In some cases, namely when the original documents cannot/should not be violated, such as driving licences, diplomas or personal ID cards, it is necessary to issue a certified copy of the original document. This procedure has to precede the translation and the respective certification and is usually done at a Portuguese postal service station, a law firm, at some solicitor or a notary office.

Some situations may also require that the certified translation is presented to the Portuguese Public Prosecutor’s Office (Procuradoria Geral da República), in order to receive an apostille that gives the translation equal force in law in any jurisdiction and country signatory to the Hague Convention. Unlike the translation certification, which attests to the translator’s identity and, as such, ensures the legality of the translation, the apostille is another formality that ensures the reliability of the entire process, through the certification of the entity that issued the document. You can check which countries are part of the Hague Convention here: https://www.hcch.net/pt/states/hcch-members.

In some foreign countries, the certification of translations is done by so-called “sworn translators”. In Portugal though this legal figure does not exist and, therefore, certifications can only be obtained by the above-mentioned entities.

In any case, we advise every customer to require proper information at the entities that require the certified translations, in order to obtain precise instructions about which documents need to be delivered and what the appropriate procedures would be.

We hope that this article helps you understand the certification process of translations. But if you still have any questions, just talk to us!