Tembua: The Precision Language Solution Newsletter
Evaluation of Quality in our Industry
February 2015
In This Issue
Upcoming Events and Fun Things
Evaluation of Quality in our Industry
Client Spotlight
Upcoming Events and fun things
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Our ISO 9001/EN 15038 external auditors here next week for annual review of ISO 9001 and EN 15038




Jeff Olsen, is attending the DA4S conference in San Diego.  If you're there, make sure to say hi!


"Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort. "
  John Ruskin  





Tembua's favorite portmanteau word is Tembua!  See others here: Oxford Dictionaries.com  



"The smaller our world becomes, the more important it is that we understand each other."

--Patricia May, CEO & President of Tembua

Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.  


--Henry Ford  

Evaluation of Quality in our Industry 

The Quality of Words  


During the middle of the last century, researchers began to expand the study of linguistics.  

John Rupert,


sometimes called the "first linguist of Britain," developed a theory that encompassed his concept of both prosody, the idea that each person's language is completely individual, and context, the specific way we put words together to create meaning.

These two observations partially explain why evaluating the quality of a translation is so difficult. Not only the prosody and context of the source language must be considered but also the prosody and context of the linguist creating the translation. The same source text can be given to half a dozen different linguists and get half a dozen different results, all correct, but some naturally written better.

At Tembua, we frequently explain this to clients who, understandably, think there is only a single correct translation for any phrase, what is often called "word-for word." A browse through a good monolingual dictionary shows numerous synonyms for many entries, which often can be used interchangeably. Our goal, of course, is to produce translations that are more than simply an approximation of the source text in another language.




To read more, click here  Quality of Words


Client Spotlight
Jackson Lewis, LLP 


Founded in 1958, Jackson Lewis is dedicated to representing management

exclusively in workplace law. With over 780 attorneys practicing in 54 locations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Jackson Lewis is included in the AmLaw 100 and Global 100 rankings of law firms.


Tembua appreciates the smooth work flow that characterizes interaction with our many Jackson Lewis contacts!  


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