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On September 30, 1953, the world first recognized International Translation Day. The date was chosen to honor the birthday of St. Jerome, who translated the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into Latin in the late 300s.
 
Translation is increasingly important as globalization creates a more interconnected world. Most translators work for the government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), or multinational corporations. Translators “help politicians negotiate complicated treaties and agreements to avoid international conflicts and wars, help parents obtain the necessary treatment for a sick child in an emergency room . . . ensure that machinery can be used safely around the world through professionally-translated technical manuals, and that software is localized so that we can all use it in our primary language.”
avoid
Verb

to stay away from something.

complicate
Verb

to make more complex, difficult, or detailed.

conflict
Noun

a disagreement or fight, usually over ideas or procedures.

ensure
Verb

to guarantee.

Noun

connection of different parts of the world resulting in the expansion of international cultural, economic, and political activities.

government
Noun

system or order of a nation, state, or other political unit.

immigrant
Noun

person who moves to a new country or region.

interconnected
Adjective

connected with one another.

international
Adjective

having to do with more than one country.

language
Noun

set of sounds, gestures, or symbols that allows people to communicate.

Latin
Noun

language of ancient Rome and the Roman Empire.

law
Noun

public rule.

machinery
Noun

mechanical appliances or tools used in manufacturing.

manual
Noun

small instructional booklet.

multinational corporation
Noun

business that manages the production of goods or delivers services in several countries.

necessary
Adjective

required or needed.

negotiate
Verb

to discuss with others of different viewpoints in order to reach an agreement, contract, or treaty.

NGO
Noun

non-governmental organization.

obtain
Verb

to get or take possession of.

politician
Noun

person who serves as a representative of the citizens of a geographic area to the local, state, or national government.

primary
Adjective

first or most important.

recognize
Verb

to identify or acknowledge.

software
Noun

electronic programs of code that tell computers what to do.

translate
Verb

to turn written or spoken text into a different language.

translation
Noun

version of something in a new or different language from the original.

treaty
Noun

official agreement between groups of people.

war
Noun

large-scale armed conflict.

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