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Making accessible Word documents

No clear thinking organisation would deliberately exclude potential clients or customers. Yet if you aren’t providing your audience with accessible Word documents, you may be doing exactly that.

For some organisations, particularly government bodies, making their information accessible is a legislative requirement. Even when it’s not, there’s significant risk of reputation damage in failing to meet basic accessibility standards. One famous example that still resonates was the official website for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, which resulted in sustained criticism for games organisers for their ‘failure to provide a web site which was accessible’ when blind web user Bruce Maguire lodged a formal complaint with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.

The financial cost of inaccessible documentation

There is another good reason for making your information accessible, not just because the law says you have to or you might be publicly ‘pantsed’ if you don’t. It also makes financial sense. Why would any business want to ignore a significant proportion of the population, who may have a need for their goods or services?

When it comes to usability, people generally think of a website – which is, in many cases, the most obvious public presence a business has. And any web designer worth their salt should have at least a basic understanding of W3C accessibility standards.

But what about the documents, such as Microsoft Word or PDF files, that you create? These are often overlooked, and this simply should not be the case.

Using styles to make documents accessible

When it comes to Word, the quickest and easier way to improve the accessibility of your documents is to apply styles to your content. Using styles can improve the appearance of your documents and increase productivity. Another great advantage is that they also make your Word documents more accessible for people using screen readers (for example, people with a visual impairment) to verbalise what is displayed on their screen.

For most organisations this means raising the skill level of their staff so they understand how to apply styles correctly. Word’s great advantage is that it is very easy to use, but this can also be its Achilles heel.

Most novice users, when they want to create a new heading, will manually apply formatting to the relevant text (e.g. bold, 14 point font) to distinguish it from the body text. The trouble is, a screen reader has no way of knowing what level heading this is, or how it relates to the other text.

If the user instead applies the ‘Heading 1’ style, then a person using a screen reader is informed that this is in a fact a heading, and where it fits in the hierarchy of headings in the document.

Educating users

Part of the problem might be that many people don’t like the appearance of the default heading options provided in the Word ‘Normal.dotx’ template, so end up creating their own by manually formatting the text instead. If they understood that they could modify the styles to make the headings and other elements appear as they want, they might be more inclined to use them. An even better option is to provide those users with templates containing pre-formatted styles that adhere to the organisation’s corporate brand.

So, while creating accessible Word documents is clearly good practice, there are often two impediments that need to be overcome. Firstly, people need to understand how to use styles in Word correctly. The second requirement is a Word template containing the styles they need.

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Guest blog by Peter Riches, Principal Consultant, Red Pony | communications. This post first appeared on the Red Pony blog.

Author Peter Riches has been helping clients communicate who they are and what they do for over 10 years. His company, Red Pony, produces clear and compelling text for websites, social media platforms, tenders, proposals, reports and technical documentation.

2M sponsor of XXI FIT World Congress 2017

The team at 2M Language Services is excited to be sponsor of the 2017 FIT World Congress organised by FIT and AUSIT. Most of 2M’s team being NAATI accredited translators and interpreters as well as AUSIT members, they are thrilled to have this event right here on their own doorstep. Every three years, the International Federation Read More

Sports interpreting and Brisbane Global Rugby Tens

Our River City Brisbane is not only host to high profile international political events like G20 but also attracts prime sporting events from tennis tournaments like ATP Brisbane to the AFC Soccer Asian Cup where sports interpreting comes into play. Last weekend saw Brisbane become the centre of the rugby world through the first edition Read More

2M CEO appointed to new NAATI TRAC

2M CEO Tea Dietterich was honoured to be joining fellow industry leaders in the inaugural NAATI TRAC meeting held in Canberra last Thursday 9th of February. The NAATI Board of Directors has recently approved the establishment of the Technical Reference Advisory Committee (TRAC) to provide advice on a range of industry policy issues and to Read More

Meat & Livestock Australia’s latest ad celebrates Modern Australia

Worth a watch, the latest Meat & Livestock Australia’s campaign. We think it’s their best ever and love that it celebrates Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities and Indigenous Heritage. Meat & Livestock Australia has released a politically charged lamb campaign, with an ad that celebrates diversity and asks “Aren’t we all boat people?” as Read More

Christmas greetings from the 2M Team!

 The 2M team wishes you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year! Thank you for your support & trust throughout the year! The 2M family yet again grown on both sides of the ocean, and whilst we embrace the digital age with BYOD, automation & innovation, our biggest THANK YOU goes to our extraordinary Read More

Chocolate Croissant with a melted Brownie? It’s all about Options!

The other day I went to a patisserie in Brisbane in search for chocolate croissants. First a lovely girl apologised profusely that they didn’t have any, but did offer almond croissants instead. No, we didn’t want almond, it had to be a chocolate croissant. Just as we were heading out the door, a colleague proactively Read More

Australian Embassy Paris Event: Why gender equality means business

Our CEO Tea Dietterich was one of the panel speakers at last night’s Australian Women in Business Event on gender equality at the Australian Embassy Paris. In 2016, across the world, women only fill 20% of senior positions despite representing about 50% of the workforce. So what do we need to do to reach the Read More

French links at the 2016 Premier’s NSW Export Awards

On the 26th of October, 2M CEO and ABIE France (Australian Business in Europe) Board Director Tea Dietterich presented at the 2016 Premier’s NSW Export Awards Ceremony in Sydney. Tea was one of the judges and describes the quality of the submissions as exceptional and the stories behind them as inspirational. Tea is pleased to share some of the Read More

Queensland and New South Wales Export Awards 2016

On the 20th and 26th of October, 2M Language Services attended the 2016 Export Awards ceremonies of Queensland and New South Wales respectively. Every year, each state celebrates the outstanding international success of their state’s best exporters in various categories such as digital technologies, agribusiness, education & training and business services. The winner of each Read More

Official opening of the Brisbane Oktoberfest

Last Friday our General Manager Susanne Creak attended “Anzapfen”, the official opening of the Brisbane Oktoberfest. Susanne sits on the Queensland Chapter Committee of the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce and joined other friends from German cultural and business circles and official guests of the Brisbane Honorary Consul to witness the traditional festival opening up close. After Read More

2M Update – Video Translation and Preparing for Attractive Messaging

Cold is with the monkey’s ears and toes. Then travel trips taken away go, and wishes are hopping and trees are wet. Food is sitting with weather flying and TV shows on radios are lazy. Confused? I’ve just used quite a common language – gibberish. Gibberish, or nonsensical speech, must have been around since humans Read More

2M Conference Interpreters at the FATF Conference in Korea

Korea was the host this year of the annual Conference of the Financial Action Task Force, an inter-governmental body that deals with matters relating to combatting money laundering and terrorism financing. After 2M already provided the conference interpreters for this conference in Brisbane last year when Australia was hosting the conference,  it was again the Read More

German Chamber of Industry & Commerce Breakfast Series

Medical Research is a Global Activity 2M General Manager Susanne Creak organised with the other members of the QLD Chapter Committee of the German Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce the latest breakfast seminar in Brisbane, on the topic of Medical Research Is a Global Activity. Professor Frank Gannon, Director and CEO of the QIMR Read More

Australian Regulator Condemns Lack of Translation in Share Listings

You should not sign off on something you do not understand. This, in short, was a key message of a report published in early July 2016 by Australia’s Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC), Australia’s corporate, markets, and financial services regulator. The report reviewed due diligence practices of issuers of securities under an initial public offering (IPO). An IPO is Read More

Energy & Resources: Decarbonisation & Divestment

Yesterday morning 2M CEO Tea Dietterich and Senior Project Manager Maïté René-Watts attended the Energy & Resources industry breakfast: Decarbonisation & Divestment organized by FACCI (French Australian Chamber of Industry & Commerce). Chris Greig, Director, UQ Energy Initiative, & Director, Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation, gave an excellent presentation on the transition to a low carbon economy and what is really possible. Read More

International SEO and where to hide a dead body…

A few years ago a roof scratching bush turkey next door drove us nearly insane. We contemplated all kinds of adventurous ways to get rid of him including throwing him onto the barbie, but as an Australian endemic animal he was protected, so I googled “remove annoying bush turkey” and dialled the number mentioned in Read More

2M Sponsor of 2016 Premier’s NSW Export Awards

2M Sponsor of NSW Export Awards: be recognised as an international business champion and join us in celebrating excellence in international business Apply online today! The Premier’s NSW Export Awards, hosted by the Export Council of Australia with the support of the NSW Government and sponsors, is the platform through which we recognise excellence, celebrate Read More

Nominations for 2016 Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Awards closing soon

In 2015 our 2M CEO Tea Dietterich won the category for Multicultural Business Person of the Year at the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Awards for Business. Nominations for the 2016 Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Awards for Business close on 15 June. The Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Awards for Business celebrate the contribution multicultural businesses make to the Brisbane economy and community through Read More

Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove welcomed in Paris

Yesterday morning Sir Peter Cosgrove, our Governor General, was welcomed in Paris at the Australian Embassy. The moment was ideal after the Australian Government had announced the 50 billion contract to build submarines was going to DCNS in France. An impressive state visit saw Cosgrove received by French President Hollande. When the Australian business community Read More

On BYO and Survival of the Fittest

When I arrived on the shores of Sydney in 1997, Down Under had a whole swag of surprises and cultural curiosities for me. One of the things I learned quickly was the BYO formula. Bring your wine to the restaurant, bring your chair to a neighbour’s garden party… I was fascinated how simple everything was. Read More

Museum of Oceanography in Monaco is preparing for Australian exhibit

2M Language Services CEO Tea Dietterich recently visited the Museum of Oceanography in Monaco ahead of the “Defending the Oceans” QLD Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Exhibition. Warmly welcomed by Museum Curator Patrick Piguet, Tea was shown all sites and venues including the spectacular rooftop terrace which will be covered by a Torres Strait Island painting. Read More

2M CEO and AALC President Tea Dietterich kicks off New Year

  Dear AALC Members, Colleagues and all Industry Partners, The New Year is already in full swing here at the AALC and we hope all of you had a safe and gentle start into 2016.  We hope the New Year will be a successful and inspirational one for all of you and the AALC Board has Read More

Tea Dietterich wins Multicultural Business Award

Tea Dietterich, CEO of 2M Language Services won in the category Business person of the year at the 2015 Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Awards for Business. This award recognises a multicultural Brisbane business leader who successfully exports their products and services from Brisbane, throughout Australia, and across Asia Pacific or internationally. The award celebrates the recipient’s contribution to Read More

Abie France Rentree Dinner Paris

With the sun setting over Paris, SAFRAN HQ provided a beautiful venue with a stunning backdrop of the City of Light for the 2015 ABIE FRANCE Rentrée Dinner on the 29th of September, which was yet again a lively soirée with excellent food & wine and most importantly good company. 2M CEO Tea Dietterich sits Read More

Congratulations to QLD Export Awards Winners!

What a night! While celebrating the international success of our QLD Export Awards winners, the good news didn’t stop with 2M winning the Etihad Airways Tickets to London to top of the night. 2M General Manager Susanne Creak and BDM Maïté René-Watts mingled and partied with QLD’s international trade & export leaders to celebrate our Read More

2M Team welcomes new PM Malcolm Turnbull

In February 2M CEO Tea Dietterich had the privilege to spend an evening at the Turnbulls’ Point Piper residence for an event organised by the Germany Australian Chamber of Industry & Commerce and hosted by the Chamber’s President Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO and the then Minister of Communications, Hon. Malcolm Turnbull. She had said back Read More

Australian Ambassador to Germany visits Brisbane

The Australian Ambassador to Germany, Mr. David Ritchie AO, is currently attending to duties in Australia; on the occasion of his visit to Brisbane last week, Kristian Wolf (Executive Director of the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, GACIC) and our 2M General Manager Susanne Creak were given the opportunity to brief His Excellency as well as Read More

2M subtitles BHP Billiton Interview

2M recently subtitled a BHP Billiton video of an Interview with CEO Andrew Mackenzie, Chief People Officer Athalie Williams and Chief Financial Officer Peter Beaven. 2M is proud to be providing language services for BHP Billiton including video translations into Spanish, translation services, subtitling & voice over production and takes the challenges of confidential information, Read More

Australian Art at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco is planning to stage a major Oceanic Art Exhibition focusing primarily on Australian Indigenous art on the thematic of Oceans and Water, from April to September 2016. The exhibition will officially be opened by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco on Tuesday March 22nd 2016. Everyone knows the Casino in Monaco, Read More

Who’s joining us at GALA2016 in NYC next March?

The countdown is on and from 20 – 23 March 2016 localization leaders will descend on NYC to discuss best practices and emerging trends in translation, interpreting, localization, and language technologies. Our GALA conferences are an excellent opportunity for localization professionals to learn, share, and network and I am particularly excited about next year’s conference Read More

2M CEO presenting at Mental Health Conference

Our CEO Tea Dietterich is presenting next Thursday 13 August at the 16th International Mental Health Conference on Reaching out to fragile Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities and how to ensure the message to Multicultural Australia gets across. The 16th International Mental Health Conference will be held at the QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise, from Thursday Read More

2M interpreters for Asia Pacific Cities Summit

There are less than 27 days to go until business and government leaders from 104 cities representing a population of more than 99 million people descend on Brisbane for the 2015 Asia Pacific Cities Summit and Mayors’ Forum (2015APCS). 2M is excited to yet again be providing the simultaneous conference interpreters for this high level Read More

Your clients are already there – are you?

Subscription Economy & Intimate Relationships Do you remember those days when you ducked out to the local video shop when it was raining to find a fab flick for the evening? We were extremely lucky in Brisbane’s Paddington to have one with a huge international section and unfortunately too many tempting Lindt chocolates at the checkout Read More

2M Industry Partner of FECCA 2015 in Sydney

2M is pleased to be partnering up with the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) and proud to be official Industry Partner of the FECCA 2015 National Biennial Conference – Multiculturalism in Action: Building a better future for all Australians. The Conference will be held in Sydney, NSW, on 5-6 November 2015. This year’s conference Read More

2M Interpreters at Financial Action Task Force

Australia is hosting this year the annual Conference of the Financial Action Task Force, an inter-governmental body that deals with matters relating to combatting money laundering and terrorism financing. Up to 600 delegates from around the world are expected to arrive in Brisbane in June 2015 for the international event and 2M is pleased to Read More

Julie Bishop welcomed to Paris by 2M CEO

Last night the Ambassador of Australia to the French Republic, His Excellency Mr Stephen Brady AO CVO, together with our CEO Tea Dietterich and the ABIE France Board (Australian Business in Europe), welcomed the Hon. Julie Bishop MP, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs here to Paris. She is such a warm hearted person and it was a Read More

2M CEO attends GALA Conference in Seville

Our CEO and GALA Board Member Tea Dietterich just returned from the Annual GALA Conference 2015 in Seville. The Annual GALA Language of Business conferences are advanced educational and networking events where localization leaders collectively discuss, share, and debate best practices and emerging trends in translation, localization, and language technologies. The Globalization and Localization Association Read More

Recently visiting clients in Germany, our General Manager Susanne Creak reported back from the Berlin International Film Festival where she attended the world premiere of the German documentary Sprache:Sex (Sex:Speak).

The 80-minute film places its trust in the power of free expression, the art of conversation and the miracle of the encounter, as sixteen people aged between 13 and 74 speak in interviews about their very own personal views and experiences in questions of sexuality and love. Susanne had the pleasure of subtitling this “talking film” into English for presentation at the renowned festival and to

2M GM's subtitles in Berlinale World Premiere

2M GM’s subtitles in Berlinale World Premiere

celebrate its success with the team. Fantastic work Susanne and we’ll certainly keep you posted if it’s shown on Australian screens!

2M is renowned for its audio and video translations and provides subtitling and multilingual voice over production in over 90+ languages.


French connections stepped up…

When Susanne returned last week from the Berlinale, it was Au Revoir Tea! Our CEO has headed back to our 2M Europe Office in Paris again to work further with our export clients in Europe and the US. French connections have been stepped up with 2M now also an active member of the French Australian Chamber Read More

Machine Translation – Road to Hell or Heaven Sent?

The other day one of my mining clients rang me and said: “Tea, we have 1,000,000 words here in Brazilian Portuguese and I need them translated into English within a few days – I need to know what it says. In the past I would have quoted the fabulous words of Darryl Kerrigan, played by Read More

German Chamber – Reception with Malcolm Turnbull

2M CEO Tea Dietterich travelled to Sydney for an inspiring evening at the Turnbull Residence organised by the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce and very kindly hosted by the Chamber’s President Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO and the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Federal Minister for Communications. Tea was able to catch up with the Board of Read More

Communicating in a Changing World

Recently I had a chat to a member of the marketing department of car manufacturer AUDI, and they took me on a journey into the very near future: no need to reach into your glove box for the instruction manual anymore – you will merely hold your smartphone or tablet in front of the dashboard Read More

Video and Audio Translations

Video Translations and Audio Translations have been in strong demand in these days when the way we communicate is changing on a daily basis. Content such as corporate marketing videos, training programs, webinars, or specific videos for travellers or migrants need to be translated… which format is best? And how should you translate your videos? Read More

Website translation – five aspects worth thinking about

Quite some time ago, an Australian company marketing their products in Europe engaged my services to translate some of their website content targeted at German buyers. Up until then, the company’s web pages featured quite rudimentary Google-translated information that, when I read it, had me break out in loud laughter at times… Imagine the “assembly” Read More

Potential and Challenge – Doing business with Africa

The other day I was chatting with one of my clients who just got back from Central Africa and he said to me: “I was just passing through Customs when the bloke in front of me was stopped because of his suitcase. They didn’t want to let him through with his luggage at first. He Read More

2M CEO at annual G20 Strategy & Management Summit in Paris 9 April

G20 Strategy & Management Summit – 9 April 2014 – Paris, France Thanks to a partnership with Leaders League and ABIE France, 2M Language Services CEO and ABIE France Board Member Tea C. Dietterich attended the annual high profile G20 Business Strategy & Management Summit in Paris last Wednesday. Tea mingled with CEOs, CFOs and Read More

2M and Brisbane – We’ll have this city any day

  Last Friday, 2M General Manager Susanne Creak had the pleasure of attending a breakfast with the Honourable Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk, and further representatives from his Office, alongside other invited representatives from Brisbane based businesses. In the setting of one of the recently restored venue rooms in City Hall, the Lord Mayor Read More

Language Industry Leadership at GALA2014 Istanbul

Energised and inspired 2M CEO Tea Dietterich returned a couple of days ago from the GALA Language of Business Conference in Istanbul. Tea attends every year the GALA conference which brings together the industry’s thought-leaders, innovators and influencers. It’s a very open and collaborative environment where innovation is driven through candid discussions and debates about Read More

The G20 in Australia – what’s it all about?

I blogged last year how I was walking back at night to our 2M Europe Office in Paris’ Latin Quarter 5th district and while passing the Place d’Italie, I suddenly found myself surrounded by illuminated billboards boasting our River City Brisbane ahead of the G20 Summit 2014. With Angela Merkel, Barak Obama and other Heads Read More

With ACBC at GOMA’s exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth

Last Wednesday 2M CEO Tea C. Dietterich and General Manager Susanne Creak together with exporters and stakeholders of the Australia China Business Council gathered at the End of Year function at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane to network and view the ACBC sponsored exhibition “Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth”. The year’s most Read More

Why translations – and what’s in it for your organisation?

“It is a bit like preaching to the converted,” said Pino Migliorino, Chair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia, casually during his inviting opening address to FECCA 2013.  The conference, held by FECCA in conjunction with the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) and the Multicultural Communities Council Gold Coast (MCCGC) last Read More

2M wins National Multicultural Marketing Award in Sydney tonight

2M Language Services has won this evening in the Export Category of the 2013 National Multicultural Marketing Awards at the Gala Presentation in Sydney. 2M’s Christiane Roll, Director of Sales, accepted the award on behalf of the company: “A great honour to be amongst these top Australian organisations who have shown most creative and successful Read More

Australian Indigenous languages, the most culturally diverse in the world

Recently I attended the opening ceremony of the monumental installation DAYIWUL LIRLMIM (“Barramundi Scales”) by our very own Aboriginal Australian artist Lena Nyadbi on the rooftop of the Musée du quai Branly in Paris. The permanent Aboriginal work painted by the artist on the museum’s 700sqm roof terrace is now visible to the 7 million Read More

Voice-over or subtitling, which is best?

Did you know that Nicole Kidman is fluent in Italian and Russell Crowe’s French is of excellent command? Not really – but it seems like it when you watch dubbed Hollywood movies in countries like France, Germany and Italy. In Holland and Scandinavia on the other hand, our Aussie actors speak English and viewers can Read More

FECCA Conference

FECCA Conference – Register Early!

As blogged earlier this year – 2M is very proud to be Silver Sponsor at this year’s FECCA Conference, and the event is approaching fast! The biennial conference, organised by the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) in conjunction with the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) and the Multicultural Communities Council Gold Read More

Top misconceptions in language translation for business

Translation of your business messages into foreign languages looks easy these days with the Internet at your fingertips and bilingual friends on call. However, often these friends will translate your messages into the foreign language quite literally.  They will take your words and pose the exact referenceable words against them.  They will not rephrase them Read More


Messaging to multicultural Australia

  One in four Australians were born overseas, and there are more than 22 million people in our country who all contribute different ideas, religions, languages and customs. The diversity of these people makes Australia a unique place to live and creates multiple and versatile markets for our products and services. I often talk about Read More

2M attending Localization World London

  Same as last year, 2M Director Tea Dietterich is heading to London next week for the latest Localization World conference 12- 15 June. With the overarching theme of “Localization in a Shifting Global Economy”, London seems a good choice — arguably the world’s most culturally diverse city as well as leading in world trade. Read More

Simultaneous interpreting and your next conference or meeting

  Walking back to our 2M Europe Office in Paris located in the Latin Quarter 5th district, I passed the Place d’Italie and found myself surrounded by illuminated Brisbane billboards boasting our River City Brisbane ahead of the G20 summit 2014. With Angela Merkel, Barak Obama and other Heads of State heading to the Queensland Read More

Language and expanding into international markets

  Former German chancellor Willy Brandt once famously said: “If I am selling to you, I speak your language. If I’m buying from you, dann müssen Sie schon deutsch sprechen”. When expanding into overseas markets it is important to get the translation of your materials and messaging right. This is even more evident when there Read More

FECCA Conference

2M Silver Sponsor of 2013 FECCA Conference 7-8 Nov Gold Coast

The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) in conjunction with the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) and the Multicultural Communities Council Gold Coast (MCCGC) together with Silver Sponsor 2M Language Services invite you and your organisation to join us at the 2013 FECCA Conference to be held from Thursday 7 to Friday Read More

Multicultural Australia – Harmony Day to celebrate our CALD communities

As many of you know, the annual A Taste of Harmony week runs from 18 – 24 March, where we celebrate diversity in Australian workplaces by encouraging colleagues to share food and stories from their different cultural backgrounds. An initiative of the Scanlon Foundation, A Taste of Harmony coincides with national Harmony Day, which is Read More

Exporting into Laos – Laos joins World Trade Organisation (WTO)

Australian Trade and Competitiveness Minister Craig Emerson has welcomed Laos as the 158th member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Australia supported Laos’s bid to join the WTO, serving two terms as Chair of the Working Party for Laos’s accession and providing technical assistance. Dr Emerson said domestic reforms implemented as part of the joining Read More

2M at GALA – The Business of Language – Miami 2013

The language of communication, the language of marketing, of technology and of translation – that’s our business here at 2M: The Business of Language. As part of the Language Industry Leadership, 2M Director Tea Dietterich is getting ready to head to Miami on 15th March for the annual GALA Conference organised by the Globalization and Read More

Plan ahead to reach your international markets

The Year of the Snake is in full swing by now and this is the right time to plan ahead and include translations and other language services into your international marketing program. This way you ensure that your message reaches your global target markets in international trade or the multilingual audience of culturally and linguistically Read More

2M Language Services Director on SKY NEWS BUSINESS

Lighthearted tips on “How to do Business in Europe” – Interview by Bridie Barry with 2M Language Services Director Tea Dietterich in Sydney in live TV SKY NEWS BUSINESS “Business Class” Program  

Tea Dietterich Appointed to the Board of ABIE France

The team of 2M Language Services congratulates our Director Tea Dietterich on her recent appointment as Board Member of ABIE (Australian Business in Europe) France. ABIE ( is a non-political international business networking organisation with over 1000 international members drawn from both Australian companies with business interests and connections in Europe, and from a wide Read More

2M at tekom Wiesbaden/Germany

During the last week of October, 2M Director Tea Dietterich attended the annual tekom conference in Wiesbaden, Germany. This conference, together with tcworld and tekom fair, is one of the largest global events for technical communication. Of particular interest to 2M was Associations World, a special area of the trade fair where 21 international trade Read More

2M at TM-Europe Translation Management Conference Warsaw Oct 2012

2M Director Tea Dietterich is attending the annual TM-Europe conference in Warsaw 3-6 October 2012. The conference will focus on management issues for the translation and localisation industry, with particular emphasis on process management and standards. The theme for TM-Europe 2012 is ‘The Future of Translation and Localisation’. The industry is currently undergoing major changes Read More

2M Silver Sponsor of National MyLanguage Conference 6- 8 August 2012

2M Language Services is proud to be supporting the national MyLanguage program as the Official Silver Sponsor: The second National MyLanguage Conference 2012 – MyLanguage: Connecting, Collaborating, Creating will be held from 6th – 9th August 2012 at the State Library of Queensland. Come and visit our trade exhibitor stand and meet our team. The Read More

2M Language Services made Common Sense Advisory’s 2012 ranking of the Top Language Service Providers in Oceania

The 2M team is pleased to announce that they have been selected among Oceania’s Top Language Service Providers in the Common Sense Advisory’s annual study: The Language Service Market 2012. Commonsense Advisory is an independent market research company who report regularly on the language service industry and industry best practices in translation, localization, interpreting, globalization, Read More

2M Mandarin Conference Interpreters for Rio Tinto Energy Exchange Breakfast Series

The recent Rio Tinto Energy Exchange Breakfast was the second in a four-part series of Brisbane breakfasts called the ‘Energy Exchange Series’, designed to facilitate broad industry discussion of global energy issuesfacing the energy industry. Each event features internationally acclaimed speakers in a programme proudly supported by Rio Tinto and the Energy Policy Institute of Read More

Simultaneous interpreting at CHOGM for Gillard and Rudd

CHOGM11, Perth. 2M provided simultaneous interpreting for Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, Greg Combet, international economist “NY Times Dr. Doom” Nouriel Roubini, Andrew Forrest and a swag of other global business leaders. CHOGM11 and CBF provided an important week for international trade and put Perth and Australia on the word stage. 2M Read More

Audio Production into 11 Indigenous languages

We are recently recorded an audio production into 11 Indigenous languages incl. Pitjantjatjara, Warlpiri, Arrente, Murinh-patha, Ngaanyatyarra, Kriol, Torres Strait Island Creole, Pinturr/Luritja & Alyawarre. Recordings took place in Darwin, Alice Springs and Cairns and feature Indigenous and Torres STrait Island interpreters and voice talent after extensive briefing with linguistis. The audio files were then Read More

Conference Interpreters Asia Pacific Cities Summit

As language service partner of The Asia Pacific Cities Summit  the team at Multimedia Languages is busy organising all simultaneous conference interpreters for this high profile international conference.  The Asia Pacific Cities Summit is a biennial event promoting business growth, trade, investment and economic outcomes between cities in the Asia Pacific region. The Asia Pacific Read More

Credit Where Credit’s Due: AUSIT Excellence Awards

During the recent natural disasters the Australian public witnessed the importance of the role that our language professionals play in making communication happen in this part of the Asia Pacific Region. Images of Auslan interpreters were beamed around the world as they interpreted the words of Premier Anna Bligh at press conferences during the Brisbane Read More

How to use Colour in Global Marketing

No matter what products or services your company sells, colour is an important branding element. Most companies select colours based on their brand attributes and the image they want to evoke in the target market. But what if your target market is located throughout the world? Colours have strong cultural connotations that may differ widely Read More

International and Galactic Languages in Fremantle

International and Galactic Languages came to Fremantle Professor Paul Frommer, the creator of the Na’vi language from the movie Avatar, came to Fremantle to speak at the Biennial National Conference of the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT) from 5-6 November 2010 as part of his world-wide speaking tour, which includes a recent visit Read More

Meeting with Avatar Na’vi language creator in L.A.

Tea Dietterich meets with Avatar Na’vi language creator in L.A. Multimedia Languages & Marketing Director Tea C. Dietterich just returned from L.A. where whe met with Professor Paul R. Frommer, creator of the Na’vi language for James Cameron’s film “Avatar”. Tea Dietterich, who is also Vice President of AUSIT (Australian Institute of Interpreters & Translators) Read More

Tea Dietterich – Multicultural Entrepreneur

Voted by the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Round Table Brisbane as one of the 5 Multicultural Entrepreneurs in 2009, Tea Dietterich attended the official Multicultural Entrepreneur Banner Launch at the Brisbane City Library on 17th February 2010 together with some of her Spanish voice talents.

MMLM Director on ABC National Radio

MMLM Director Tea C. Dietterich in her capacity as Vice President of the Australian Institute of Interpreters & Translators Inc was invited to speak on ABC National Radio’s Future Tense Program “One beast, many tongues”. To hear the full radio program, please click here

Strata Control in in-seam roadways

2M (formerly MMLM) was commissioned by the German publishing company Verlag Glueckauf to translate the highly technical German mining book “Gebirgsbeherrschung von Flözstrecken”. 2 years in the making with a range of translators, linguists, mining experts and editors working very hard the translation “Strata Control in in-seam roadways” has now been finally published by Glueckauf Read More

DIAC Asian Settlement DVD Voice Over Project

The team at Multimedia Languages & Marketing have just finalised the production of a multilingual DVD for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), the Asian Settlement DVD in Rohingya, Karen, Nepalese, Burmese and Chin Haka. It has been a challenging and interesting project involving translators, checkers, editor, voice talents in these 5 languages as Read More

Rio Tinto: cultural mistakes in China

Rio Tinto: repeating Foster’s cultural mistakes in China   Rio Tinto is repeating Foster’s cultural mistakes in China – and may not see the full costs until much later, writes Dr Mona Chung Rio Tinto has fallen into the same trap as Foster’s Group in failing to recognise China’s unique culture and the importance that relationships Read More

Culture & Globalism

Supporting International Commerce Well and Badly After a week of diving in the Red Sea, we found ourselves wandering around Hurghada al Bahr al Ahmar in Egypt. We couldn’t help but notice that every street vendor queried passing tourists in several languages, beginning with German and English, sometimes trying Russian, as he tried to sell Read More

Multilingual Legal Resource Handbook

NSWYL Human Rights Committee launches the 2nd edition of the New Land New Law handbook in 4 languages After 2 years of writing, rewriting, reviewing, editing, checking and translating, the 2nd edition, 2008, of New Land New Law: A Guide to the Legal System in NSW is finally here! This handbook is a plain language Read More