Category Archives: General

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 Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 http://www.abc.net.au/rn/futuretense/stories/2009/2761911.htm

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