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Why Does Japanese Use Chinese Characters (Kanji)?

With the popularity of Japanese anime, manga, and pop culture, there has been a rise in Japanese language learners internationally. For these learners, one of the major difficulties in learning the Japanese language is its writing systems, three of them to be exact: katakana, hiragana, and kanji.

Having three systems can complicate things for language learners and as a localization studio, we have to make sure that the right character set is used.

For native English speakers, the phonetic systems of katakana and hiragana are relatively simple, but then there's kanji. Kanji, Chinese characters used in Japanese, has over 2,000 commonly used characters. A frustrated language learner may ask: why does Japanese, a language completely different from Chinese, use Chinese characters?

In this blog, we will discuss the historical origins of Japanese writing, an overview of the three writing systems, and arguments for and against kanji.

Topics: Translation & Localization multimedia Japanese

3 Benefits of Working with a Localization Studio

Translation and localization help build a global audience for your business and your brand. Many businesses are not sure how to go about localizing their content for another country. That's why there are multimedia localization studios, like JBI Studios, that specialize in services such as dubbing in a foreign language or creating captions and subtitles to connect your brand to audiences around the world. Here are three main benefits of working with a localization studio.

Topics: multimedia localization translation

5 Reasons Why Captions and Subtitles are Awesome

Ever watch a large ensemble show with an expansive world and strong accents (we're looking at you Game of Thrones) and ask, "What did she just say?" This scenario highlights the importance of captioning and subtitling: instead of missing what a character said and getting concentration fatigue, captions will show you the dialogue and keep you engaged in the story.

In fact, according to a National Institute of Health study, the benefits of subtitling and captioning include better learning comprehension, attention, and memory of video content for all audiences, not just the hearing impaired or ESL learners. 

As a localization studio with captioning/subtitling services, that's great to hear! In this article, we will discuss five reasons why captions and subtitles are awesome. We will also address some of the arguments raised against them. 

Please note: the benefits below apply to both captions and subtitles, though some of the examples may be specific to one or the other. We will go into more detail in benefit #3 on the differences between captioning and subtitling.

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Topics: Subtitles & Captions Translation & Localization multimedia

Traditional vs. Simplified Characters: A Brief History of Chinese Writing

Chinese is currently the most widely spoken language in the world at roughly 1.2 billion speakers worldwide. One major characteristic of the language is its writing system with thousands of characters containing intricate lines and shapes. However, did you know that there are two Chinese writing systems: traditional and simplified? Here at JBI Studios, we work with a large number of Chinese translation, subtitling, and voice-over projects. Knowing the difference between the two systems is essential.

So what is the difference between traditional and simplified and why do both exist? To confuse language learners? The real answer is actually much more complicated and interesting.

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Topics: Subtitles & Captions Translation & Localization multimedia Chinese

Deepfakes and the Future of Voice Acting

As a professional localization studio, we pride ourselves with working with some of the best voice talent in the world. Great voice-over actors are able to modulate their voices and express strong emotions with such ease and complexity that it's hard to believe that a computer would ever be able to do so. Enter deepfakes. Deepfakes are a harbinger of the drastic changes to come in the entertainment, media, and political landscape.

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Topics: Voice-over & Audio Text-to-speech multimedia

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