asked their 58,000 Facebook fans which languages they would like to see on the menus in their
The responses were extensive, varied and threw up a few surprises as well. Alongside the more
predictable languages such as Spanish, Italian, Polish, Dutch, Russian, Chinese, Welsh, Japanese,
Bengali, Arabic, Urdu, Portuguese, Hindi, French, and German appeared a number of ‘spoofs’ such
as Cockney, Pirate, Geordie, Klingon and -of course- the Queen’s English.
“We were inundated with suggestions, and TranslateMedia, the translation experts, did a great job
to ensure all our menus read beautifully, from German to Geordie! We hope that our efforts went
some way to welcoming all nationalities to London, whilst commemorating such a special occasion”.
Commented Alex Whitelaw, PR Manager for PizzaExpress.
TranslateMedia oversaw the crowdsourcing element of the project, managing the translators for
the project, who were selected both from PizzaExpress’
team members, and ensuring delivery of the translations to PizzaExpress in time for the big day.
Managing Director of TranslateMedia Patrick Eve says, “It was great for us to work with Pizza Express
on this innovative project and to use social media as a recruitment tool for translation. The energy
and the mass participation in the multilingual menu project highlighted once again the power of
social media to gather people around shared passions, and to boost creativity. It is also great for
us to be able to add some Klingon and Pirate translators onto our books as we never know what
exciting new projects lie around the corner...”
TranslateMedia is a leading global translation agency founded in London, but with offices in
Paris, Munich, New York and Hong Kong. With a network of over 5,000 in country translators and
professional linguists, TranslateMedia provides professional and tailored language services to clients
in a wide range of industries. TranslateMedia is the fourth UK-based agency to be awarded BS EN
15038: 2006, the first European standard to define quality assurance guidelines for translation
service providers. The company’s multilingual expertise encompasses Creative Copy, Multilingual
SEO, International Social Media Monitoring, Transcription, Interpreting, Post Editing and Linguist
Staffing. The team utilises sophisticated translation technology tools, and provide Web Service API
interfaces to interface with clients. To learn more, visit www.translatemedia.com
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TranslateMedia is an award winning translations agency with offices across Europe, Asia and the US. The company specialises in translations for both the private and public sectors, employs over 3000 translators covering 80 languages and multiple sectors