Captains of the Translation Industry Talk About the Single Biggest Thing They've Learnt
TAUS spoke with Eric Liu, General Manager of Alibaba Language.
At the core of the conversation lies this question: ‘What is the single biggest lesson that you have learnt about the translation industry?’’
Eric Liu: I come from a cosmopolitan background, being born in China and studying in the US, and gained experience of cross-border business when I was young. I then started my own crowdsourcing company in China in 2011 to improve localization in the country. Due to this, the biggest thing I learnt about the industry was that people who do not work in translation have a very hard time grasping facts about languages apart from their own. They simply don’t realize what it means for other people to need versions of content in their own language.