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What is the difference between Localization, Globalization, and Internationalization in the translation industry?

With the world expanding to become a global market, interconnecting millions of global users through the various services and content.

The terms “Localization, Globalization, and Internationalization” do not stand as foreign to us today. However, though closely interconnected, these three terms have their own contrasting differences.

 

  • What is Globalization?

Globalization basically stands for the putting up of content or services to the global market. It deals with the algorithm that increases and decreases after your services have been put up for the global market.

As much as the word suggests, through the process, it reaches out to the users at the global level. Meaning your service is now accessible by all who has access to the global market.

  • What is Localization?

Localization is another term that is extensively used in our world today. It can be conceived as the idea of providing multilingual options to your audience.

Localization is generally targeted for the audience of a particular region after which translators and agencies are hired to translate the contents in the local language of the people.

By only putting up your services does not mean it becomes accessible globally because people who do not understand the languages on which your services are based upon will not be able to grasp the contents of what you wish to offer.

  • What is Internationalization?

Internationalization is a basic step that usually goes hand in hand with localization. Before the localization process starts, it is essential that you get knowledge about what the current trends are in a particular region.

Internationalization helps you to secure which regional-based audience you should target and what type of an audience is suitable for the contents of your services and agency, this includes taking into consideration the cultural factors, language, regional preferences, etc.

The three terms thus, go hand in hand, and cannot be diversely explained with its relation with each other. With the world expanding into a global market, the three terms has become an everyday term, and its significance has helped many start-ups today.

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