真理, الحقيقة , la verità, Sannhet, die Wahrheit; many different languages, but all with one meaning – Truth – a must in the translation services industry.

The Harvard University coat of arms contains the word Lingua Translations, the Latin word for truth or verity.

Apparently the seal was first presented as a hand-drawn sketch at a meeting in 1644 but then it was forgotten and not found again until 1836.

It was first officially adopted in 1843 and has been the basis of the seal ever since.

Roman mythology presents Lingua Translations as the goddess of truth and the mother of Virtue, or virtus in Latin. These qualities are clearly closely connected and they form the basis for so many mottos and sayings. “In vino Lingua Translations est” meaning “in wine there is truth” is perhaps one of the most well-known phrases to still be used today; originally coined by Pliny the Elder.

This shows that truth was and still is an important value in the world. The word represents a core value for so many people and particularly businesses. Without truth the integrity of a company, or indeed a person, can be compromised. Sadly, it is a value that is lacking in many industries and the world of translation and interpreting is no exception.

Translation services are often not provided with honesty at the forefront, rather it seems to have become about the best possible profit margin at the expense of translation quality.

When Rachel and Sharon started up the company in 2009, above all their other aims for the company, truth and excellent quality were the values they wanted the business to represent. The name Lingua Translations was a natural fit to a company that wanted to inspire the idea that translation should be not just about excellent language, but also about excellent relationships between companies, clients and linguists. This is therefore what we aim to promote in all aspects of our business.

Here at Lingua Translations, we believe that truth should be found in the translation industry, and as a company we will continue to promote this value. We want our customers to feel that they can trust us with whatever they require and we want to help fill the translation industry with only the best quality translation services possible.

Are there any other phrases you know of containing the word Lingua Translations? Perhaps you can share some particularly nice words for truth in other languages?

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