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Thread poster: SEA Language
SEA Language
India
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May 23, 2015

Hello Folks,

I am all set to open up a startup small sized company with a focus only on Southeast Asian languages. I would like your suggestions as the name of the business. I have thought of "SEA Language" or "SEA Languages" but it sounds bit typical.

Regards,
D.B


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ATIL KAYHAN  Identity Verified
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SEAL Inc. May 23, 2015

Depending upon the company type, of course. The above assumes it is incorporated.

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Balasubramaniam L.  Identity Verified
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Simha Translations May 24, 2015

This name is based on Singapore the most prominent city-state of the region. The name Singapore is derived from the Sankrit word Simhapur meaning Lion City.

Taking Simha out of this, we can coin a name like Simha Translations. It is exotic sounding, easy to pronounce and remember and is culturally relevant to the region as most of the countries there have a rich Hindu past, particularly Indonesia.


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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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One possibility May 24, 2015

How about Focus SEAL?

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Edward Vreeburg  Identity Verified
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it really depends on where your clients are from May 26, 2015

Will you be translating European into SEA languages?
-> go for SEA language, it also refers to "see" and "sea" (large body of water)
and it is easy to pronounce...

Are your clients more local business, you might want to go for something more exotic and culturaly relevant.... of that is understood by people in different languages...

Personally I would hesitate to take a job from Simha Translations, exactly because it refers to an Indian/ Sanskrit name - which are generally not the best paying clients in the world...


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Tom in London
United Kingdom
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Aye aye me hearties! Shiver me timbers! May 26, 2015

I see no sense in trying to be slick, just for the sake of it.

I would advise against "SEA language" as in the English-speaking world it might suggest frivolous associations (see, for example, the title of this post: a couple of the associations that spontaneously suggest themselves).

I would also advise against "SEAL" since this would have associations with sea-lions, "sealing" things (chemical products), or US Navy Seals.

Why not be simple, obvious, and clear, and go for "Southeast Asian Language Translations"? Someone like me would immediately understand what your business is. It reads as calm and professional, although there is a risk that it might degrade into another acronym: SALT.

[Edited at 2015-05-26 10:11 GMT]


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Richard Foulkes  Identity Verified
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Do you have any specialisations? May 26, 2015

Perhaps that would provide some guidance, e.g. SEA Financial Translations. Or something slightly more generic such as SEA Commercial Translations.

That could simultaneously provide a focus for your business while letting clients know exactly what you do.


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SEA Language
India
English to Karen
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No strings attached! May 26, 2015

Hi,

Thanks Sheila, but SEAL will definitely mislead with US Navy SEAL, or something else, as already said by Tom (in London). How about SEALTS (SEA Language Translation Services)?

Simha Translations doesn't seems good because it doesn't reflect anything about the target language/targeted market (SEA countries) except, Singapore.

Tom, I have also have to keep in my mind about the logo and also the domain name. So, i prefer not to go with the very long names. If I keep SEA, I can use this acronym to use in the company logo and dns. What do you think of SEALTS?

Richard, thank you for suggesting SEA Commercial Translations. This is the best I liked so far.

Any more suggestions?


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SEA Language
India
English to Karen
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TranslAsia or TransAsia? May 26, 2015

How about TranslAsia or TransAsia? I am not sure if any company exists with this name but I am sure that a dot com domain with this name will cost me millions to book.

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Balasubramaniam L.  Identity Verified
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Be careful with discussing these in public forums May 27, 2015

SEA Language wrote:

How about TranslAsia or TransAsia? I am not sure if any company exists with this name but I am sure that a dot com domain with this name will cost me millions to book.


If I were you, I would be very careful about discussing these issues in a public forum like proz.com as it is quite easy for a mischief maker to register a domain with these names for a few dollars and then you will have to pay a premium to him to get that name for yourself.

Or worse, a competitor might pinch the names you come up with and use it for his company.

These things are best done behind closed doors, or with a select list of reliable people through private emails, if you want to brainstorm your ideas.


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