Monthly Archives: August 2009

A Matter of Preference

As professional translators, we have to offer localized services depending on the public we’re dealing with. That’s why as native speakers of a given country or another, we need to have resources for obtaining the appropriate terminology that is used in a specific country with a specific dialect. In that sense, here are a few […]

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Language Statistics

•    Quantity of living languages: 6912 •    Quantity of language on the verge of extinction: 516 •    Language with the largest quantity of native speakers: Mandarin Chinese •    Language spoken by the largest quantity of non-natives: English (250 million native speakers versus 350 million non-native speakers) •    Country where the largest variety of languages are […]

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More on Dates in Spanish

Dates in Spanish can be spelled out in their entirety, written in a combination of letters and numbers, or only with numbers: a) It is not common for dates to be expressed completely in words: Veintiocho de septiembre de mil novecientos noventa y seis. This generally only happens in very official documents, public decrees, notarial […]

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Diplomatic Translation Gaffe

Recently, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was kind enough to give us the latest example of how poor quality translations can leave an organization looking foolish. In this case, the organization in question was the United States government. As reported on CNN’s website, Hillary presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with a “reset button” to […]

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