Monthly Archives: February 2013

Translating into Quechua

As part of our daily work as Project Managers we get quotations for projects in extremely diverse languages. The general population may have never even heard of some of these languages. Not long ago, I found myself quoting a project for a client that needed a translation from English into Quechua. This poses various challenges: […]

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Does One’s Upbringing Affect Their Language Skills?

Some articles ago, we spoke of the multi-faceted and multi-talented people known as polyglots, or those who can write and speak, with fluency, more than three languages. Being such an interesting topic, I decided to revisit this subject as we had only hit the tip of the iceberg previously. While some polyglots are just naturally […]

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Difficult Languages

It is easier for a person who speaks a Latin-derived language to learn to speak another language that shares the same Latin roots since they will both use the same alphabet and similar sounds. However, attempting to learn a language that has a completely different set of letters or characters and sounds from your own […]

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How the Emergence of the Internet Has Influenced Business

The Internet’s infrastructure spread throughout the world and thus facilitated mass information access as well as translation, which in turn altered the economy and all of the markets. The arrival of the internet has completely revolutionized our lives: our personal lives just as much as our professional lives, which is due to the fact that […]

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The Origin of the Carnival Holiday

Although many people usually associate the holiday of Carnival as something celebrated in Brazil, many would be surprised to know that it is in fact, a worldwide celebration. Usually occurring in February, the festivities for this holiday happen right before Lent. The many themes surrounding this holiday include masks, parades, fireworks, dancing, and of course, […]

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The Fascinating Finns

Today we’re going to delve into some facts related to the interesting and singular Finnish language. Finnish is spoken mainly in Finland, as well as areas near Finland such as Sweden, Russia (in the Republic of Karelia), and is spoken by approximately 5 million native speakers. As many Europeans will note, despite Finland’s proximity to […]

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