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Untranslatable Words from French

There are thousands of words and expressions that, for linguistic or cultural reasons, don’t have an exact equivalent in other languages. When translating, we must use our imagination and our linguistic abilities to incorporate them into the target text in the most natural way possible. In an earlier post in our collection of linguistic curiosities, […]

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French is the official language of the Olympic Games

 The International Olympics Committee established French as the official language of the 2012 Olympic Games, which are being held in London, England. This may sound a little unusual, as generally English is considered the universal language. However, this rule was agreed on and formalized in this way through the International Olympic Committee. French is the official language at both the opening and […]

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What type of French to use

In previous articles we introduced the different French variations, and made the comparison with Spanish. While all French speakers can understand each other, as with Spanish speakers, it is not the same French spoken in each French speaking country. We said that while French speakers can understand each other perfectly regardless of the country they […]

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French in Africa

Spanish is spoken in many countries, and while all Spanish speakers can understand each other, there are as many varieties of Spanish as nations that speak it. Something similar happens with French. While French speakers can understand each other regardless of what nation they come from, the French of France is not the same as […]

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Language in Sports: Communicating With the Referee

Recently, we reviewed the ways that players and coaches interact and communicate with each other in the football leagues of Europe, a highly international setting. But what about interactions with the referee? In international club competitions, such as the UEFA Champions League, discussed in part one of this post, referees are appointed from all over […]

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Language in Sports: Communication in European Football

Photo by: Кирилл Крыжановский

Football (or soccer, as it’s known to North Americans) is the world’s most popular sport. In all corners of the globe, one can find football being played. It’s only natural, then, that at its highest club level ﹘ the domestic and continental competitions of Europe ﹘ there are players from a vast number of different nationalities and cultures. And […]

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