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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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When is Proofreading Necessary?

Every translation project is different. Some translations will need to be certified, some will come along with some sort of surprise request and will have to be finalized and delivered ASAP, and others will be part of an extensive project, or part of the company’s regular activity. Every time we are delivered a text (or […]

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A World Without Translators?

A translator’s work often goes unnoticed, to such an extent that the phrase “A good translation seems as though it were an originally written text” has become commonplace. However, the work of the translator is of paramount importance to all of us, despite the fact that we rarely reflect on it.   A translator’s job […]

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The Gift of Technology

According to Greek mythology, it was the Titan Prometheus himself who gave mankind the gift of fire, primordial symbol of progress and technology. From his holy spark, humanity evolved into the dominant species that has ruled the Earth to this very day. Annaud’s epic “Quest for Fire” shows us how the first primitive cavemen fought […]

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An Academy of the English Language…Not

Is the English language perfect as it is? As it continuously evolves (and sometimes regresses) and transforms, should there be a body in charge of regulating it? These are some of the questions that are being asked when it comes to establishing rules regarding the use of our widely spread language. The French language has […]

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