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Eternal Languages

Throughout history, an unfathomable number of languages have appeared and disappeared, and have been used by humans at different times and places throughout the evolution of civilization. Some languages manage to adapt, disperse and survive the passage of time. Others are not so lucky, and their usage becomes lost until they eventually die out. These […]

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What is Verbophobia?

“And there is also verbophobia, which is the fear of words. In that case, it is best to keep quiet, said Juan de Dios Martínez. It’s a bit more complicated than that, because words are everywhere, even in silence, which is never complete silence, isn’t that so?” Roberto Bolaño (2666, Barcelona: Anagrama, 2004).   Also […]

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The Language of Emotions

All humans are able to make the same sounds. However, each language has its own particular way of employing them. Just as each language follows different grammatical rules, it also uses different sounds to express emotion, though some may seem more similar than others. Depending on our mother tongue, some sounds will be more or […]

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What is Papiamento?

When you’re on vacation you want everything to be easy and relaxing. And for many, apart from resting and exploring our destination of choice, we would also like to be able to communicate with the locals.   Since English is my native language, and I also speak Spanish quite fluently, traveling through any English-speaking country, […]

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The Importance of Professional Translators and Interpreters

A few weeks back, I read an article about the controversy concerning an error in the translation of a speech that was given by Diyab Jihad, a Syrian refugee in Uruguay. According to the newspaper that published the news, and Diyab’s lawyer, the interpreter was not true to the words of Diyab, and even added […]

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Memsource: 8 Keyboard Shortcuts to Make Life Easier

Memsource is a computer-assisted translation tool (also known as a CAT tool) that allows translators to work with text in two columns, side by side, in which one column displays the source text and the other column displays the target text. In addition, it offers search tools and quality control, and the ability to create […]

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Automatic Translation Blunders on Public Signs

Translations connect people and cultures around the world. Many people study languages because they would like to travel somewhere, whether near or far, and want to be able to communicate in the local language. However, this is not always the case, as many limit themselves to only studying the most widely spoken languages in order […]

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