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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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Expressing Dates in Spanish

As established in the Real Academia Española, Spanish-speaking countries use, generally, the ascending order when they write out dates, i.e. day, month, year, with no commas separating any information: 31 de diciembre de 1992. Between the day and the month, as well as between the month and the year, the preposition “de” is used. For […]

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Another Language Gap Bridged

For centuries humans have stared at their canine companions and worked at deciphering exactly what their barks and grunts could possibly mean. Often it is nothing more than “I am hungry” or “I would like to go outside”. However, the plucky Japanese have solved that problem forever. I introduce you to Bowlingual Voice. It claims […]

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