English and Its Turbulent Origin


English is probably the most widely spoken language in the world. In most cases when someone visits a country where they do not speak the local language, English is often the go-to option for communication. English could be considered the new universal language, the new Latin. It is on television, in the movies, literature, and music, […]

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The so-called “Establishment”


Recently in newspapers I’ve come across a specific term which is being used a lot, mostly because of the politically-centered times we are living in. Yet whilst doing some research I found that the term is used mostly in the UK where it refers to leading politicians, judges, senior Clergy of the Church of England […]

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Editing, Review, or Stylistic Editing?


When our clients ask us for a quote, we usually estimate two or three steps for the completion of the translation project. Our most common combinations are: translation and editing and/or translation, editing and proofreading (review, copy editing, or stylistic editing, depending on one’s own preference). This last step, which we will discuss in this […]

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Happy Valentine’s, my treasure!


A few days ago was the year’s most romantic day ever. Or at least that’s what we’re meant to think, isn’t it? How can our loved ones know exactly how much we love them if we do not buy them that pretty card or those fancy chocolates? Although St Valentine’s Day for us might represent […]

The Least Translated Language?


Those living in a big city have surely noticed the large amount of text present in the most unlikely places of the cityscape. Many of these texts are the “work” of gangs, who use graffiti as their newspaper or their bulletin board. These inscriptions mark their territory and also send clear messages to members of rival […]

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Mandarin Chinese as a Universal Language


With the Chinese New Year around the corner, it seems appropriate to talk a little about the Chinese language, its competition with English regarding usage and how it is gaining prominence among languages used in business and finance around the world. As has been said for a long time, it won’t be long before Chinese becomes […]

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Language is a virus from outer space


So far, we (meaning I) have looked at language and translations as: – a deterrent to cultural genocide – a form of time travel – something maybe invented by God (by way of the fault of ancient Babylonians) – something constantly flowing, moving, changing, communicating actively And generally, the fact that we are, within this […]

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