The Greek Legacy


Greece is the center of international attention every time we celebrate the Olympic Games, as they are the continuation of an ancient Hellenic tradition in honor of the gods of Olympus.  But what’s the origin of the Greek language? The Greek languages form the Hellenic subfamily of the grand Indo-European family of languages.  It is […]

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Reading the Text Before Translating


The translator starts the first stage of the translation process, the understanding stage. The purpose is to extract all content and expressive value to then reformulate them in the target language. Capturing and understanding the text does not end the communication process opened by the author. Instead it restarts it and the reader/translator becomes  a […]

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A Certainly Numerous Family


The Indo-European languages constitute the largest family of languages on the face of the earth: the majority of the languages of Europe and the Near East belong to it. It includes over 150 languages spoken by approximately 3 billion people.The common ancestor language among them is Proto-Indo-European. It presumably originated in Armenia or in the […]

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How to Kill a Language


In language, few things are as interesting and intriguing as the capacity for innovation and creativity that serve as the basis of a “living language.” Without these properties, languages become paralyzed and inevitably embark upon the path to their linguistic demise. Nonetheless, in many languages there is a minority of native speakers that are infatuated […]

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The Use of Quotation Marks


The principal function of quotation marks is to mark quotes and dialogues. In Spanish, there are two formulas for dialogues: dashes and quotation marks. The latter are used when dialogues are incorporated in the paragraph or within a dialogue that is marked off by quotation marks. Quotation marks are also used with memories and thoughts. […]

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Understanding Each Other in Different Languages


Mutually intelligible languages are those which allow speakers to understand each other in both written and oral contexts, without the necessity of studying or having much knowledge of the other language.  This is what happens between native speakers of Danish, Swedish and Norwegian; it also is the case for speakers of Afrikaans and Dutch. The […]

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Changing Chinese Names


As I have brought up on this site before, one of the things I most appreciate about the English language is the amount of creativity speakers have due to the lack of a regulating body. Another issue that has never ceased to amaze me is the fact that other countries do not allow you to […]

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