More Symbology: Arabic


Arabic is a macrolanguage of the Semitic family, as are Aramaic, Hebrew, Acadian, and Maltese. It is the oldest of the Semitic languages, which is to say the closest to primitive Semitic. It is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, with almost 180 million speakers, known internationally as the liturgical language […]

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Commas in English and Spanish


In English, we generally use a comma in front of the conjunctions “and” and “or”. The structures in English allow for us to skip the comma when working with other conjunctions. In certain sentences, the pause indicated by the comma will not be enough and a semi-colon must be used instead. Subordinate adverbial clauses between […]

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A Beginning…Cuneiform


Though spoken language has been in existence for tens of thousands of years, it was not until the end of the fourth millennium before the common era—according to the best calculations of experts on the matter—that written language was invented.  One of the earliest known forms of written language emerged from the region of Sumer […]

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Esperanto: a Language with a Good Cause


Esperanto is the international language created by Polish doctor Ludwik Zamenhof so that all people might be able to communicate with each other on an equal footing.  He published a brochure in 1887 that he signed with the pseudonym Doktoro Esperanto.  Thus was born the Esperanto language, which means “he who has hope.” Over more […]

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Easter


In most languages, the word “Easter” is derived from the word “Pesach,” the Hebrew name for the Passover holiday, a Jewish festivity that is directly related with the Catholic celebration.  The Jewish Passover lasts between 7 and 8 days during which the exodus and liberation of the Israeli people from Egypt is remembered. Early Christians […]

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Compensating and Compromising


In the field of translation, there are inevitably going to be phrases and meanings in a Source Text that will not be able to be conveyed (at least not with complete fidelity) in the Target Text…that’s just the way it is.  Even the best translators in the world will encounter fragments of text that simply […]

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