When Knowing a Language Is Fun


Portuguese is a Romance language spoken by 240 million people.  The international expansion of this language took place during the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries with the Portuguese Empire, whose borders stretched from Brazil to Goa, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, East Timor, Cabinda, Sao Tome and Principe, Cape Verde, Angola, Guinea Bissau, […]

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Is 1,000,000 words possible?


The Global Language Monitor, which was born from the ashes of yourdictionary.com, focuses on trends in the use of language, primarily through automatic algorithmic readings of texts on the web. The latest news from the site (and you’ll notice, should you visit the site, that most of the “news” on the homepage is articles where […]

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Adjectives: Differences in English and Spanish


In English, adjectives are always spelled the same and, syntactically, are almost always placed before the noun. In Spanish, there are a few that are generally unchangeable, but the majoirty aren’t, and nearly all of them denote the number of the subject (singular or plural). Its expressive value differs depending on if it is placed […]

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Cogency: Am I Making Myself Understood?


The ability to formulate an argument (written or spoken) that logically sustains itself is not perceived the same way in every part of the world, a fact which makes the work of a translator quite peculiar in certain instances.  In fact, the intersection of language and culture yields some incredibly interesting dilemmas, with regards to […]

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Italian, the Successor of Latin


In the Roman Empire, spoken language (vulgar Latin) differed from written language (literary Latin).  Romance languages derive from vulgar Latin, the spoken variety.  The language that today we know as Italian is the one that has remained closest to the original Latin base, while other Romance languages have had external influences: French has been affected […]

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Colorful Language: A Synesthete’s World


Synesthesia, a peculiar neurological phenomenon whereby the stimulus of one sensory or cognitive pathway automatically and involuntarily cross-activates another sensory or cognitive pathway, is an incredibly interesting and intriguing topic which will be consuming the energies of many a researcher for the foreseeable future, and surely beyond.  There are many variations of synesthesia, with grapheme […]

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Legal Translations


The following are the most important aspects of legal translations: The might contain the ambiguities that arise from terms, concepts, or institutions that do not coincide between the legal systems of the source and target languages. In order to properly complete the translation, the translator must use a reliable manual or dictionary that clearly defines […]

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