A Different Way of Communicating

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In today’s day and age, where social media and smart phones are about as commonplace as ever before, it’s hard to imagine a way of communicating that doesn’t involve instant access to information. That information includes short messages in text, pictures, videos, and internet content – all sent at a speed unimaginable to people a […]

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The Advantages of Speaking Several Langauges

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During our modern times, almost all professionals are encouraged (or required) to master more than one language fluently. In primary and secondary school as well as university, students have to take language classes in order to meet the requirements for graduation. However, the advantages of speaking more than one language go well beyond the professional […]

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The Subtle Gap Between Being Bilingual and Being a Translator

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Have you ever been asked to translate a short text or to edit a translation simply because you know how to speak or are a native speaker of that given language? If not, then you will at least have probably heard someone you know mention that a friend corrected a document translated into English because […]

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Europe’s Contribution to the Future of English

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In my last post “Translating…The Future” I wrote about one possible aspect of the future of the English language; the probability  that it will become more and more simple over time. As I mentioned in that post, it is a natural phenomenon for complicated grammatical structures to be progressively and slowly discarded from widely-spoken languages, […]

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And the 2014 Spanish Word of the Year Is… “selfi”!

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For the second year straight, the Fundación del Español Urgente (“Foundation of Urgent Spanish” – Fundéu BBVA) chose its Word of the Year, which, as indicated by the Foundation, represents the word that had the greatest penetration in the media and in common language. In 2014 the word chosen was… “selfi”! It is the Spanish adaptation […]

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The advantages of speaking multiple languages

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In today’s day and age, almost all professionals are encouraged (if not required) to be fluent in more than one language. In grade school, high school and college, students must take on language courses in order to meet graduation requirements. However, the advantages of speaking more than just one language go far beyond those of […]

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Translating… The Future?

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A little over 600 years ago, Geoffrey Chaucer, whom is widely considered to be the father of English literature, asked why anyone would possibly want to learn English, a language with no literature.  Indeed, at that time English was the new kid on the block, confined to Great Britain’s meager population of just four million […]

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Exploring Idioms in Foreign Languages

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In my previous post “Understanding English-Language Idioms,” I discussed the peculiarity of idioms. Idioms are expressions used in informal language that don’t actually mean what their literal meaning would suggest, which is often rather strange. We use idioms every day without putting much thought into their literal meaning or their origin. However, idioms can also […]

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