The Many Benefits of Foreign Language Education and Learning

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This three part blog series was inspired by Bryant’s blog post “The Advantages of Speaking Several Languages,” published earlier this year. When pursuing further research on the topic, I found that, although there are many arguments which promote foreign language education and learning, those with the most weight can be grouped into three major areas: […]

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Latin American Translators Living Abroad

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Many of us work in translation because it provides us with endless satisfaction not only professionally and monetarily, but also on a personal level. It’s a career full of learning. We often hear people say: “I can work from anywhere as long as there is Internet.” This allows us to travel the world and establish our […]

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Helianthus vs. Sunflower – Are botanical translations a real challenge?

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I’ve always been intrigued by the real and complex names of flowers. Who knew that a sunflower is actually called helianthus or that Lanicera caprifolium means honeysuckle? I bet the majority of you don’t and that’s why when it comes to literary translations it’s really important that linguists are familiarized with these terms and also […]

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I see what you mean (or: The untranslatable yellow face of doom)

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It’s been mentioned here before, the use of emoticons to communicate to each other, and questioning if this might be a new form of communication, a new language. As far as I can tell, I think the question has already been answered. It is a new language. It’s a technological-based de-evolution back to our wordless forms of […]

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Third Culture Kids: Bridging Language and Culture

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The term Third Culture Kid was first conceived in the 1950s by American social researchers Ruth and John Useem to define individuals who were raised in a culture different to that of their parents’ culture during their developmental years. As explained by Andrea M. Moore and Gina G. Barker in their work, “Confused or multicultural: […]

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Underwater Conversations

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Many believe that we humans are the only members of the animal kingdom capable of developing our own language separate from our innate and instinctive knowledge. Although humans have a clear advantage, as we have approximately 4000 languages, under the sea there are voices calling out to join the club, and which might give us a […]

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