The Mystery of the Untranslatable Book


In Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is a book that no one has ever been able to read. It is written in a non-existent or unknown language and features illustrations of plants and creatures that have never been seen on the planet. The copy has 240 illustrated pages, is quite small, and is bound […]

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Linking Global Business through Interpretation into English


Language plays a role in many different sectors. Whether it be business, politics, academia, etc., one important way of building relationships is by means of the organization of international conferences. Especially in business development, direct contact provides global conference participants an important element for networking. In a non-English speaking country, when hundreds of people touch […]

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Certification: Where is the added value for legal translations?


When moving from country to country or when dealing with foreign governments over personal matters it is always very important to understand documentation needs and how best to work with each government as the circumstances dictate. Whether you are looking to translate a Birth Certificate, an Adoption Decree, a Death Certificate, a Trust, a Will, […]

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The Birth of a Language


Some time ago we wrote about code switching, and how this informal phenomenon manifests itself in virtually infinite ways. In that post, we mentioned Spanglish, Belgrano-Deutsch, Portuñol, and Llanito as examples of code switching. Of course, that list was not exhaustive, as there are many other examples. Indeed, in recent years we can even add […]

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Can Artificial Languages Be Established?


Artificial languages​, that is, languages ​​constructed by humans based on the study of “natural” languages, ​​have been created throughout history for multiple (and, indeed, very interesting) reasons, although they have not always achieved their purpose. In many cases, the purpose of these languages ​​has been to unite the world. In 1879, a German priest named […]

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