Visual Poetry


As a reader, poetry is easy to recognize. And it’s always such a wonderful experience to hear it read out loud. Poetry is also quite a challenge to translate; not to mention if the target language is extremely different from the original, such as sign language. But does this mean that it’s completely untranslatable? Of course […]

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Knowledge is Power


When I was 15 years old and learning to drive, I was given access to a pick-up truck with manual transmission. But my attempts at shifting gear were so disastrous that I was soon relegated to sharing my mother’s automatic minivan. About a year later, I overheard a conversation about the inner workings of a […]

Untranslatable Words from French


There are thousands of words and expressions that, for linguistic or cultural reasons, don’t have an exact equivalent in other languages. When translating, we must use our imagination and our linguistic abilities to incorporate them into the target text in the most natural way possible. In an earlier post in our collection of linguistic curiosities, […]

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The Human Element


So, let’s pick it up directly where we left off: “The Diagram for Consciousness” The diagram (simplified to fit the purposes of our analogy) consists of a three step pyramid: At its base, the creator sets Memory as the first step to attaining true consciousness. Memory is indeed the first factor needed both to learn […]

Wordier Than Thou Art


Think of the things in your life that you really cherish. And by things I mean actual objects: your key chain, your favorite gadget, your tennis racket, maybe a childhood keepsake, a book you’ve read many times, or something you brought back from a trip abroad. Do any of these hold a special meaning? Do […]

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