The Language of Emotions


All humans are able to make the same sounds. However, each language has its own particular way of employing them. Just as each language follows different grammatical rules, it also uses different sounds to express emotion, though some may seem more similar than others. Depending on our mother tongue, some sounds will be more or […]

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The Future of Translation: A Matter of Patterns or Delicate Craft?


As the famous Chilean translator, Marina Orellana, once said, “Translation is not transliteration, that is, the transcription of words from one language to another. (…) What really matters is to grasp the ideas and express them successfully.” If this is, indeed, the essence of translation, then the craft of the linguist would seem to resemble […]

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What is Papiamento?


When you’re on vacation you want everything to be easy and relaxing. And for many, apart from resting and exploring our destination of choice, we would also like to be able to communicate with the locals.   Since English is my native language, and I also speak Spanish quite fluently, traveling through any English-speaking country, […]

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Copywriting: A Minefield of Horrid Translations


It is difficult enough to write good copy in one’s own language. The first struggle is combining the commercial mindset with the creative mindset. Stereotypes teach us that commercial employees are down-to-earth and practical, they know what is in vogue and they know what works, they want results and they want them yesterday! And this […]

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The Importance of Professional Translators and Interpreters


A few weeks back, I read an article about the controversy concerning an error in the translation of a speech that was given by Diyab Jihad, a Syrian refugee in Uruguay. According to the newspaper that published the news, and Diyab’s lawyer, the interpreter was not true to the words of Diyab, and even added […]

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It Ain’t Over ‘til It’s Over


It Ain’t Over ‘til It’s Over A few years ago, I happened to be staying at a small town in the west of France during one of the hundreds of summertime festivals that take place in that region. I remember standing at a street corner, my arms crossed, waiting for a large procession of revelers […]

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Memsource: 8 Keyboard Shortcuts to Make Life Easier


Memsource is a computer-assisted translation tool (also known as a CAT tool) that allows translators to work with text in two columns, side by side, in which one column displays the source text and the other column displays the target text. In addition, it offers search tools and quality control, and the ability to create […]

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