What Is Code-switching?

In linguistics, code-switching refers to the simultaneous and syntactically and phonologically appropriate use of more than one language. It is fairly common to hear multilingual people use elements of the different languages that they speak when conversing with others that speak the same languages. This mix may occur almost unconsciously in people who have a […]

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Where Do We Not Celebrate the Year 2014?

The year has ended and another has begun. Around this time, the common greeting is “Happy New Year!” or “Have a great New Year!” However, the transition from 2013 to 2014 is not celebrated in all countries, and wishing this to someone who doesn’t go by the Gregorian calendar (also known as the Western or […]

Body Language Translation

In previous entries, we mentioned in passing the translation work of movies, TV shows, and other audiovisual content. In that entry, as in similar ones, it is taken for granted that the translator must circumscribe his or her work to the characters’ verbal communication – but what happens with all of the non-verbal communication? What […]

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What Should We Keep in Mind When Interpreting?

When we must complete an interpretation job, it is essential, first and foremost, that we consult with the client or the person/company hiring our interpretation services so that they can provide us with as much information as possible about the issues to be addressed during the conference. If possible, it is important to have all […]

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What Are Some Helpful Words to Know When Traveling?

When traveling to another country, it is incredibly important to be able to communicate, at least on a basic level, with some of that country’s residents. Before taking a trip abroad, many people purchase travel books, investigate online, talk to friends, and more. These people research customs and cultures, currency information, foods and sites they […]

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