Latin Phrases: The Resistance of a Dead Language


Until the 18th century, the language of cultural and scientific expression in Europe was Latin. For this reason, many Latin phrases continue to be used until today in scientific, philosophical, technical, religious, medical, and legal language. We frequently come across these phrases, and in general, if we are translating between European languages, where in most […]

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Spanish Language and Its Countless Variations


Today, the Spanish speaking population reaches over 500 million people around the world. Additionally, Latin America has become in a rapidly growing market with much development and growth potential. Without a doubt, it has become a major market to introduce, and offer to services and products. However, when doing so we must acknowledge the fact […]

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The Translation of Humor in Asterix


Asterix was one of my first devotions as a reader. I started reading the comic so young that, even before understanding that the story takes place somewhere in Europe two thousand years ago, I noticed that the coexistence of different languages was a very present element throughout the strip. This occurs between the language to […]

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What Are the Differences Between Spanish and Catalan?


Both of them are Romance languages, but Catalan—contrary to popular belief—is not a dialect of Spanish, but rather an entirely different language. In fact, looks nothing like the Spanish that today’s Spanish-speakers use. If we were to compare it with another language, it would appear more similar to Portuguese or French. The Catalan language comes […]

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What Happened to the Letter Q in Turkish?


  When Turkey first became a democratically recognized sovereign country in the 1920s, it made some major changes that greatly affected the life and the culture of its citizens. In 1928, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first president of Turkey decreed that the language of Turkish would be Romanized, adapting a version of the Latin alphabet […]

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Foreign Film or Film in Foreign Language


This past week the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, announced the complete shortlist of nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film 2014. Sure enough, because this is the American Academy, what they refer to foreign language excludes anything in English. While categorizing as so and not as it is usually know,  Best Foreign […]

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