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Expressing Time

 When faced with an original text in another language, we translators usually tend to copy the same format to express time. For example, if in an original Spanish document we have “9 de la mañana” [lit. “9 in the morning”] or “9 a. m.,” in English we can translate “9:00 am” or “9 AM.” Why […]

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Acronyms and Abbreviations

There is little consensus in the English world on the distinction between acronyms and abbreviations when dealing with shortened versions of words and phrases. Here are some aspects to consider: Abbreviation The most general term, which loosely applies to all shortening of words or phrases, is “abbreviation”. This term covers all examples, from contracting the […]

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Good Results Demand Better Communication

The more translation projects I have been involved with, the more I realize that communication is a fundamental aspect of translation–not only on the translator’s behalf, but that of the client as well! Indeed, let this serve as notice to all present and future translation buyers (particularly regarding voluminous, complicated documents): have a member of […]

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How to Abbreviate the United States of America in Spanish

Let’s clear up a few issues. The official name is: Estados Unidos de America. It can be written with or without the article: (los) Estados Unidos de América. If the article is included, the verb is pluralized: “Los Estados Unidos han firmado un nuevo acuerdo comercial.” If the article is not included, the verb remains […]

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