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Translation Services: a Plethora of Options

What translation services should a client pay for? Which are the most effective or suitable? The truth is that when it comes to requesting a translation order and providing a quote thereof, there’s a plethora of options and needs that enter into play which may vary from client to client. Every case is unique and […]

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6 Translator Resources Provided by Newspapers

Newspapers, magazines and journals are, in and of themselves, very valuable resources for translators, as reading them imbues us with a current and, more often than not, correct use of language. Moreover, the most important newspapers in the world contain additional resources in their online versions that can be incredibly helpful when getting down to […]

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What Are the Easiest Languages for English Speakers to Learn?

It is estimated that in United States, around just 18% of the population can speak a second language. Compared to the estimated 54% percent of Europeans who are proficient in a second language (and often more than one), this seems quite low. However, as the world continues to globalize and global communications become more interconnected, there is […]

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And the Happiest Language in the World Is…

According to the Pollyanna principle, formulated in the ‘70s by two social psychologists, people tend to use positive words more frequently than negative ones. Furthermore, we tend to remember in greater detail and describe more exhaustively those memories with a positive rather than a negative association. Based on this principle, researchers at the University of […]

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North Korea and Language

The Guardian recently published an interesting piece that to a certain degree removes the mantle of impermeability that covers North Korea. In other communist nations the study of a foreign language might (now or previously) be taken as a matter of prestige, however, it is mandatory for all students in hermetic North Korea, from primary […]

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Why Children Aren’t Better Language Learners than Adults

Everybody’s favorite stereotypical excuse to not learning a foreign language is that adults can’t learn languages as well as children. The common misconception is that children’s brains are more elastic and more capable of remembering new languages and that our adult brains are rigid and incapable of adapting to the new language’s structure and remembering […]

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Europe’s Contribution to the Future of English

In my last post “Translating…The Future” I wrote about one possible aspect of the future of the English language; the probability  that it will become more and more simple over time. As I mentioned in that post, it is a natural phenomenon for complicated grammatical structures to be progressively and slowly discarded from widely-spoken languages, […]

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Translating… The Future?

A little over 600 years ago, Geoffrey Chaucer, whom is widely considered to be the father of English literature, asked why anyone would possibly want to learn English, a language with no literature.  Indeed, at that time English was the new kid on the block, confined to Great Britain’s meager population of just four million […]

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