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On Acronyms and Public Policy

The English language, especially the type spoken in the United States, is very inclined to use initials or acronyms (initials that are pronounced as if they were a word, for example NATO, NAFTA, or UNESCO). From the most international OK – whose origin can be traced back to the American Civil War between the southern […]

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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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How to Learn a New Language (the Unconventional Way)

Many times, one takes it upon oneself to learn a new language. Whether it be for personal or professional reasons, this task may come with many obstacles and difficulties. This is especially true for those who have only spoken one language their entire lives. Many studies show that those who are already bilingual—be it from […]

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Compound Words: Friends or Foes? Part II

In the previous blog post, we spoke about interesting little terms called compound words. These are formed by linking two words together to create new words. Usually compound words are quite helpful in that they usually reveal what thing it is that they’re referring to (for instance, saltwater is water that contains salt!). Sometimes though, […]

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Compound Words: Friends or Foes?

As mentioned in some of my previous posts, there are countless ways one can learn and master a new language. While learning new languages is easier for some than others, it’s always beneficial to be aware of the different manners in which words, phrases, or terms can fool you. We have discussed false friends, homophones, […]

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Is “Okay” a Universal Word?

Having traveled quite a bit throughout my life, I can say with much certainty that there are certain words that I deem “universal.” By this I mean that in almost any country you go to, these words are understood and recognized by the general population. Words like yes and no probably come to mind for […]

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