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What Are the World’s Sexiest Accents?

A few weeks ago, CNN reported the results of an interesting survey carried out through Facebook in which users voted for what was, in their own opinion, the sexiest accent. While it is not the first time that this survey has been done, it can be argued that it is the one with the largest […]

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The Translation of Songs

Sometimes resulting from the decision of record producers, and at other times being part of the artistic expansion of singers and composers, as of the middle of the past century translation has entered the musical realm. In fact, through translation, songs were created that, at times, gained greater popularity than their originals. “My Way,” written […]

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More Specific? Impossible.

In this post from last year, we presented some words with oddly specific meanings. Frequently, this specificity makes it difficult to translate these words (or makes them almost untranslatable, as oftentimes the translator ends up explaining them instead of translating them since they have no close equivalent). It is exactly this which makes them particularly […]

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How Many Languages in Just One Nation?

Switzerland is a country that provokes curiosity or fantasies in many people, whether because of its banks, its eternal neutrality, direct democracy, precise watches, beautiful scenery, Swiss Army knives, and finally, for having four official languages (German, French, Italian, and Romansh). Not all Swiss people speak the four languages, of course, but the majority of […]

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The Benefits of Bilingualism: Part Three

In the final installment of this blog series, we will observe some of the different ways in which bilingualism can benefit a person on a social level. Previously, we spoke of the ways in which bilingualism can benefit someone both cognitively and professionally. On the cognitive side, the bilingual person tends to be more observant and […]

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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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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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