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The Gender-Sensitive Evolution of Languages

One of the characteristics that makes the English language such an easy-to-learn and accessible language is – from a grammatical perspective – its neutrality when using masculine and feminine nouns, and more importantly, articles. Latin languages (such as Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese) are gender-sensitive languages, where the differentiation between masculine and feminine is evident. […]

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Google to the Rescue of Gender Ambiguity

For those of us who began translating before the advent of Google, and primarily those who usually translate from English into Spanish, the arrival of the Silicon Valley giant has created a host of resources that never cease to amaze both professionals and clients alike. I won’t get into the most well-known resources, but rather, […]

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Overcoming Challenges and Achieving the Perfect Translation

In my last post, “Common Challenges for Spanish to English Translators,” I wrote about some of the challenges faced specifically by Spanish to English translators on a daily basis. However, it is important to note that for a translator these obstacles are anything but discouraging. Rather, they actually have the opposite effect. They’re part of […]

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The Pronoun Game

In Chasing Amy, by U.S. filmmaker Kevin Smith, the lead character in the film makes an unexpected switch in her relationship preferences and decides to tell her friends, all of whom are lesbians, that she is going out with “someone.” Her friends, without missing a beat, start to interrogate the character named Alyssa, played by […]

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Is Spanish a Sexist Language?

This is a long-debated discussion, especially among some feminist groups engaged in the very important fight for women’s rights in a variety of fields. However, sometimes the initiative goes even further, and we find that they have proposed several modifications to Spanish so that it stops being a “sexist” language, based on the premise that […]

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Little Big Differences Between Spanish and Portuguese

Although there is a very close relationship between Spanish and Portuguese to the extent that oftentimes they display a high degree of mutual intelligibility, there are also considerable differences that complicate the process of learning these languages and translating between them. In Spanish and Portuguese there are many words that are written identically (e.g., voz, […]

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