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A universal language

After several attempts to make it a universal language, this year Esperanto celebrates its 125th anniversary. Created in 1887 by  Lázaro Zamenhof, Esperanto is used in many media  forms, as well as in literature. A large number of classical and popular publications have been translated, and are available in the language. Today with the technological […]

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Indigenous Languages

The official language in Argentina is, without a doubt, Spanish. However, it is a country that has been enriched by a vast number of languages. Though it is difficult to say exactly how many, around 35 indigenous languages are spoken. Currently only thirteen of these are officially listed, and include the following: Toba, Pilagá, Mocoví, Wichí, Nivaclé, Chorote, Ava-Chiriguano, Mbya, Guaraní, Quichua Santiagueño, […]

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Europe’s Hopes and Dreams and Its Linguistic Reality

The latest publication from Eurobarometer (the survey system that collects statistical data on public opinion in Europe) yielded a series of figures that point to the increasing importance of multilingualism in European societies. In the press release that accompanied the publication of the study, Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said […]

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Fully translatable humor

Not being a professional translator myself but being daily in contact with them, I can only imagine how hard it is to translate jokes based on plays on words. However humor can be based on other things, not only on multiple meanings of words or sentences. To illustrate this point, I will give two fine […]

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European Master’s in Translation (EMT)

All professionals in the translation field know that all too often, our work is undervalued, and it seems that a person who is somewhat fluent in a two languages is automatically ​​able to call himself a “translator.” In order to give this profession the place it deserves and to offer its potential candidates better opportunities, […]

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Learning a Language for Travel: However, Whenever and Wherever You Want It

We discussed in the previous post (“Learning a Language: However, Whenever and Wherever You Want It”) that the most important thing when learning a language is to be clear as to why you’re doing it, before seeking your best option. In this case and in my opinion, learning a language for travel is one of the […]

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World Affairs Article: Let Languages Die

Esteemed linguist John McWhorter has published an article on the coming century in language evolution. Working on the idea that 90% of the world’s 6,000 languages will not survive to be in use in 2109, Mr. McWhorter then tells us why that’s not such a bad thing for him. The basis for his argument is […]

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Book Club Meeting #2

Just in time for Christmas, I have found “On the Death and Life of Languages” by Claude Hagege is now available at my favorite bookstore and I must say that I am intrigued. Here is a description from the publisher: Twenty-five languages die each year; at this pace, half the world’s five thousand languages will […]

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