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Translations and DTP from Right to Left

We have to pay special attention when translating languages that are written from right to left, as what is a “no-brainer” for native speakers may not be for readers of an alphabet in the opposite direction. Within this group of readers we can also include clients, who often ask for our advice on some issues […]

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What You Need to Know about Kurdish Dialects

Kurdish is a language belonging to the Indo-Iranian language family, and this one in turn belongs to the group of Indo-European languages. The family of Indo-Iranian languages also includes Hindustani or Hindi-Urdu, Bengali and Pashto. Kurdish is the official language of Iraq and, although spoken in the region called Kurdistan (which draws an imaginary line […]

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The Importance of Language in Diplomacy

The United States government has a high demand for linguists. President Obama’s administration is looking to put more emphasis on diplomacy through more effective multilingual communication in all areas: intelligence, defense, State Department agencies, etc. The ILR (Interagency Language Roundtable) was created and includes several agencies of the State Department. Its main focus will be […]

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Dari

An apocope of “courtly Persian,” fārsi-ye dari is, along with Pashto, one of the principal Persian languages spoken contemporarily in Afghanistan (especially in the capital and the southern and western regions). This language is also known as “Persian,” “Persawan,” or “Afghan Persian.” Over half the population are native speakers of this language, and it is […]

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