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Suriname: A Collage of Languages

Located in the north of South America, above Brazil and between Guyana and French Guiana, is the Republic of Suriname. You might assume that if you speak Spanish or Portuguese you would be able to understand and be understood in all of Latin America. However, this small but multilingual country breaks that rule a bit. […]

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Some translators who made a difference

Many writers reach stardom. Just think of Shakespeare, Moby Dick and J.K Rowling, amongst others. But can any of us name famous translators? After all, how popular would J.K Rowling’s novels be if there had been no translators to help her bridge her work to the rest of the non-English speaking world? Harry Potter was […]

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What Are the Easiest Languages for English Speakers to Learn?

It is estimated that in United States, around just 18% of the population can speak a second language. Compared to the estimated 54% percent of Europeans who are proficient in a second language (and often more than one), this seems quite low. However, as the world continues to globalize and global communications become more interconnected, there is […]

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And the Happiest Language in the World Is…

According to the Pollyanna principle, formulated in the ‘70s by two social psychologists, people tend to use positive words more frequently than negative ones. Furthermore, we tend to remember in greater detail and describe more exhaustively those memories with a positive rather than a negative association. Based on this principle, researchers at the University of […]

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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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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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