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Overcoming Challenges and Achieving the Perfect Translation

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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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Why Children Aren’t Better Language Learners than Adults

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Everybody’s favorite stereotypical excuse to not learning a foreign language is that adults can’t learn languages as well as children. The common misconception is that children’s brains are more elastic and more capable of remembering new languages and that our adult brains are rigid and incapable of adapting to the new language’s structure and remembering […]

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Europe’s Contribution to the Future of English

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In my last post “Translating…The Future” I wrote about one possible aspect of the future of the English language; the probability  that it will become more and more simple over time. As I mentioned in that post, it is a natural phenomenon for complicated grammatical structures to be progressively and slowly discarded from widely-spoken languages, […]

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Translating… The Future?

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A little over 600 years ago, Geoffrey Chaucer, whom is widely considered to be the father of English literature, asked why anyone would possibly want to learn English, a language with no literature.  Indeed, at that time English was the new kid on the block, confined to Great Britain’s meager population of just four million […]

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Exploring Idioms in Foreign Languages

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In my previous post “Understanding English-Language Idioms,” I discussed the peculiarity of idioms. Idioms are expressions used in informal language that don’t actually mean what their literal meaning would suggest, which is often rather strange. We use idioms every day without putting much thought into their literal meaning or their origin. However, idioms can also […]

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A big “spasibo” to translators of the Russian classics

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If you’re not planning on learning Russian and learning it fast, this holiday season is the perfect time to treat yourself to a bit of classic Russian literature, English language style, brought to you by renowned translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. My first Russian classic was Crime & Punishment, translated by the Paris-residing couple […]

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Is it possible to mirror the source?

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There is no intellectual feat which can be considered anything but useless, according to Jorge Luis Borges in “Pierre Menard, author of the Quixote”. This affirmation is, however, challenged all throughout the author’s short story, which tells of a man who set out to become the author of the Quixote, centuries after Cervantes’ (in)famous novel […]

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