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Poems: reading can be tricky , translating can be a fiasco

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For those of us accustomed to reading in more than one language, translated versions of our favorite novels and poetry anthologies can present themselves as a bit problematic. Needless to say that having translations handy (good translations that is) at any given moment is wonderful: one could hardly imagine having to go without their Russian, […]

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Spanish Court Interpreting in the U.S.

Professional Spanish court interpretations in the U.S. can be a difficult and arduous task given the different variations of Spanish spoken in the U.S. While other languages may also have multiple dialects and accents, Spanish interpreters have an added difficulty not experienced by other language interpreters. In particular, they have to manage how other Spanish-speakers […]

Spectacular Vernacular

Before the beginning of the Middle Ages, Latin was the language used by educated persons to transmit their knowledge, both religious and academic. Even after the start of medieval times, Latin continued to be the language of choice, but vernacular began to creep its way in to both the religious and the academic circles, with […]

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How Do Translation and Interpretation Differ?

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There is a common misunderstanding about those who work in the field of translation and interpretation. Sometimes these professionals are referred to using the umbrella term ‘translators’, and are believed to be linguists capable of providing all kinds of linguistic services simply because they possess a very advanced knowledge of a foreign language. This assumption […]

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What Is a Controlled Natural Language?

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Translators frequently have to confront issues that are often the result of problems existing in the source text we are translating. Some of the most common of such errors include omissions, the use of structures that are difficult to understand, and even the use of abbreviations only known by the person who wrote the original […]

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