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Sign Language

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The three major forms of sign language used in the United States are American Sign Language (ASL), Pidgin Signed English (PSE), and Signed Exact English (SEE). While there are many similarities between the three, each follow their own rules. American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual and very graphic language. The language originated at the […]

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Common Challenges for Spanish to English Translators

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Translators have quite an interesting job that is full of challenges. No two tasks are ever alike, which makes for an especially dynamic job, but also ensures that the translator is in a constant state of learning and must constantly adapt to different writing styles, topics and dialects. In addition, just being bilingual isn’t enough […]

Consecutive vs. Simultaneous

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When I started working in the industry I had no idea there was a difference between translations and interpretations. On my first day on the job I learned translation dealt with written language while interpretation dealt with spoken languages, easy enough right? Then I came to learn there are different kinds of interpretation, consecutive interpretation […]

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Where do our alphabets come from?

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In today’s day and age we take a lot for granted, making use of what we have without actually digging a little bit deeper to see where these things come from. One of those things has to do directly with language, the way we communicate and the tools we use to get our messages across. […]

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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A Different Way of Communicating

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In today’s day and age, where social media and smart phones are about as commonplace as ever before, it’s hard to imagine a way of communicating that doesn’t involve instant access to information. That information includes short messages in text, pictures, videos, and internet content – all sent at a speed unimaginable to people a […]

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The Advantages of Speaking Several Langauges

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During our modern times, almost all professionals are encouraged (or required) to master more than one language fluently. In primary and secondary school as well as university, students have to take language classes in order to meet the requirements for graduation. However, the advantages of speaking more than one language go well beyond the professional […]

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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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