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Science Fiction Tastes Better in Spanish

Science Fiction and Fantasy are literary and film genres renowned for the fanaticism of their followers. Take for instance the opening of a new Star Wars movie, or the release of the last Harry Potter book: children, teenagers, and even grown-ups, clad as their favorite characters, wishing wholeheartedly to be a part of the stories […]

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Eternal Languages

Throughout history, an unfathomable number of languages have appeared and disappeared, and have been used by humans at different times and places throughout the evolution of civilization. Some languages manage to adapt, disperse and survive the passage of time. Others are not so lucky, and their usage becomes lost until they eventually die out. These […]

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The Gift of Technology

According to Greek mythology, it was the Titan Prometheus himself who gave mankind the gift of fire, primordial symbol of progress and technology. From his holy spark, humanity evolved into the dominant species that has ruled the Earth to this very day. Annaud’s epic “Quest for Fire” shows us how the first primitive cavemen fought […]

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What is Verbophobia?

“And there is also verbophobia, which is the fear of words. In that case, it is best to keep quiet, said Juan de Dios Martínez. It’s a bit more complicated than that, because words are everywhere, even in silence, which is never complete silence, isn’t that so?” Roberto Bolaño (2666, Barcelona: Anagrama, 2004).   Also […]

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“Shouldn’t you be out on a Ledge Somewhere?”

Our collective imagination is not very kind toward people who are passionate about writing. Largely, we imagine writers out on a ledge somewhere, spewing melancholy all over the place, in the form of sappy rhyme. We often place them in a sort of Bohemian nightmare, in humid, squalid apartments, bent over a typewriter, with messy […]

An Academy of the English Language…Not

Is the English language perfect as it is? As it continuously evolves (and sometimes regresses) and transforms, should there be a body in charge of regulating it? These are some of the questions that are being asked when it comes to establishing rules regarding the use of our widely spread language. The French language has […]

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The Language of Emotions

All humans are able to make the same sounds. However, each language has its own particular way of employing them. Just as each language follows different grammatical rules, it also uses different sounds to express emotion, though some may seem more similar than others. Depending on our mother tongue, some sounds will be more or […]

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The Future of Translation: A Matter of Patterns or Delicate Craft?

As the famous Chilean translator, Marina Orellana, once said, “Translation is not transliteration, that is, the transcription of words from one language to another. (…) What really matters is to grasp the ideas and express them successfully.” If this is, indeed, the essence of translation, then the craft of the linguist would seem to resemble […]

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