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One Japanese New Year’s Celebration

While taking my time to look around and appreciate all that other cultures have to offer in terms of variety and uniqueness, I stumbled across this fantastic post describing the tradition on the Japanese peninsula of Oga: http://samuraidave.wordpress.com/2009/03/04/japanese-devils-scare-the-laziness-out-of-kids/ In short, the tradition centers around Namahage, a local mountain deity who…well, he must be seen to […]

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The Importance of Language in Diplomacy

The United States government has a high demand for linguists. President Obama’s administration is looking to put more emphasis on diplomacy through more effective multilingual communication in all areas: intelligence, defense, State Department agencies, etc. The ILR (Interagency Language Roundtable) was created and includes several agencies of the State Department. Its main focus will be […]

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Is “usted” Really Always the Best Option?

I’ve noticed lots of confusion regarding this matter: many people are under the impression that it’s correct to use “usted” at all times, in all cases. I’m afraid that that’s not correct, however: not always, not in all cases.  It depends on the objective to be accomplished. According to the Diccionario de la Real Academia […]

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Using Latin in Legal Documents (With Glossaries)

Anyone who has ever translated or taken part, in any capacity, in a legal proceeding can attest to the fact that there is a multitude of phrases and expressions that are pure Latin and yet are used in documents in many languages without translation. They remain unchanged to maintain uniformity throughout the world in various […]

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The Persian Language

It belongs to the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family, which we spoke about HERE. More than 60 million people are native speakers of this language, and they are distributed across Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Oman, the Arab Emirates and India, as well as members of the Persian diaspora. The ISO and the Academy […]

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Specialized Translation Agencies

I recently read an article about the new national certification given to medical interpreters of Spanish in the United States. I think this is actually quite important, especially for the people who are receiving medical services. Unfortunately, these people have a very low level of education. In addition, they are looking to include languages besides […]

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Top Words of 2009

We still have a month left before 2009 comes to a close forever, but Merriam-Webster has already published its “words of the year” (what about the remaining 9% of 2009!?!?!?). The interesting aspect of M-W’s list is that it uses the words that were most looked up on its online dictionary as the basis for […]

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Translator Training

This concept is extremely important. I am not just talking about the education that a translator receives in their studies, but also about culture in general, which is even more important when a translator is specialized in a certain field or fields. A translator’s training consists in their ability to master their mother tongue: writing, […]

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