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Triphthongs in Spanish

A triphthong is a sequence of three vowels making up one syllable. Some examples in Spanish would be: a – pre – ciáis, co – piéis, buey. For a triphthong to exist, two closed atonic vowels (“i” or “u”) and, between them, an open vowel (“a”, “e”, or “o”): anunciáis, guau, miau, confiéis. Sequences of […]

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When Translations Get Tricky

It’s common in the translation field to come across projects that evince enormous intercultural differences, obliging the translator to come up with some sort of ingenious solution to the issue.  On the one hand, translators can try to tweak the message of the text to render an appropriate final result, but this is usually frowned […]

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Language Statistics

•    Quantity of living languages: 6912 •    Quantity of language on the verge of extinction: 516 •    Language with the largest quantity of native speakers: Mandarin Chinese •    Language spoken by the largest quantity of non-natives: English (250 million native speakers versus 350 million non-native speakers) •    Country where the largest variety of languages are […]

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Diplomatic Translation Gaffe

Recently, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was kind enough to give us the latest example of how poor quality translations can leave an organization looking foolish. In this case, the organization in question was the United States government. As reported on CNN’s website, Hillary presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with a “reset button” to […]

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Investing in Professional Translation Can Save You Big Time!

Professional translation services are there to offer a wide variety of customers an effective way to communicate with people that speak a different language, no matter who they may be.  In this vein, one of the primary roles of the translator is to exercise a strong degree of cross cultural awareness, thereby enabling themselves to […]

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