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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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The Newest Grammar Hounds

Grammar hounds, and I include myself in this list, are those who are so obsessed with proper presentation of a language that even the slightest mistake or oversight in a sentence invokes a twitchy reaction and a move to whatever “Edit” button is available. The Internet is a bastion of poor grammar and spelling mistakes […]

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Armenian: an Independent Branch of the Indo-European Language Family

When the studying of Armenian began in the 19th century, it was believed that Armenian descended from Iranian, an error produced by the vast number of loans from that language. Yet subsequent studies proved that, indeed, Armenian is an independent branch of the Indo-European family. According to the historian Herodotus, Armenian was a variety of […]

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