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Cinco de Mayo: Mexico’s Biggest Export

Today is a day worth remembering for a variety of reasons, both contemporary and historical.  Today’s date, the infamous “cinco de mayo,” has become quite a notorious and popular occasion to celebrate Mexican heritage and national identity…even though it’s not actually Mexico’s official Day of Independence (that’s the 16th of September). Evincing his need for […]

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Commas in English and Spanish

In English, we generally use a comma in front of the conjunctions “and” and “or”. The structures in English allow for us to skip the comma when working with other conjunctions. In certain sentences, the pause indicated by the comma will not be enough and a semi-colon must be used instead. Subordinate adverbial clauses between […]

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Compensating and Compromising

In the field of translation, there are inevitably going to be phrases and meanings in a Source Text that will not be able to be conveyed (at least not with complete fidelity) in the Target Text…that’s just the way it is.  Even the best translators in the world will encounter fragments of text that simply […]

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Cogency: Am I Making Myself Understood?

The ability to formulate an argument (written or spoken) that logically sustains itself is not perceived the same way in every part of the world, a fact which makes the work of a translator quite peculiar in certain instances.  In fact, the intersection of language and culture yields some incredibly interesting dilemmas, with regards to […]

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President Obama, the Power of Words, and Official Chinese Translation

Following up on my post from last week on President Obama and the power of words, it’s interesting to note how the words in President Obama’s inauguration speech were evidently deemed by the Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China to be too powerful for the people of China. Not only was the live […]

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The Economist cracks down on Americanisms

The Economist is the well-known and acclaimed magazine newspaper(!) about…well, economics…that is published in the UK. One of its proudest principles is how it likes to take stands on issues and argue in favor of or against topics. It is read by important, influential, and intelligent people throughout the world. So as I was thumbing […]

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Sapir-Whorf and Experimentation

If any of you languagephiles out there are not familiar with the Spair-Whorf hypothesis, it posits that the language a person speaks influences his or her thought patterns perception of the world. I have always found this fascinating for a variety of reasons, but especially when considering something like word order in the construction of […]

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Happy Holidays 2008

Wherever you are, whatever you may be doing for the next week, I wish you all happiness, warmth, health, food, family, and safety. Thank you for stopping by and reading this and any of the other posts. See you soon!

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