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What’s the Equivalent of John Doe or Juan Pérez in Other Countries?

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In the Spanish-speaking world they’re known as Juan Pérez, “fulano de tal,” N.N., among other things. The truth is that, despite being among the most common first and last names in Latin America, not many people know someone with just those names, though we tend to use them to refer to someone without a specific […]

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10 Key Points to Learn a New Language

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Without naming names, how many people do we know that “started a language”? For those who succumbed and gave up halfway through, The Guardian’s website posted an interesting article a few days ago about motivations to learn a new language while not dying in the effort, compiled from language professors and students through their experience. […]

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Are We Just a Product of the Languages We Speak?

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Each language has a particular grammatical structure and different ways of expressing ideas, which is something that anyone who has studied another language has experienced and which translators are particularly aware of. These unique linguistic nuances often emphasize different parts of speech, which require speakers to consider different causes, possibilities and ideas. But is it […]

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Do You Need a College Degree?

A few months ago, a lovely acquaintance who wants to be an interpreter, asked me whether she needed a college degree to succeed as a (court) interpreter. We hadn’t really thought about this, as college is such a natural step in most professionals’ lives, but the question is more than valid and merited some more […]

Modifiers, Interrupted

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As linguists, our work often times requires translating complex texts that include sentences and structures of all lengths and types. Given that sentence structures are often different from one language to another, the experienced linguist is well aware that a good quality translation may sometimes require the re-ordering of clauses so as to flow more […]

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Which Is Considered the Best Dubbing Job in History?

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In previous posts we dealt with the subject of the revolution of dubbing (specifically, in animated Disney films). Starting in the 1940s, this aspect of internationalization of film was subject to incredible improvements. But which is considered to be among the best dubbing jobs in history? And, more important still, what characteristics does it display? Through […]

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