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Language is a virus from outer space

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So far, we (meaning I) have looked at language and translations as: – a deterrent to cultural genocide – a form of time travel – something maybe invented by God (by way of the fault of ancient Babylonians) – something constantly flowing, moving, changing, communicating actively And generally, the fact that we are, within this […]

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Literary Translation and its Context

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In the world of translation there are different types of specializations. Since ancient times, translation has been utilized as a means of communication that, even today, allows for interaction between different societies around the world and breaks down economic and cultural barriers between a wide variety of languages. This activity has enabled the creation and […]

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Consider the Octopus

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A few posts ago we were talking about the ever-growing presence of emoticons, emojis, animated gifs, and other visual forms of communicating; and also, how really it has become an ever-growing presence because technology has also become the same, ubiquitous almost. There’s another ad that’s been circulating around, I think it’s for a brand of phones, […]

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Latin American Translators Living Abroad

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Many of us work in translation because it provides us with endless satisfaction not only professionally and monetarily, but also on a personal level. It’s a career full of learning. We often hear people say: “I can work from anywhere as long as there is Internet.” This allows us to travel the world and establish our […]

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Helianthus vs. Sunflower – Are botanical translations a real challenge?

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I’ve always been intrigued by the real and complex names of flowers. Who knew that a sunflower is actually called helianthus or that Lanicera caprifolium means honeysuckle? I bet the majority of you don’t and that’s why when it comes to literary translations it’s really important that linguists are familiarized with these terms and also […]

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The Longest Word in the World is German

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In Germany, the captain of a steam boat arrives at the navigation bridge to set out on a new journey along the Danube River. Upon arriving at his cabin, he realizes that he is missing something important: the key to open the door. So the captain then asks a crew member where the Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitänskajütentürsschlüssel is. […]

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