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The Challenge of Translating Medical Notes

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Going to see a doctor due to an injury or illness is a common practice that takes place every day around the world. After diagnosing the patient, the doctor prepares a handwritten note so the patient may purchase a prescription. The handwriting on the note is often indecipherable to us, but we are confident that the […]

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I’m Just Phubbing Around

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Languages are living organisms that update themselves and keep themselves current with our new attitudes and life-styles. English in particular is very good at coming up with new terminology, allowing speakers to increase communication skills and always be “in the loop.” But when we combine our need to communicate with technology, results are not always the best. Even […]

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Translation and Intertextuality: The Importance of Reading between the Lines

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We’ve already discussed how instances of intertextuality can be found in all texts, whether literary, political or otherwise, as well as in everyday conversations. By mentioning a quote from a book or a reference to a movie or commercial, every time we communicate we generate millions of connections and create a network of links that […]

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You Had Me at “Hola”

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We have already talked about both the importance and relevance of the minority’s vote in the upcoming election. We focused on the role of the Latino/Hispanic vote and how the Republican Party intended to attract them. Now, as promised, it’s time to have a go at the Democrats. While Republicans resorted to the use of […]

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S.O.S.! Translators Needed in the U.S. Presidential Campaign!

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In a presidential campaign that has been so unusual by so many standards, it’s no surprise that the role of foreigners within it has brought with it some reproval, linguistically speaking. And before the dust settles from the scandal of the “alleged” plagiarism by the Republican candidate’s wife from the current first lady, when the […]

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3 Ways Pronunciation Can Get Lost in Translation

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A Spanish-native friend of mine recently recommended I watch a new Netflix series which has gone viral; you may have heard of “Stranger Things”. There was some initial confusion, however, because my friend didn’t say “Things”, but rather “Fings”. This phenomenon caught my attention: (it always has actually, and that’s why I’ve decided to write […]

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Humans Vs. Machines: Final Battle

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Since the industrial revolution displaced millions of workers, replacing them with machines that were much faster, stronger and more efficient than they, today, many people from a variety of professions also worry about something similar happening to them. The truth is that the rapid advance of technology leaves many people jobless each day. One area […]

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Google to the Rescue of Gender Ambiguity

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For those of us who began translating before the advent of Google, and primarily those who usually translate from English into Spanish, the arrival of the Silicon Valley giant has created a host of resources that never cease to amaze both professionals and clients alike. I won’t get into the most well-known resources, but rather, […]

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