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Latin Phrases: The Resistance of a Dead Language

Until the 18th century, the language of cultural and scientific expression in Europe was Latin. For this reason, many Latin phrases continue to be used until today in scientific, philosophical, technical, religious, medical, and legal language. We frequently come across these phrases, and in general, if we are translating between European languages, where in most […]

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Spanish Language and Its Countless Variations

Today, the Spanish speaking population reaches over 500 million people around the world. Additionally, Latin America has become in a rapidly growing market with much development and growth potential. Without a doubt, it has become a major market to introduce, and offer to services and products. However, when doing so we must acknowledge the fact […]

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The Translation of Humor in Asterix

Asterix was one of my first devotions as a reader. I started reading the comic so young that, even before understanding that the story takes place somewhere in Europe two thousand years ago, I noticed that the coexistence of different languages was a very present element throughout the strip. This occurs between the language to […]

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What Are the Differences Between Spanish and Catalan?

Both of them are Romance languages, but Catalan—contrary to popular belief—is not a dialect of Spanish, but rather an entirely different language. In fact, looks nothing like the Spanish that today’s Spanish-speakers use. If we were to compare it with another language, it would appear more similar to Portuguese or French. The Catalan language comes […]

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Foreign Film or Film in Foreign Language

This past week the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, announced the complete shortlist of nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film 2014. Sure enough, because this is the American Academy, what they refer to foreign language excludes anything in English. While categorizing as so and not as it is usually know,  Best Foreign […]

The Decline of the Mother Language?

In this new entry I’d like to explore a possible change of course regarding a linguistic phenomenon as studied as it is supported. Linguistics has established, in its various branches (psycho, neuro, and socio) that children acquire the fundamentals of their main language on behalf of their family. This language was denominated, with little eloquence, […]

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