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Europe’s Hopes and Dreams and Its Linguistic Reality

The latest publication from Eurobarometer (the survey system that collects statistical data on public opinion in Europe) yielded a series of figures that point to the increasing importance of multilingualism in European societies. In the press release that accompanied the publication of the study, Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said […]

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The Spanish Invasion

There is a lot of talk about how Spanish is increasingly overrun by Anglicisms. However, it is also interesting to note that English, at present, has also borrowed a significant number of words from Spanish. This phenomenon is not new. As early as the late eighteenth century, in the United States something could be described […]

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A tale of two translations

A couple of weeks ago, in the weekly Chess tactics lesson of my local club (Oh, no! Not another entry about Chess!), the game we were considering contained the following funny sentence: ¡nunca se sabe por dónde saldrá el sol! (you never know where the sun will rise!) I didn’t notice at the time, but […]

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Chess across languages

Surfing around, I came across this page, which presents the names given to the chess pieces in other languages: foreign names of chess pieces. It is very interesting to see how many cross-relationships there are among these names. To start with, all of them seem to agree on the fact that the most important piece […]

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Google Enhances Website Translation Services

Google, which has been offering a free website translation service since 2009, has just added a new feature to this service, making it more interactive, flexible and collaborative. Similar to how the basic Google Translate service works, this new feature allows both the website’s creator and its visitors to tweak the Website Translator plugin’s translation […]

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In Search of That Tiny Slanted Mark

It would seem that with each passing day the Spanish diacritic, or accent mark, is disappearing more and more. Go out for a walk and you’ll see that it’s not uncommon to see street signs, ads and posters that are incorrectly written. Not to mention the absence of accents on capital letters, text messages and […]

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