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More on Geographical Name Conversion: The Process of Transliteration

According to the “Manual for the National Standardization of Geographical Names” by the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names, there are four processes for the conversion of endonyms: (1) transliteration, (2) transcription, (3) translation and (4) exonymization. My last post was exactly on this fourth and last process… Well, at least we explored […]

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English and Its Turbulent Origin

English is probably the most widely spoken language in the world. In most cases when someone visits a country where they do not speak the local language, English is often the go-to option for communication. English could be considered the new universal language, the new Latin. It is on television, in the movies, literature, and music, […]

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The so-called “Establishment”

Recently in newspapers I’ve come across a specific term which is being used a lot, mostly because of the politically-centered times we are living in. Yet whilst doing some research I found that the term is used mostly in the UK where it refers to leading politicians, judges, senior Clergy of the Church of England […]

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Editing, Review, or Stylistic Editing?

When our clients ask us for a quote, we usually estimate two or three steps for the completion of the translation project. Our most common combinations are: translation and editing and/or translation, editing and proofreading (review, copy editing, or stylistic editing, depending on one’s own preference). This last step, which we will discuss in this […]

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The Least Translated Language?

Those living in a big city have surely noticed the large amount of text present in the most unlikely places of the cityscape. Many of these texts are the “work” of gangs, who use graffiti as their newspaper or their bulletin board. These inscriptions mark their territory and also send clear messages to members of rival […]

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Mandarin Chinese as a Universal Language

With the Chinese New Year around the corner, it seems appropriate to talk a little about the Chinese language, its competition with English regarding usage and how it is gaining prominence among languages used in business and finance around the world. As has been said for a long time, it won’t be long before Chinese becomes […]

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Language is a virus from outer space

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

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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