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You Had Me at “Hola”

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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Etymology: The DNA of Words

The word “etymology” comes from the Latin word “etymologĭa” and also the Greek word “ἐτυμολογία,” which is composed of “ἔτυμος étimos” (true sense”), and “λογία” (“the study of”). Therefore, etymology is the study of the meaning of words, or parts thereof. For example, Latin and Greek are two “heavyweights,” as they are the source of […]

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

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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The Challenges Posed by Plurilingual Translation Projects

Translating is a challenge in itself, as expressing the same meaning or conveying the same emotion in two different languages can be a very intricate task. However, this task becomes even more challenging when a text must be translated into several different languages. For project managers, plurilingual projects pose a more complex challenge than bilingual […]

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3 Ways Pronunciation Can Get Lost in Translation

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

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

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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Cryptophasia: The Secret Language of Twins

Although code languages have existed since the dawn of civilization for all types of uses and circumstances, there is a phenomenon about which very little known: Cryptophasia (Greek for “secret” and “speech”), also known as “twin speak.” It is the language developed by twins in their early life, ignoring for some time the language and […]

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Centennial Copa América: A Tall Cup of Terminology

Once again, everybody is excited about the Centennial Copa América (or Copa América Centenario, if you prefer). Throughout the month of June, the eyes of football (Yes! “Football,” although, since the Cup is being hosted by the United States of America, perhaps we should concede and call it “soccer”) fans in Latin America are focused […]

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What Are Pidgin Languages?

A pidgin language is a language based on two or more languages and which has a practical and immediate purpose. It usually arises in diverse situations of contact between speakers, such as trade or slavery –where at least two groups must communicate with each other despite not sharing a common language. While there is little […]

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