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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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The Creation of the Dothraki Language

Ever wondered what languages the characters of Game of Thrones speak? Following the release of Game of Thrones’ latest season and my fanaticism, I began reading a bit about the featured languages spoken in the series, particularly by the Dothraki people and Daenerys Targaryen. The idea of the Dothraki language dates back to George R.R […]

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Languages in the Afterlife

Who hasn’t heard of the famous Spirit of the Glass game? There are many rumors and fantastical or sinister stories around it, but the idea is the same: communicating with people who have passed. The theory is simple, spirits need the energy of at least 3 people that invite them to communicate. The letters of […]

If The UK Leaves The EU, So Will The English Language?

As the upcoming Referendum to decide whether the UK will leave or remain in the EU approaches, more questions regarding the stability of the Union arise. Not only in matters of business, integration, financial services, immigration, and freedom of movement for British citizens, but also whether or not the English language will continue being the “official” language of […]

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Numeric and Alphanumeric Expressions

Some translations pose challenges that go beyond mere words; sometimes we must translate the meaning of numbers or alphanumeric expressions. I am not referring to numerology or systems such as Kabbalah, but rather numeric or alphanumeric expressions that conceal very specific meanings. Let’s look at a few of them: To zero in on The difficulty […]

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