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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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Consider the Octopus

A few posts ago we were talking about the ever-growing presence of emoticons, emojis, animated gifs, and other visual forms of communicating; and also, how really it has become an ever-growing presence because technology has also become the same, ubiquitous almost. There’s another ad that’s been circulating around, I think it’s for a brand of phones, […]

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Languages in Infinite Space

While the SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) tirelessly explores the different corners of space, hoping to capture some extraterrestrial sign or transmission confirming that we are not alone in the universe, many have chosen to ask themselves the opposite question: have our broadcasts reached a planet where there is intelligent life? And if so, […]

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Latin American Translators Living Abroad

Many of us work in translation because it provides us with endless satisfaction not only professionally and monetarily, but also on a personal level. It’s a career full of learning. We often hear people say: “I can work from anywhere as long as there is Internet.” This allows us to travel the world and establish our […]

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Helianthus vs. Sunflower – Are botanical translations a real challenge?

I’ve always been intrigued by the real and complex names of flowers. Who knew that a sunflower is actually called helianthus or that Lanicera caprifolium means honeysuckle? I bet the majority of you don’t and that’s why when it comes to literary translations it’s really important that linguists are familiarized with these terms and also […]

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