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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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The Longest Word in the World is German

In Germany, the captain of a steam boat arrives at the navigation bridge to set out on a new journey along the Danube River. Upon arriving at his cabin, he realizes that he is missing something important: the key to open the door. So the captain then asks a crew member where the Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitänskajütentürsschlüssel is. […]

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Words Used Worldwide

There are 196 countries in the world and English is the official language in 60 of these. Even in countries where this language is not official, many English words are borrowed and used on a daily basis. Furthermore, many even appear on foreign language dictionaries. For example, if you’re looking to start business in other […]

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