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In loving memory…

“All my professional life, I have felt that translators are in the business of spinning an illusion – the illusion is that the reader is reading not a translation but the real thing.” Anthea Bell Among the great names of distinguished authors and linguists, the world has lost yet another great one. On the past […]

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The German Language and its Dialects

German is known to be one of the most difficult European languages to learn as a foreign language based on its extensive vocabulary, complex structures, long words, declensions, etc. In the area of translations, German is one of the most expensive languages, since it really requires a lot of effort and dedication to be able […]

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Reedeeming the Panlingua

Last week, as if by some sort of divine intervention, I had the privilege of visiting the private home of Xul Solar, one the most significant Argentine artists of our era. “I am a painter, a writer, not an inventor but a re-creator. Father to a panlingua who strives for perfection and which almost no one […]

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One Language to Rule Them All

The English language has become a universal language not because it has the largest number of native speakers (Chinese and Spanish have more), but because it has the highest number of non-native speakers. China, for example, has the largest population of English-as-second-language speakers in the world. In Korea, parents even have their children undergo a […]

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Praise the Dog

Dog parents have always believed that their pooch understands every word that is spoken to them. It is not rare to find people talking to their dogs while on a stroll through the neighborhood, or talking to them at home telling them about your day. Oddly enough, it has taken scientists a long time to […]

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Another Cup, Another Song

Once again, it’s time for the Soccer World Cup and this time it’s Mother Russia’s turn to host. It’s pretty amazing how these past four years just flew by, and here we are, ready to shout ‘GOOOL’ (as Latin-American narrators do) following the sweet sounds of a soccer shoe kicking the ball as it swooshes […]

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Don’t Ban Me, Gringo

We have become aware of two recent incidents involving Spanish speakers in the U.S. The first event happened in New York; a lawyer became infuriated because he heard restaurant employees speaking Spanish and threatened to call Immigration Services (the video went viral almost immediately). The second event occurred in the city of Havre, Montana, 50 […]

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Get Them Pumpkins Rolling

As Halloween approaches children and adults alike start their preparations for this much awaited date. Halloween is no longer regarded as a holiday marketed from the U.S. to the rest of the world. Many countries around the world have adopted this festivity (the American version of it) and it has become part of their holiday […]

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Lost in Punctuation

As languages may differ in terms of structure, gender, and syntax; there’s something that most languages have in common (there are a few exceptions to the rule): they need Punctuation. Punctuation is what helps us make sense of what we read and say, a necessary evil which serves to contain the chaos inherent in language. […]

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