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Mexican Spanish

Spanish is the most spoken language in Mexico: 97% of people use it either as their mother tongue or a second language. However, there are 67 indigenous languages in use and they have been protected since 2001 by the Linguistic Rights of Indigenous Peoples Law. The Spanish language arrived in Mexico with the conquerors, and […]

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Salvadoran Spanish

El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America and, like the vast majority of countries in the Americas, has Spanish as its official language. However, Salvadoran Spanish as we know it today exhibits significant linguistic influences from the indigenous languages that existed in the area before the Spanish conquerors arrived in the sixteenth century. […]

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Nicaraguan Spanish

Nicaragua is a Central American country with a multi-ethnic nature, due to the legacies of various cultures including the Toltec, Maya and Aztec. The official language is Spanish, although given the British colonization of the Atlantic coast, English is quite common alongside the native languages.   • Chorotegas • Maribios • Nicaraos (or Náhuatl, from […]

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The Spirit behind the MultilingualWeb Pisa Event

In a previous post, I commented on the outstanding choice of Pisa, Italy as the setting for the most recent MultilingualWeb Workshop: MultilingualWeb and the City of Pisa One of the primary reasons was that the location gave the event a unique essence or spirit, especially in comparison with other translation and localization industry conferences. […]

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MultilingualWeb and the City of Pisa

MultilingualWeb is a distinct conference that sets itself apart, in the same way that Pisa is a distinct city that sets itself apart. Indeed “Content on the Multilingual Web” was the second of the Workshops of the MultilingualWeb project and not a real conference. I’m used to the translation industry’s massive meetings, such as Localization […]

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The Success of GALA Lisbon 2011

The word on the street is that the recent Conference held by GALA (Globalization and Localization Association) in Lisbon was the best of the last three it has organized.   I would have to agree.   Granted, I only attended this last one but the organizers, Allison Ferch (Event Coordinator), Amy Ephrem (Member Coordinator) and, of course, […]

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French in Africa

Spanish is spoken in many countries, and while all Spanish speakers can understand each other, there are as many varieties of Spanish as nations that speak it. Something similar happens with French. While French speakers can understand each other regardless of what nation they come from, the French of France is not the same as […]

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