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How to Enter the Translation Field

Becoming a translator is not the easiest thing by any means: not only do certain basic conditions need to be met (such as possessing strong mastery of two or more languages), but furthermore there are long and challenging degree programs geared specifically towards creating translation professionals.  In fact, over the last several decades the amount […]

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A Beginning…Cuneiform

Though spoken language has been in existence for tens of thousands of years, it was not until the end of the fourth millennium before the common era—according to the best calculations of experts on the matter—that written language was invented.  One of the earliest known forms of written language emerged from the region of Sumer […]

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Compensating and Compromising

In the field of translation, there are inevitably going to be phrases and meanings in a Source Text that will not be able to be conveyed (at least not with complete fidelity) in the Target Text…that’s just the way it is.  Even the best translators in the world will encounter fragments of text that simply […]

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When Knowing a Language Is Fun

Portuguese is a Romance language spoken by 240 million people.  The international expansion of this language took place during the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries with the Portuguese Empire, whose borders stretched from Brazil to Goa, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, East Timor, Cabinda, Sao Tome and Principe, Cape Verde, Angola, Guinea Bissau, […]

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Cogency: Am I Making Myself Understood?

The ability to formulate an argument (written or spoken) that logically sustains itself is not perceived the same way in every part of the world, a fact which makes the work of a translator quite peculiar in certain instances.  In fact, the intersection of language and culture yields some incredibly interesting dilemmas, with regards to […]

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Italian, the Successor of Latin

In the Roman Empire, spoken language (vulgar Latin) differed from written language (literary Latin).  Romance languages derive from vulgar Latin, the spoken variety.  The language that today we know as Italian is the one that has remained closest to the original Latin base, while other Romance languages have had external influences: French has been affected […]

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