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Where Is Hausa Spoken?

Hausa, also spelt Haussa, Houssa or Housa, is an Afro-Asiatic language and the most widely spoken of the Chadic languages, the grouping of languages spoken in northern Nigeria, Niger, Chad, the Central African Republic and Cameroon. The Hausa people are the largest ethnic group of Central Africa, hence why it is the most spoken in […]

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Is “usted” Really Always the Best Option?

I’ve noticed lots of confusion regarding this matter: many people are under the impression that it’s correct to use “usted” at all times, in all cases. I’m afraid that that’s not correct, however: not always, not in all cases.  It depends on the objective to be accomplished. According to the Diccionario de la Real Academia […]

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Why Multilingualism Counts for So Much

As a translator and as someone that is surrounded by multilingual individuals on a daily basis at work, I’d have to say that I find the process and the effort of grappling with various languages to be enormously rewarding.  As somebody that grew up in a multilingual home I am convinced it is something that […]

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The Persian Language

It belongs to the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family, which we spoke about HERE. More than 60 million people are native speakers of this language, and they are distributed across Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Oman, the Arab Emirates and India, as well as members of the Persian diaspora. The ISO and the Academy […]

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More Automatic Translation Gadget News

As a translator, it is with a fair share of trepidation and chagrin that I “celebrate” news (such as the topic of today’s post) relating to new gadgets that facilitate–or usurp!–the job of the translator or interpreter.  Nonetheless, the gadget we’re going to be looking at here is just too nifty to disregard, and, thankfully, […]

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Punctuation in Lists in Spanish

It’s common in our line of work for people to have doubts regarding proper punctuation in lists in Spanish. It’s important to keep certain principles in mind: the extent of the listed ideas and whether they represent marketing material or tables. In addition to the Diccionario de la Real Academia Española, to which we constantly […]

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has yet again befallen us, and all around the US (and in the many parts of the world where American expats and Americanophiles happen to be tucked away) folks are likely enduring the several hours of fasting to make space for the turkey, gravy and stuffing bedecked eat-a-thon that descends right about nightfall. Despite […]

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