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Does English exist??

By |October 18th, 2010|

“Does English exist?” the linguistics professor asked, and suggested this might be a useful question to think about in our daily practice as translators.

Well – yes and no. Imagine you are negotiating a contract with a translation agency or another prospective client who wants a large document translated into English, […]

The Language Translation Industry in Spain

By |October 12th, 2010|

In Spain, like in the rest of the world, the language translation industry plays an essential role in the economical, cultural and social development of the country.

Over the last decades, translation activities have grown rapidly. Nowadays, the professional translation market is growing at a rate of 6% per […]

Tongue Twisters from Poland!

By |October 11th, 2010|

You probably got the touch of Poland by now, especially after Tesco’s introduction of several Polish delicacies in their stores like Gołąbki, flaczki or Żubrówka.  Sound quite familiar already, right? Well, even though you experienced Polish cuisine I bet you still haven’t heard of ‘łamańce językowe'(Polish tongue twisters).

Here are some […]

Modern Imperialism

By |October 8th, 2010|

Linguistic Dominance or Imperialism can be defined as the transfer of power through language.

In the 21st century, the English language is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, which is why it has been attributed the name of “world language”.  Being the lingua franca of the modern […]

Virelangues-French Tongue Twisters!

By |October 7th, 2010|

Tongue Twisters are a fun way of testing the speaker’s ability to correctly pronounce the succession of similar sounds.  They are words or sentences with repetitions and recurring syllables which are repeated as fastly as possible.  These can surprisingly be found in almost all languages from Spanish to Creole.

In French, […]

Lost in Translation??

By |October 6th, 2010|

Lost in Translation is a very funny film in which Bill Murray plays a hapless Hollywood has-been reduced to starring in a whisky advert shot in Tokyo, where he finds himself at odds with the local culture and at the mercy of an incompetent interpreter – in fact, a 100-minute […]

The Internationalization of Facebook

By |October 5th, 2010|

Do you know anybody who doesn’t know what Facebook is? I bet you don’t. This social networking website has become incredibly popular in the last decade. It’s got over 58 million users spread over many countries around the world. People say : ‘Once it gets you, it’s got you.’

Facebook is […]

Translator of the Week: Floriane Ballige

By |October 5th, 2010|

This week we are launching our new blog titled the ‘Translator of the Week’, a way to say thank you to our most dedicated translators.  Floriane Ballige is our translator of the week. She is not only committed to delivering quality texts but also […]