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Translation Services: Foreignising or domesticating?

By |January 26th, 2011|

Translation services make up a wide and interesting area of the language services industry. One of its academic branches is translation theory, dealing with how a text should be approached and what underlies the translation process.

A leading translation theorist is the American Lawrence Venuti, who in his book ‘The […]

Tourism & Business Translation Services

By |January 25th, 2011|

The International Tourism Trade Fair, Fitur, recently took place in Madrid. After the “Word Travel Market”, which takes place in London in November, Fitur is the world’s second most important international fair for travel and tourism. What support can business translation services provide to this hugely influential sector?

Thousands of tourism […]

How do you sign…?

By |January 21st, 2011|

Sometimes when we think about languages in general, we might be likely to miss out Sign Language, and especially British Sign Language (BSL). Just to give you an idea, BSL was recognized as a minority language in Britain in 2003 and it is spoken as a first language by between […]

Ofsted reports poor language teaching in UK

By |January 20th, 2011|

Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, has criticised the standard of language learning in British schools, referring to language lessons in secondary schools as “weak”. It reported that many pupils had few opportunities to use the language they were learning, and that teachers were often reluctant to use the […]

Want to learn a foreign language? Move abroad!

By |January 18th, 2011|

If you really want to learn a language, the best thing you can do is move to the country that speaks it. At least, this is what my personal experience has showed me.

You can take plenty of language courses, which will undoubtedly be useful in improving your level. But […]

“You can say you to me”

By |January 17th, 2011|

The other day, I was talking to a friend who has just returned to the U.K. after living in Vienna for twenty years. “I had to leave,” he said. “People were starting to address me as Sie rather than Du.” He was partly joking, of course, but I knew exactly […]

Technical Translation Services: Machines are Stupid

By |January 11th, 2011|

Actually, they are not. Watching a translation engine at work, reconsidering translation choices within split seconds as more information becomes available, is impressive. If only I could think that fast! Why is machine translation viewed in a negative light by linguists?

 To take the example of technical translation services, machines can […]

U.S. University Releases 2011 Banished Words list

By |January 10th, 2011|

Lake Superior State University recently released their 36th annual ‘List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness’ for 2011. As is clear from the name, the list is a protest against the over- and misuse of popular buzzwords, and can be found here:

One of […]

New Year’s Resolutions

By |January 6th, 2011|

So what’s yours? You are going to quit smoking; lose twenty pounds; go to the gym every day; stop watching reruns of CSI and finish George Steiner’s After Babel instead; meet all your deadlines, and finish those tricky technical translations; not max out your credit card ever again; never lose […]

Translation Services: Going Crackers

By |January 5th, 2011|

The festive season is just over and most of us will have enjoyed sharing a cracker while gathered around the Christmas table, looked for the paper crown and maybe moaned about the useless presents found inside. Although this is very familiar to most people in the UK (and now even […]

Can Esperanto aid language acquisition?

By |January 4th, 2011|

Ever heard of Esperanto? Neither have a lot of people, but it has been suggested that it may be a useful tool in developing language learning skills.

Esperanto is a constructed language, and is the only one to have native speakers. It was devised by L. L. Zamenhof as a […]

Dinner for One

By |January 3rd, 2011|