I've been quieter than I'd like to be on this blog, but things have been a bit crazy-hectic- mad getting ready for the release of The Prod...
“Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem — in my opinion — to characterize our age.”
By Ben Karl When I tell other translators what language pairs I work in, I inevitably get one of several reactions: wow, those are so different! That’s impressive, where did you learn that second o…
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Some examples of famous translation mistakes. They have the potential to be either simply humorous or truly damaging to a company’s brand.
The word has its origins beyond the gates of, gulp, hell.
Sound echoing within caves may have also influenced what early humans put on rock walls.
A natural language is a communication system that spontaneously arises among individuals. Natural languages, then, have not been designed by anyone. They appear naturally, as their name suggests. So what is a constructed language? Well, constructed languages are created by humans with a specific objective in mind. Depending on these objectives, artificial languages can be categorized+ Read More
Why Natalie Portman’s accent in Jackie is spot-on, even though it may sound odd to many people.
Should we ignore Strunk and White's “The Elements of Style”?
Professional translators are frequently called upon to translate texts dealing with very specific or technical subjects. Glossaries are...
Australia Day; it's snags on the barbie, mozzies, long necks, Akubra hats and that all Aussie sun blazing through our SPF 50+.
Wouldnât it be amazing to have one language that everyone could speak and understand? Thatâs what Polish doctor Ludwig Leyzer Zamenhof thought and created when he invented Esperanto in 1887. If you’ve heard of it, you know Esperanto is a language meant to be universal, and if you havenât, then you can have an idea …
This is, like, literally discrimination.
Infants recognize that speech in a language not their own is used for communication, finds a new psychology study. The results, which appear in the journal Cognition, offer new insights into how language is processed at a young age.
Did Balzac really drink 50 cups of coffee a day? Does Murakami actually wake up at 4 AM? For a week, I tried to live like famous writers. It went poorly.
My own collection of usage guides. I’ve collected quite a few of them since the start of the Bridging the Unbridgeable project in 2011. The aim of the project is to study usage guides and usage problems in British and American English, as well as attitudes to disputed usages like the split infinitive, the placement of only, the flat adverb, and many more.
Synonyms for dying range from the gloomily sombre to the morbidly funny – here are a few of them...
Donkeys don't say 'eeyore'—or do they?
Dialects are all there is.
I took on Noam Chomsky’s ideas about language and unleashed a decade of debate and ridicule. But is my argument wrong?
The man responsible for developing the phonetic translations of Chinese characters is being celebrated this week by Google, with a doodle. Zhou Youguang would be 112 years old Saturday. During his life, Youguang not only developed phonetic translations of Chinese characters — meaning, he’s the reason why you say “Beijing” instead of “Peking” these days, for instance — but also authored more than 40 books, and translated the Encyclopedia Britannica into Chinese.
Yassss kweeen, werq! Guest blogger Gary Nunn explores the linguistic legacy of the seminal 1990 documentary, Paris is Burning.
Guest blogger Mel Carlisle's blog post on everyday words and phrases that came from the printing press is truly the dog's bollocks.