All professions have their quirks, but translators are a unique bunch. Add to that the many misconceptions there are about what we do and what it actually takes to do… [Continue Reading]
A few weeks ago I wrote an article on the hardest English words in terms of pronunciation. Don’t get me wrong, I am very enthusiastic about English and I love the language very much. After all, it is my field of study and I would never devote so much of my time to something I do not like. Sometimes though we do tease our beloved about their peculiarities. And don’t tell me you don’t, I know you do! Also, working on a dictionary, no matter how interesting it is, gets sometimes a little weird, especially when you have to translate strange things you never knew that existed. Anyway, I have decided to share with you some of the words I came across and involuntarily learned in the past few months. I can’t wait to use these words in a conversation to see the reactions of other people, preferably native speakers!
Sprachen entwickeln nicht weiter; wir lernen neue Wörter, vergessen andere und verlieren manche Sprachen ganz. Aber der Bereich der Technologie bietet uns immer wieder neue Ausdrücke für unseren täglichen Gebrauch…. [Continue Reading]
Languages are evolving – we learn new words, abandon others or lose some languages altogether. But then there is technology that provides us with new terms on a daily basis. These words took on entirely new meanings.
At the end of each year, the Swedish language council conducts a list of words that have been invented or increased in use during the year. A glance through the words and their explanations is always a nice way of recapping the year that has passed. So, what’s on 2011’s list?
Come ogni altro essere vivente di questo pianeta, le lingue nascono, crescono e muoiono. Lasciamo da parte per il momento il discorso sulla nascita e la morte delle lingue e… [Continue Reading]
As every other living thing on planet Earth, languages are born, grow and die. Here we speak about Italian. What about your language? Are there any new words in your language that you like? Are there any old-fashioned words you would like to save?
Share your ideas in the comments!