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When typos lead you astray

Typos can crop up even in documents that have been carefully proofed, particularly if the typographic mistake involves a real alternative word. So, translators should not be surprised to come across them in their source texts. The number of… Read More

March 13, 2020 by Alison Tunley

Monolingualism and intolerance

  According to a recent YouGov survey, a quarter of the British population report being “very or fairly bothered” when they hear those from a non-English speaking country talking to each other in their own language when in the UK. It’s hard to know where to begin with an assessment…

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March 6, 2020 by Alison Tunley

A dive into colour etymology

  My previous blog on the differences between languages in the way they categorise the colour spectrum prompted an exploration of the etymological origins of colour words in English. Maybe you’ve always wondered which came first: the colour orange or the fruit*, at any rate, this week’s blog should expand…

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March 3, 2020 by Alison Tunley

Translating the colour spectrum

  A while ago, esteemed linguistic tweeter @HaggardHawks recounted: “Not all languages have words for all the basic colours. But a study in 1969 found that all languages have words for BLACK and WHITE—and if a language has a third colour in its vocabulary, then it is always RED”. The…

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January 3, 2020 by admin

Another New Year, another bash at language learning

New Year, new you. It’s that time where you reflect on your failings and resolve to improve. For me, it’s something of an annual tradition to commit to resurrecting my fading, and frankly never brilliant, Spanish skills. Last year I made a good stab at it and lasted several months…

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December 19, 2019 by admin

The great festive greeting manufactroversy

It’s almost as traditional as the tinsel, mince pies and yule log. No, I’m not talking about Christmas stockings, I’m referring to the debate about inappropriate festive greetings. Whether it’s claims that “Seasons Greetings” is offensive to Christians for failing to refer to the true reason for festivities, or suggestions…

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December 11, 2019 by admin

Distraction (of the linguistic kind)

Even the most diligent translator occasionally needs some distraction from work. This week’s blog takes a trawl through linguistic Twitter in search of entertainment and education that might even tenuously be described as working. Of course, you can dutifully follow whichever agencies you work for and use your Twitter profile…

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December 4, 2019 by admin

“Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.” Ayn Rand

Translation is different from other forms of writing in that the basic material already exists when you start. The translator’s job is to reproduce the content so the target audience can access the text. But in other respects translation has much in common with creative writing, journalism and commercial copywriting.…

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November 27, 2019 by admin

Translating the Neapolitan Novels

I have recently been immersed in the Neapolitan Novels, a series of four books written in Italian under the pseudonym Elena Ferrante. Sadly Italian is not a language I speak, so I have been dependent on the translations by Ann Goldstein. In fact, it was really my interest in Goldstein…

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November 6, 2019 by admin

Is the dictionary sexist? And does it matter?

Earlier this year, women’s rights activist Maria Beatrice Giovanardi found herself looking for synonyms for the word “woman” using various online search engines. She was unimpressed with the results and reports on her experience in an article for the online publishing platform Medium. Describing the dictionary outputs as “patronising, misogynistic,…

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