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Will Language Tests For Foreign Nurses Be Easier?

Will Language Tests For Foreign Nurses Be Easier?

  As Britain’s Brexit negotiations proceed smoothly towards a satisfactory consensus … no wait, something’s not right there. Whatever your view on Britain’s impending departure from the EU it seems clear that the issue of immigration is one… Read More

April 12, 2017 by Alison Tunley

The language of the marathon

This blog post is shamelessly influenced by your blogger’s obsession with running! April is the month when Londoners and Bostonians turn out in their droves for two of the finest city marathons. And this year I will be attempting to run both, a total of 52.4 miles with just six…

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March 9, 2017 by Alison Tunley

Are modern languages an endangered species in British schools?

Learning of languages in the UK is slowly dying out. That is the stark warning from an investigative article in the TES published in January this year. Since the Labour government made foreign language learning optional at GCSE from 2005, the number of students choosing languages has fallen drastically. What’s…

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March 2, 2017 by Alison Tunley

Can dialectal prejudice contribute to miscarriages of justice?

  Can prejudice against a dialect potentially influence decisions made in the criminal justice system? That is the question at the heart of a fascinating paper by John Rickford and Sharese King published in Language: A Journal of the American Linguistic Society. The paper investigates whether a jury’s attitude towards…

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February 23, 2017 by Alison Tunley

The Oscars – Best Foreign Language Films for 2017

Excitement is mounting in the film industry at the prospect of the annual Oscars ceremony on February 26th and there is one award category in particular which will be of interest to those working in translation: the Best Foreign Film award. To be eligible for the award each film must…

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February 15, 2017 by Alison Tunley

Marks and Spencer Hits Translation Obstacle in Mid Wales

I spent Christmas in my home town of Aberystwyth in Wales and this gave me a chance to indulge in one of my favourite pastimes, flicking through my parents’ back copies of the local newspaper The Cambrian News. Regional newspapers are always a delight for the London escapee with the…

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February 8, 2017 by Alison Tunley

Are Native Speakers at a Disadvantage in a Global Market?

We naturally assume that being a native speaker brings advantages in terms of being able to communicate clearly. Native English speakers, in particular, often feel that their prowess in a global language gives them a straightforward channel of communication to business colleagues all around the world. But a recent conversation…

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February 1, 2017 by Alison Tunley

Do You Speak Footballese?

The winter months offer rich pickings for the armchair football fan with fixtures coming thick and fast and club chairmen (they are generally men) hitting the panic button and firing their managers in the hope of turning their seasons round. At the time of writing four Premier League managers have…

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January 11, 2017 by Alison Tunley

Looking back – a year in words

Looking back – a year in words The New Year may be an arbitrary ticking over of the calendar but it is, nonetheless, a prompt to look back and reflect. 2016 may best be remembered as the year when facts and predictions became old hat. Who, 12 months ago, would…

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January 5, 2017 by H Fream

A Translator’s Resolutions for 2017

[caption id="attachment_15582" align="aligncenter" width="608"] Start on January 1[/caption] We should all make a few resolutions that are not beyond our reach and we know won’t be ignored past January 2nd. Here are a few from a freelance translator’s perspective: Travel more Travelling helps to broaden our knowledge, our minds and…

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December 28, 2016 by H Fream

The End of Another Year!

Thanks to Clemence Billiard for producing our fantastic holiday image once again this year. Every year for us here at Rosetta Translation is as exciting and busy as the last. 2016 has certainly been no exception and, as we enter the month of December, it is a time for us…

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