Unfortunately, bad translations are surprisingly common. You can find them almost everywhere. Just take a look around you: airport signs, food labels, product instructions, restaurant menus, guide books… the list goes on and on. This is why we decided to write this blog post and show you 5 examples of translations that went wrong. Most […]
Translation into Portuguese can raise many difficulties for any translator who is a non native speaker of Portuguese or even for native speakers who have been away from Portugal for a long time. Let’s look at some subtleties that could easily go unnoticed. The Portuguese word «embalagem», which means «packaging» in English, could easily be […]
Hello World! Have you heard the song with which Portugal is going to win the next Eurovision Song Contest? It was written by Luísa Sobral and sung by her brother, Salvador Sobral. Everyone is affected by its extraordinary melody, whether they understand the lyrics or not. But we want the whole world to be happy […]
Proofreading in English – Letrário’s team advice for writing compass points Lower case for “east”, “west”, “north”, “south”, except when part of a name: “North Korea”, “South Africa”, “West End”. Lower case for vaguer areas such as the American “north-east”, “north-west”, “south-east”, “south-west”. Also lower-case for the adjectives: “midwestern”, “western”, “southern”. The regions of Africa […]
Yes, it’s all true! But… it’s «bridges», not «brigdes». If a good translation is crucial, good proofreading is not less crucial… Especially when you are going to print it on an outdoor.
We found this astonishing Spanish verb («ningunear») in a newspaper recently when we were collecting linguistic data relevant to translation works. Generated from the «ninguno» pronoun, the «ninguenear» verb denotes the linguistic creativity of the Spaniards. It means that someone treats a person as though they were no one, belittling them, not taking them into […]
This expression, well visible on a wall, makes me feel uncomfortable, as I go by, because I sense that it may be warning me that I am the one who is «under fire», reason why I should be careful. Or, it may be that the author of that writing is the one who is in […]
Awarding translations by simply comparing numbers is like buying a pair a trousers and looking only at the price tag. We might end up going to work in some… inconvenient trousers. Naturally, if the translation is meant for internal use only and you have the possibility of committing your own time to proofreading, correcting and […]
Today is Letrário’s 17th anniversary! And the all world kindly decided to congratulate us. There is even a chinese cat, and a little french robot. There is also lots of music, dancing and singing in the streets… Don’t miss it.
The idea for a common language has been, throughout the centuries, the dream of many. Some even tried to achieve it. According to Father Joahann Schleyer, after being visited by God, Who assured him it was about time that mankind spoke the same language, he got down to business and created a language that would […]