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Translation by non native speakers: some funny consequences…

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 […]

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Translating the best song at the Eurovision Song Contest

Translating the best song at the Eurovision Song Contest

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 […]

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Compass points – Rules for the correct writing

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 […]

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The translation of «ningunear»

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 […]

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For professionals who award translations

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 […]

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Globish, the new Esperanto

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 […]

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Instructions for tourists – a translation mishap

Now that the holidays are drawing nearer, we will be out and about trying to decipher the instructions left for tourists, in some cases, in several languages. Therefore, we will be very busy translating or looking for the translation that would suit us best in every time… of need. In this post’s featured picture, we […]

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