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Life as a Bilingual—How Those Incredible Interpreters Do It

May 06, 2019

Life as a Bilingual—How Those Incredible Interpreters Do It
“Language interpreters accomplish one of the most difficult linguistic tasks humans can undertake.”
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Pete Buttigieg’s Language Magic Is Textbook Polyglot Mythmaking

May 06, 2019

Pete Buttigieg’s Language Magic Is Textbook Polyglot Mythmaking
“While speaking so many languages may be rare among the American public, Buttigieg’s ascent is a textbook polyglot path to fame. An aura tends to grow around multilinguists—and often beyond their …

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Asterix in Hindi: How do you translate a universal cultural memory?

May 06, 2019

Asterix in Hindi: How do you translate a universal cultural memory?
“It has always been a challenge to preserve the genius of this comic series in other languages and cultural contexts.”
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Interpreting the past to understand the present—English professor Rebecca Johnson traces cultural change through literary translation

May 06, 2019

Interpreting the past to understand the present—English professor Rebecca Johnson traces cultural change through literary translation
“Through translation, Johnson says, we are able to see structures of power and geopolitical landscapes over time. We can see how art and …

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Evolution: How the theory is inspiring a new way of understanding language

May 06, 2019

Evolution: How the theory is inspiring a new way of understanding language
“Natural selection is based on constant random genetic mutations. The ones that turn out to make an individual organism better able to survive and reproduce then get …

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Call me by my name: Peru promotes use of indigenous names in public records

May 06, 2019

Call me by my name: Peru promotes use of indigenous names in public records
“Indigenous Peruvians often have one name at home and another, usually Spanish, for official purposes. Now registrars are being urged to embrace native languages.”
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Mental Health in Freelance Translation: Isolation

May 06, 2019

Mental Health in Freelance Translation: Isolation
“Isolation can make the liberating world of freelance feel like a prison, but there is a way out of that cell…. [T]here are numerous articles on freelance isolation right under your googling fingertips, …

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Ms. Difficult: Translating Emily Dickinson

May 06, 2019

Ms. Difficult: Translating Emily Dickinson
“Attempting to ‘transport’ Emily Dickinson’s poems into Portuguese is a still harder task, because Dickinson’s poetry is notable for its peculiar agrammaticality: unexpected plurals, inverted syntax, and an often complete disregard for gender, person, …

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Top 10 bilingual books

May 06, 2019

Top 10 bilingual books
“What does a bilingual book mean for its readers?….A bilingual text can hold an intimacy, a fluency, a wholeness which cannot be translated into either or any of its languages alone.”
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Linguists found the weirdest languages—and English is one of them

May 06, 2019

Linguists found the weirdest languages—and English is one of them
“Is English ‘weird’? Many of us might feel this is true when we’re trying to explain the complex spelling rules of the language, or the meanings of idioms such …

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