Many translators and interpreters are not perceived as specialized or qualified professionals. Translation and interpretation is a professional and specialized service, not a commodity. Think of services such as doctors, lawyers, accountants, translators or interpreters, in an independent business or profession. All these professions have one thing in common, mainly mental work, as opposed to engaging in physical work.
Dating can be confusing enough in your mother tongue, let alone when your date speaks a foreign language. From dealing with embarrassing mistakes to surviving arguments, Erica Buist shares some tips on how to get by
A U.K. company named Johnson Banks has come with an ingenious way to include English pronunciation in Japanese katakana characters. The company has dubbed this new font cleverly as "Phonetikana," where each katakana character featured a few English letters to help English speakers say the word properly.
The company started incorporating the new font in simple words like "banana" and "tomato" but also showed what longer phrases such as the "sound of something spinning" would look like. Th
Have you ever met a family where parents speak to a child their heritage language but a child responds back in the community one? Or maybe this is the case in your multilingual family? It certainly could be frustrating: you were always speaking the target language with your child and maybe he/she even spoke it …
In Reading Mahfouz in Michigan I wrote about how a US English teacher came to choose Naguib Mahfouz’s Midaq Alley to read with her high-school students and how they discussed the characters and events set in Cairo in the 1940s.
1. Accept and except. While they sound similar (or even identical), except is a preposition that means “apart from”, while accept is a verb that means “agree with”, “take in”, or “receive”. Except is also occasionally used as a verb, meaning to take out or to leave out. Standard: We accept all major credit cards, except Diners Club. Standard: Men are fools… present company excepted! (Which means, “present company excluded”) Non-standard: I had trouble making friends with them; I never felt excep
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