Halloween is often perceived to be a predominantly American affair, along with trick or treating children and theme park horror nights. Thought to have originated in Europe, Halloween falls on 31 October each year and is marked in a variety of different ways across the globe. Origins While All Hallows’ Eve has been […]
You are probably aware that the annual celebration of Chinese New Year is on the horizon. However, how much do you actually know about Chinese New Year and what it means? Let’s take a look at some common misconceptions about the holiday. Chinese New Year is celebrated on Saturday 28th January this year This […]
It is broadly acknowledged that legal translation is one of the most difficult specialist areas within the whole of the translation industry. Today we will explore several of the key aspects of legal translation that set it apart from other fields, such as technical and literary translation, and we will discuss the unique challenges […]
As the festive season approaches, here are some words, phrases and traditions from around the world, that give an instant insight into regional variations of Christmas celebrations whether it’s the singing of carols, the trimming of the tree or the cheering prospect of a white Christmas … tewtle (Yorkshire dialect) to snow just a few […]
You may never have heard of it, but International Translation Day is celebrated every year on 30th September on the feast of St. Jerome. St Jerome was the first person to translate the Bible into Latin from Hebrew, making it accessible for the first time to a far wider audience than ever before. St Jerome […]
Whenever I discuss the world of language, apart from the quick ‘cheap laugh’ of an amusing definition, it is always the quest for the origin of a word or phrase that is sought. Derivation is fascinating as it shows the enduring power of legends and myths that cut across all cultures. In this respect English […]
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