Tuesday, 23 April 2019 19:41

DEALING WITH FALSE FRIENDS

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False friends have developed in many languages over the years, for various reasons. For example, in some cases, the two false friends have similar origins, perhaps having both been borrowed from a third language, but their meanings have deviated over time. In other cases, however, the words could have completely different origins, but because pronunciations and spellings shift gradually, they have both ended up looking or sounding similar.

In the age of globalisation, where we are merely a click away from any type of media content, be it breaking news on a terror attack in a mosque somewhere at the other end of the world and the subsequent crisis management coverage, a hot-topic debate on a live TV show, or an Academy-Award-winning motion picture, can anyone nowadays still doubt the deeply-rooted implications of translation and interpreting in terms of “domesticating” or “foreignising” media content?

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 10:53

THE POWER OF NAMES

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(“A good name reaches far, but a bad one reaches farther” - Yugoslavian Proverb)

Humans are social creatures. We don’t like being on our own over long periods of time and we have a strong tendency to gather in groups. Sometimes these groups represent our kin, sometimes they are formed of friends and sometimes they involve only strangers. It doesn’t matter, as long as they include more than one person. But, as with all large numbers, some sort of shared language is required for a group to function properly at the most basic of levels.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 14:51

ON THE ROLE AND CORRECT USE OF MODIFIERS

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Modifiers are words, phrases, or clauses that add description to sentences. Typically, you will find a modifier placed right next to the word it logically describes (either in front of or behind it).

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 21:52

TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR TRANSLATION

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Starting with the definition of the translation - the communication of the meaning of a source-language text by means of an equivalent target-language text, below are some tips for a correct and comprehensive translation:

Use Simple, Clear Phrasing

When writing for translation purposes, use simple and clear phrasing. Choose words that are short and simple over longer, more flowery words. This will help make the translation more precise.

I have always regarded translation and language interpreting as means of communication and translators/interpreters as communicators. What is the purpose of transposing texts from a source language to a target language, if not to make sure that the people who read the target text have access to the same information as the ones reading the source text? That the target audience is provided with everything they need in order to understand and respond to a certain communication? Maybe this is why I chose this profession, to make sure that I do my best to mediate communication between people and advocate for the importance of faithfully conveying meaning and enhancing equal access to information and knowledge.

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