Author Archive for: Else Gellinek

The hows, whats and whys of working in freelance translation.

Book Review: Writing Without Bullshit by Josh Bernoff

Writing Without Bullshit: Boost Your Career by Saying What You Mean What is the book about? Are you wondering how Josh Bernoff feel about modern business writing? The title of his book says it all—front-loading at its best! If you’ve had enough of verbal ducking and weaving in business writing, this book is for you. No more hiding behind jargon, weasel words and cowardly passives. Instead boldly say what you want to say. As Bernoff explains, clear writing that expresses

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Book review: The African Svelte by Daniel Menaker

Run out of things to read? There is a new book in town: “The African Svelte: Ingenious Misspellings that Make Surprising Sense” by Daniel Menaker. A seasoned author and editor himself, Menaker has spent many years collecting spelling errors that—while remaining errors—follow their own fascinating logic. The people who make these types of errors are usually those who may have heard a certain turn of phrase spoken out loud but have rarely seen it in writing. So, when they do commit that

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Show and tell: Language games

Time has flown by since my last post. And now summer is here, the sun is shining and it’s hard to concentrate on a task at hand. Why not procrastinate with something that might entertain and educate at the same time? Have some language fun in the sun

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Show and tell: More fun language tools

Time for some more language tools to educate and amuse. Enjoy! Language tools for the academically minded The University of Glasgow Historical Thesaurus of English: Almost 1,500 years of English at your fingertips. I rest my case. The World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS): This is the perfect place to while away some time. Click through the maps or just browse countries and language families. I guarantee that you will marvel at the many languages you have never heard of. Those

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Book review: The Sense of Style

Even if you think you have read enough style manuals to last you a lifetime, you should give this one a try. Good writing is worth reading about Steven Pinker is no unknown and definitely does not need me to recommend his book. He’s a household name in linguistics and cognitive science—in part because he is such an entertaining writer. The title of his latest book “The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century” says it

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