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

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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Show and tell: Fun language tools

Translating is serious business. But it doesn’t always have to be that way. Here are some resources that I happened to find online. One of them might give you that spark you need. Or maybe you’ll just have a little fun during your break. Either way, enjoy! Language tools and games to make you smile English to Shakespearian for a tongue-in-cheek translation of your regular English into the Bard’s flowery prose. Lyricstraining for listening comprehension and fun tunes.

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Show and tell: WordSafety

A tool for preventing branding fails We’ve all read the scary stories of automotive companies giving their cars names that don’t translate well for international markets – names with unintended meanings in other languages. The internet is full of lists of such marketing translation fails and no one wants to be featured in one. (Here’s a nice example.) WordSafety is a searchable database of 3,000 words along with phonetic variations from 19 languages (Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Dutch, English, Finnish, French,

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