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My interview with RFI Romania

A few days ago, I was interviewed by Otilia Ghitescu from RFI Romania about our travel guide TIMISOARA23 and the European Capital of Culture 2023. You can read or listen (in Romanian), here: https://www.rfi.ro/cultura-152184-timisoara-2023-pregatita-sau-nu-de-turisti-multe-asteptari-si-un-ghid-cu-secrete Our stories about Timisoara and the Banat region, beautifully illustrated by Claudia Tanasescu, can be ordered on Amazon, in paperback or…

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Happy holidays!

Just a quick line to wish you all a happy and peaceful holiday season and to introduce you to my most recent project, a non-fiction book that uses storytelling to bring my hometown of Timisoara, Romania, European Capital of Culture 2023, closer to potential visitors. There’s still time to order the paperback or download it…

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What is Rhetoric? Age-old Sources of Persuasion

How’s your Latin? And what about your Greek? Because to answer the question in the title, we need to go back to the Ancients. Aristotle, to be more exact, and his book Rhetoric. Rhetoric means ‘ars bene dicendi’ – or, in translation, the art of speaking well. Not ‘correctly’ (that’s grammar), not ‘truly’ (that is…

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Business Communication: Getting off to a Good Start

A brief interaction with lasting consequences: such is the power of the “first impression”. Studies show that the first 7 seconds of an encounter are crucial for forming opinions, and that those impressions – those labels – can stick for a surprisingly long time. Nobody wants to disappoint. So, are there any “universal” rules about…

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Quote of the day

Today, I’m going to trust you with some German, but you can always use ModernMT, DeepL or Google Translate to figure it out – and also check how good Neural Machine Translation has become in the meantime. (Not kidding, please evaluate, compare, and let me know your thoughts on this. How much post-editing do you…

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