Transcreation Blunders – Care for a Rocket Salad?

Und schon haben wir den Salat. Raketen-Salat. Hard to believe, I know, but I've just had it - the famed rocket salad. In German - Raketensalat. ... And we have liftoff, ladies and gentlemen! Also known as "arugula", rocket is a plant which is sometimes blamed for giving restaurant-goers gas, but which invariably gives restaurant-owners … Continue reading Transcreation Blunders – Care for a Rocket Salad?

Germany – A Country of Immigrants?

Last Sunday, when Bavaria voted to shift the local political balance for the first time in 60 years and send the cold shiver of irrelevance down the spines of major traditional party leaders, structural factors were invoked. So, has the population structure really changed that much during the past electoral cycle? Let's have a look. … Continue reading Germany – A Country of Immigrants?

Clicktivists and Fidget Spinners – New Additions to Oxford Dictionaries

Check out this quirky list of new words added to the dictionary. Language is a living organism, constantly replenishing itself to stay abreast of developments in the world around it. Word formation can occur through borrowing, calque, compounding, blending, clipping, backformation, conversion, coinage and derivation, acronyms or hypocorisms. https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/press/news/2017/9/21/fidget-spinner-generation-z-new-words-update%2F Linguists love this stuff. Do you … Continue reading Clicktivists and Fidget Spinners – New Additions to Oxford Dictionaries

The Fascination of Collective Nouns – A Murder of Crows or an Exaltation of Larks?!

Check out this really fun and informative article by Merriam-Webster: https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/a-drudge-of-lexicographers-presents-collective-nouns/a-murder-of-crows For apt translation, transcreation and copywriting services, or if you want to really learn English, contact me here!

New English Word of the Year 2017

Would you have expected it? Check out this interesting and informative article from Oxford Dictionaries: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/word-of-the-year/word-of-the-year-2017 Are you looking for quality translations into English? Look no further. Get a sample or an offer right here.

Englisch-Unterricht in München (Einzel-, Gruppen- und Corporate)

Als erfahrene Übersetzerin, Dolmetscherin und TEFL-zertifizierte Sprachtrainerin mit muttersprachlicher Kompetenz, Studium in den USA und an der Universität London, biete ich ab Januar 2018: Englischkurse für Kinder und Erwachsene in München, Grünwald und Unterhaching-Taufkirchen.  Einzelunterricht oder kleine Gruppen - tolle Preise. Gerne auch Business English! Corporate Language Training bei Ihnen in der Firma möglich. Mit … Continue reading Englisch-Unterricht in München (Einzel-, Gruppen- und Corporate)

Sociolinguistcs – Spoken Discourse Reveals Its Secrets

Do you speak the same when you're talking to your mother in the kitchen or when you're addressing the CEO of your company during a business meeting? Do you use the same words, sentence structures, or even the same language with your childhood pals as with your insurance consultant? Of course you don't. None of … Continue reading Sociolinguistcs – Spoken Discourse Reveals Its Secrets

Another Great Year for Translations

The ATA, of which the author a long-standing member, is celebrating another historic year for the industry, as it joined forces with other organizations to increase the visibility and influence of translators and interpreters around the world. Below are some of this year's handpicked accomplishments: "The UN General Assembly recognized International Translation Day and acknowledged … Continue reading Another Great Year for Translations

Transcreation Toolbox (II): The Literary Devices Behind Great Slogans

(Read initial article here.) Here are some other exciting examples of slogans for brands that have made history. And an explanation why they have managed to stand out and work so well. British Rail: Six simple words and a rhyme. "Let the train take the strain". There is assonance for a more powerful and memorable … Continue reading Transcreation Toolbox (II): The Literary Devices Behind Great Slogans

Cooperative Communication and Grice’s 4 Maxims

Some time ago I promised to offer you a more in-depth look at pragmatics, the principle of cooperative communication, and the 4 Gricean Maxims. I owe it to all of you patient readers to deliver on that promise, so let me just apologize for the delay and pick up where I left off. I've been … Continue reading Cooperative Communication and Grice’s 4 Maxims