Ah, culture!... That vague concept, so hard to pinpoint. What is it, really? Is it a concert? A book? A Picasso painting? Is it everything humans have ever created? Is it the opposite of nature? For the purposes of this blog, CULTURE is the shared worldview, mindset, and behaviors of a particular community of human … Continue reading A Quick Guide to Romanian Culture – INTRODUCTION
How do you feel about cooking? Love it? Loathe it? Personally, I am not a major fan, but the coronavirus lockdowns have turned us all into hobby chefs. Out of boredom (or dire need), we have picked up those cookbooks or browsed the net in search of something truly yummy (and not too difficult to … Continue reading Food Words 101: Garen, Gären, (Er)nähren, Gaumenfreude und Genuss
If you're like me, stuck at home in Bavaria this August because of the Covid-19 pandemic (Stichwort: staycation), then you've probably noticed some pretty significant variations in weather patterns and temperatures. Last week's word of the week could very well have been 'Überschwemmung' (flooding, inundation, overflow): But do you know the difference between 'Überschwemmung', 'Überflutung' … Continue reading Weather Words 101: From ‘Überschwemmung’ to ‘Hitzewelle’
Hello! I hope you are all keeping well. The coronavirus outbreak has everyone worried. These are difficult and trying times for all of us. Reading the future has become nearly impossible. Large swaths of industry have come to a standstill and the economic outlook is "chilly" to say the least. To successfully tackle this crisis … Continue reading Covid-19 Update: How Can We Help?
Are there any truly untranslatable words? The short answer is: No. The long answer: It depends on your definition of "untranslatable". Given that different cultures code things differently, it is a fact of life that every language contains at least a handful of words for which no equivalent word exists in another language. But fear not! … Continue reading Is There Such a Thing as “Untranslatable”?
"Translation is a journey over a sea from one shore to the other. Sometimes I think of myself as a smuggler: I cross the frontier of language with my booty of words, ideas, images, and metaphors." ― Amara Lakhous, Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio
Keeping to the subject of English (we hate to see it leave), the Oxford Dictionaries website has some interesting insights into the lexical sphere and its succulent riches. Did you know, for instance, how many words there are in the English language? Well, although it is very difficult to decide what counts as a separate word and … Continue reading Of words and dictionaries
There are many reasons people (and especially women) go into translations. Perhaps you have a degree in linguistics, language, literature or humanities and this is one of the things you have trained for. Or maybe you're doing this as a temporary gig, as a second job, or to support yourself until the opportunity you'd actually … Continue reading How to start a freelance translation business