Timisoara – European Culture Capital 2021

At the end of last week, an EU jury recommended that one of the three joint European Culture Capitals of 2021 be the Romanian city of Timisoara. Situated in the south-west of Romania, with a population of approximately 400,000 inhabitants, virtually no unemployment and many foreign investments, Timisoara is also a multicultural city with a … Continue reading Timisoara – European Culture Capital 2021

What Is Cross-Cultural Understanding?

“Try seeing, feeling, and tasting the water you swim in the way a land animal might perceive it. You may find the experience fascinating -- and mind-expanding.” ... “Each of the eight scales represents one key area that managers must be aware of, showing how cultures vary along a spectrum from one extreme to its … Continue reading What Is Cross-Cultural Understanding?

The cross-cultural office dilemma

Exploring other cultures is a fun thing to do on vacation, but for business people it is more than a curiosity. For executives, getting it right can make the difference between an organisation that runs smoothly and generates results, and one that seems to be falling apart. And by it I mean, of course, the cultural … Continue reading The cross-cultural office dilemma

Translation quote of the day

“So many people consider their work a daily punishment. Whereas I love my work as a translator. 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 … Continue reading Translation quote of the day

Translation quote of the day

"Translation is not a matter of words only. It is a matter of making intelligible a whole culture." Anthony Burgess

Enough with the Brexit. Good news from “Remainia”

The Romanian Government on Tuesday adopted a set of measures intended to cut red tape and simplify a series of bureaucratic procedures in the country's often absurd and Byzantine paper-shuffling sector. The changes, hailed as a potential turning point in the relationship between the Romanian state and its citizens, were introduced to save time and … Continue reading Enough with the Brexit. Good news from “Remainia”

Romania’s most livable cities

Numbeo.com, one of the world's largest city data sites, runs continually updated rankings of cost of living, property prices, crime, pollution, traffic, health care and quality of life in cities around the world. Their quality of life index is calculated using an empirical formula that takes into account purchasing power, pollution, house price-to-income ratios, cost of … Continue reading Romania’s most livable cities

Romania – Primeval beauty… and a few market facts

Off the beaten path: Romania, Europe's tender wilderness. Here, the Cerna Valley and its surroundings, in the country's southwest. The scenery, a soft primordial crescendo. The climate mild, the people welcoming. And the fragrances - whether wild flowers and acacia or the smell of home-cooked meals - irresistible. According to a recent report conducted by … Continue reading Romania – Primeval beauty… and a few market facts

Weltanschauung – die rumänische Art (Maramuresch)

Here's a folk song from the northern Maramures region of Romania that can give you a fascinating insight into the Romanian soul (and outlook on life): "Şi-aşa-mi vine câteodată, dorule/ Să dau cu cuţitu-n piatră, dorule Din piatră să iasă foc, măi dorule / Dacă-n viaţă n-am noroc, măi dorule Când s-o-mpărţit norocul/ Fost-am eu … Continue reading Weltanschauung – die rumänische Art (Maramuresch)

How many languages are there in the world?

An exciting topic, which first begs the question "what is language?" According to linguists from the Leiden University in the Netherlands, language is a system of communication defined by three main characteristics: discrete infinity displacement joint attention, and as such is typical only of human beings. Discrete infinity means that language is made up of individual … Continue reading How many languages are there in the world?