A Quick Guide to Romanian Culture – TIME and SPACE

It seems I owe you an explanation. I left you on a cliffhanger, but not for long. Just testing your loyalty. ūüôā So, let us pick up where we left off. What is the Romanians' relationship with TIME and SPACE? In Romanian culture, as in many other high-context, multi-active (Latin) cultures, time is flexible. Objectives … Continue reading A Quick Guide to Romanian Culture – TIME and SPACE

A Quick Guide to Romanian Culture – INTRODUCTION

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

RUM√ĄNIEN – EINE GEBRAUCHSANLEITUNG f√ľr deutsche Tourist*innen, Manager*innen und Ausgeb√ľrgerte (Teil III)

Kurz, knapp und aktuell. Was deutsche Tourist*innen, Ausgeb√ľrgerte oder Manager*innen im Auslandseinsatz in Rum√§nien erwarten k√∂nnen (im Vergleich zum deutschen Kulturstandard) und ein paar m√∂gliche L√∂sungsans√§tze (nat√ľrlich ohne Gew√§hr, denn jeder Mensch ist anders ūüėČ ): Fatalismus, Glaube als Bew√§ltigungsmechanismus in einem sehr instabilen UmfeldOrthodoxie + Latinit√§t + Balkanismus>> Versuchen Sie, die Vergangenheit und die … Continue reading RUM√ĄNIEN – EINE GEBRAUCHSANLEITUNG f√ľr deutsche Tourist*innen, Manager*innen und Ausgeb√ľrgerte (Teil III)

Translation quote of the day

"Without translation, we would be living in provinces bordering on silence." George Steiner

Translation quote of the day

‚ÄúSo 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.‚ÄĚ 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”

Of words and dictionaries

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

Brexit – The UK goes, will English stay? And a few other questions

Well, if you've spent any time on social media today (and I'll bet you have), you've probably heard it all by now. Scores of people quipping and asking themselves what will become of English, until now an official EU language - will it fall out of grace? (After all, there's also Ireland and Malta.) You … Continue reading Brexit – The UK goes, will English stay? And a few other questions

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