Language and Cognition – Can Linguistic Choices Lead to “Bad Thinking”?

Words are have impact. Let us start with this axiom. A word is a powerful tool. And powerful tools can be both excellent friends and formidable enemies. The language we use and our own intra/interpersonal communication style impact how we experience and interpret our world and our life. They might even end up defining how … Continue reading Language and Cognition – Can Linguistic Choices Lead to “Bad Thinking”?

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?

Translation quote of the day

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

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

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

Translation as vocation

As I wrap up another day's work, spent among haiku, book introductions, technical term searches and commercial translation projects, let me just share with you this beautiful excerpt from an author that has brought a smile to my face: "In addition to a thorough mastery of the source language, the literary translator must possess a … Continue reading Translation as vocation

What is meaning?

The crux of every successful translation and human communication is how to accurately and effectively convey meaning. When the meaning intended by the speaker or by the producer of the text is not understood or interpreted correctly by the recipient of the message, communication breaks down and can even lead to conflict. But how is … Continue reading What is meaning?

Happy International Translation Day!

Es ist wieder soweit! September 30 is International Translation Day! Our profession has come a long way: "From fountain pens to typewriters to speech recognition. From index cards to electronic dictionaries and the knowledge highway" (you can read the full IFT communiqué here). The market for translation services is truly global in scope and nature, and … Continue reading Happy International Translation Day!