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

An international glossary of untranslatable words

Tim Lomas, PhD, a lecturer in positive psychology at the University of East London, has put together an interesting international glossary of untranslatable terms dealing mostly with human feelings (emotions), relationships, or character traits. It contains entries from approximately 62 languages and it can be viewed here. Interestingly enough, this project reopens the debate about … Continue reading An international glossary of untranslatable words

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

Synopsis Romania: artisanal breweries and electric cars

According to Wall Street Romania, there is a growing market for innovative and artisanal beers in Romania. The country currently has 9 such producers and approximately 20 beers (see berero.ro). On a different note: In an interview with a HotNews.ro reporter, Mr. Cristian Borc, the Romanian Economy Minister, said yesterday that the Romanian Government is … Continue reading Synopsis Romania: artisanal breweries and electric cars

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?

În curând, în UE, o serie de documente oficiale nu vor mai necesita traducere autorizată şi apostilă

Conform unei propuneri de Regulament publicată de Comisia Europeană în 24.04.2013, şi aflată actualmente în proces avansat de aprobare, în interesul facilitării liberei circulaţii şi simplificării birocraţiei, o serie de documente emise de autorităţile statelor membre vor putea fi prezentate în alte state membre în original + copie nelegalizată (fără apostilă) sau în original + … Continue reading În curând, în UE, o serie de documente oficiale nu vor mai necesita traducere autorizată şi apostilă