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What is the Future of the English Language?

English, as any other language, is a living and dynamic system, and it transforms according to the way its speakers use it. For this...

Bundessprachenamt Coronavirus Glossary

The German Bundessprachenamt has published a multilingual glossary on Covid-19. At present, the glossary contains around 1600 terms in German with equivalents in English,...

David Crystal: “A language changes to reflect society”

Last Friday the Directorate-General for Translation of the European Parliament had the honour to receive none other than the eminent linguist David Crystal: the...

The origins of the English language

"Where did English come from? When we talk about English, we often think of it as a single language. But what do the dialects...
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Why are subtitles so different from the dialogues in a foreign...

Why are subtitles so different from the dialogues in a foreign language film? Probably many of you have asked this question when watching a...

Special terms in children’s non-fiction books: Choice and presentation

This article written by Heike Elisabeth Jüngst provides an overview of the use of terminology in non-fiction books for children, with the purpose of...

How do countries across Europe say ‘Thank you’?

Today marks a very special day for our American friends as they come together to celebrate Thanksgiving. As the name would imply, the holiday...

New Translation Memory downloadable for free

In 2007, European Commission's Directorate-General for Translation (DGT) made its translation memory (TM) accessible to the public, aiming at supporting the multilingualism and language...

Words about words – Terms to describe different types of words

We have words to describe everything and by the same token we even have words to describe words themselves. In fact, there are quite...

The biggest or the smallest vocabulary? Everything will be ‘pona’!

It is by metaphor that language grows. The common reply to the question ‘What is it?’ is, when the reply is difficult or the...
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