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the carol that travelled

This is one of the most beloved carols in the Nordic countries, but the tune is from Central Europe and it has travelled across the Atlantic in English translations. So why haven’t you heard of it yet? Maybe it’s because

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Where do you really come from?

November 9 is a good date to mark German Literature Month; the day the monarchy ended, the day Hitler’s putsch failed, the night of the pogroms he instigated, the day the Berlin Wall came down… It wasn’t as easy as

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Posted in history, international, language, translation

stories from Abulafia Street

The Short Story Project brings you a new story every week from around the globe, online, for free. The stories are in Hebrew, English and the language of origin, and best of all, you can listen or read, so the app

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Posted in international, literature, short stories, translation

ITD 2016: Connecting worlds, from your food to your feet

What do translators and interpreters do all day? They connect worlds, so people can understand and learn from each other, to benefit everyone. That’s the theme for International Translation Day 2016, which is this Friday. It’s easy to get involved and help the communities that need

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Catalan Book Week: something new, something old

150 new books are being launched at over 200 events right now in Barcelona – it’s Catalan Book Week. There is much to celebrate, not least the 20th Trajectòria Award going to translator Anna Casassas. You don’t have to go to Barcelona

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Posted in books, Illustration, international, language, translation

the language is yours, cherish it

This week’s number one, slaying Justine Timberlake and Adele, is a song in te reo Māori. What a fantastic end to the 40th Maori Language Week in New Zealand. Here’s the karaoke version of Maimoatia/Cherish it by the team at Pūkana (a

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Sing your heart out at the football: Calon lân

  Wales will be singing tonight as they play Portugal in the Euro 2016 football semi-final. And they will be singing this song: According to the BBC, it only takes half an hour to learn the words to calon lân, which means a

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