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One book is never enough

Last week, it seemed that a new subspecies of lumbersexuals was emerging in the most unlikely of places: among Budapest intellectuals and activists. It turned out that all these checked shirts were popping up in my feed for a reason.

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Black flower

A book that can be turned upside down and read from back to front in another language can be a wonderful thing. Formats like that came through our door in my childhood home, but they were mostly bilingual Welsh-English leaflets

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Words to bridge the gap

From a capella to zeitgeist, English has always filched other people’s words and run with them. There are so many more waiting to be used. And Ella Frances Sanders has brought them to life. As she says in  Lost in Translation:

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Learn Finnish by Christmas

Finland is 98 today. You can celebrate all the way to Christmas by learning the language. Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as you think. You can learn a new word every day with the Finland emoji Advent calendar. Catch

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Thanksgiving for native languages

It’s time to give thanks. What for, exactly? This Thanksgiving, give thanks for the 130 endangered native languages in the USA, and the people keeping them alive. Give thanks for Marie Wilcox. Born on Thanksgiving Day 1933, Marie is the last fluent

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Happy Birthday translators! 

Happy 60th Birthday to us! The Finnish Association of Translators and Interpreters (SKTL) is 60 this year. The party has started: a lively exhibition opens tomorrow. The opening tonight was a celebration of linguistic skills and challenges in a multicultural

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Do Geese See God?

Do geese see God? (English) Knit again and you’ll get a beer (Neulo taas niin saat oluen, Finnish) It was raining bread in the garden (Aias sadas saia, Estonian) Maybe tomorrow that lady will give a cake to the hedgehogs

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Gendered gloss

At the end of women in translation month, where are all the women in the translator’s toolbox? Glossarissimo collates glossaries and resources on EVERYTHING from watermark terminology to a dictionary of Victorian slang. It really is useful and comprehensive. When you’re

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Women in Translation Month: Menna Elfyn

“Why write? It is so much easier to say when I started to write. I fell in love with words, and wordsmiths such as Dylan Thomas… in the ‘fifties, when I was growing up, the Welsh language was still seen

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O bydded i’r hen iaith barhau: Patagonia 150

One of my earliest language-learning memories is of hot summer afternoons in the early years of high school, when even our unquenchably enthusiastic Welsh teacher would give up and just tell us stories. Of a land far far away, where children

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