What are Some of the Oldest Languages in the World?

Hebrew Around 400 BC, Hebrew fell out of common usage but remained in a preserved state for Jews across the world. But when Zionism rose to dominance in the 19th and 20th centuries, Hebrew went through a revival, eventually becoming Israel’s official language and the oldest spoken language. The modern version is not the same as […]

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Six Distinct Stereotypical German Personality Traits

German people have been assigned at times specific German personalities which view them as being rude, lacking in the ability to be humorous and even cold towards others. Portraying the characteristics of a German person in this way is really being unrealistically stereotypical, as Germans come in all shapes and sizes and a great variety […]

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German Personality Words Used to Describe Friends or Enemies

Somehow, Germans have built up a world-renowned reputation for their lack of humor and rather dry conversations. This, however, doesn’t seem to be represented in all the words the German language has to describe personality. In fact, the language itself is far from being dry, it is quite colorful. As in many other cultures, Germans […]

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Perfect German Words We Need In English

  Some of the most powerful German words in the German language are those that are molded together to make a super-long word. An example is “Kraftfahrzeughaftpflichtversicherung”, which quite literally means “automobile liability insurance.” There was another awesome German word, “Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz”, which when it existed meant “law delegating beef label monitoring.” Here are some more […]

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Understanding Cultural Nuances In A Translation

Most of us are quite content with knowing the linguistic nuances of our own language in our own country’s context. We get used to using the word ‘biscuits’ in England whilst in America they are called ‘cookies.’ No problem at all until someone leaves England to visit America and wants to buy a packet of […]

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10 Interesting Facts About Germany

    Despite the fact that Germany is the seventh most visited country in the world, it tends to be known by non-Europeans for its sound economy and reliability as a place to do business rather than an interesting country in its own right. Of course, picking out 10 facts about Germany is always controversial as it […]

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A Short History of Translation

Translation is only needed because people around the world cannot communicate in a single universal language and need to do so in writing or in the printed form, anyway. If everyone around the world could understand English, or Chinese, equally well, then it would probably make life a lot easier, but there would be no […]

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Why Did You Quit Learning The Language You Wanted To Learn?

Being fluent in more than your native language like German is a dream for many and a reality for some. However, that dream is not always transformed into reality for a number of different reasons.   There are many good reasons to learn German depending on your personal circumstances. If you travel a lot to […]

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The Easiest and Most Difficult Languages for English Speakers

There are very many different languages around the world – hundreds of them in fact! Some languages are the most useful languages to learn because they are spoken more widely than others. Every language is different and the length of time it takes an English speaker or a non-English speaker to learn a specific language […]

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Social Media Translation Fails

Funny translation fails are common wherever and whenever translation takes place by amateur human translators and, these days at least, computer-generated translation apps and programmes freely available on the internet. Anyone who has gone on an overseas holiday will have encountered funny translation fails and not-so-funny, let’s say embarrassing, translation fails, when they have been […]

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