Where did the word "orange" come from? Before we discover its origin, let's talk about the languages of a country that has been in the news in recent…
Tiny countries are fascinating. They always remind me of fairy tales (“there was a small kingdom where everybody was happy”), even if with some…
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Sugar is bad for us but tastes so good — let’s look at its history in 10 words from around the world.
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Receiving a book is always a pleasure — even when it is written in a language you don't understand. A few days ago, I received this in my mailbox… Just…
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This is a newsletter about languages and books. Today, I decided to travel through Europe, looking at "books" — the word itself in the plural form — in…
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Let us imagine what it would have been like to travel from Lisbon to the Pyrenees 700 years ago.
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The word "saudade" is often included in lists of untranslatable words. And yet, this beautiful Portuguese word can certainly be translated.
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Was Irish invented in the twentieth century? Did Galician emerge in the nineteenth century? Of course not, but some say so.
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Ukraine is a multilingual country and Ukrainian is very close to the languages of neighbouring countries. Is this an exceptional situation?
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In the previous issue, we travelled from Lisbon to Bucharest aboard the word "books". This time around, we're heading to the other side of the…
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If we look at the origin of the word “coffee”, we find stories about dancing goats, mystic drinkers, a distant smell in Vienna and an ancient social…
Answering this question helps us to understand the value of translation.
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