Guinea Pig Appreciation Day – 16 July

Guinea Pig

Believe it or not, today is Guinea Pig Appreciation Day around the globe! In the office we are big fans of the little fluffy creatures, so we thought we would bring you some fun trivia about them! Continue reading Guinea Pig Appreciation Day – 16 July

Language of the Month – DECEMBER is Arabic!

In our new series this year, Language of the Month, we are looking at twelve of the world’s nearly 6000 fascinating languages, one each month. Join us on this trip around the globe and discover facts, trivia and insider information about some awesome languages!
Arabic
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Ramblings about synonyms

Happy Dictionary Day

National Dictionary Day was held in the US yesterday to commemorate the great American lexicographer, Noah Webster’s birthday, who was born on 16 October 1758.

Of course, as a bunch of geeky linguists in the office, we just had to have the most bizarre conversation about dictionaries, lexicons and thesauruses to mark the occasion. (You would be surprised how much a group of linguists – and one ex-lexicographer – can talk about the subject!)

We ended up discussing thesauruses and synonyms. Does the word “synonym” have a synonym? Does every word have a synonym? Or rather, does any word have a true synonym? Synonyms usually differ in some minute nuances in their meaning, right? Otherwise languages would be rather uneconomical. Having two words that mean the exact same thing?! That would be a waste of precious dictionary space!

What do you think about the matter? Please share your thoughts, ideas, speculations!

 

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Language of the Month – September is GERMAN!

In our new series this year, Language of the Month, we are looking at twelve of the world’s nearly 6000 fascinating languages, one each month. Join us on this trip around the globe and discover facts, trivia and insider information about some awesome languages!German

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Language of the Month – August is PORTUGUESE!

In our new series this year, Language of the Month, we are looking at twelve of the world’s nearly 6000 fascinating languages, one each month. Join us on this trip around the globe and discover facts, trivia and insider information about some awesome languages! Portuguese - language of the month

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Language of the Month – May is JAPANESE!

In our new series this year, Language of the Month, we are looking at twelve of the world’s nearly 6000 fascinating languages, one each month. Join us on this trip around the globe and discover facts, trivia and insider information about some awesome languages!

Japanese

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Translator ex Machina – Machine translation in focus

Last week I visited Warsaw for The Translation & Localisation Conference 2018. It was amazing and inspiring to meet other linguists from all over Europe, listen to the presenters talk about the latest developments and changes in the industry, and geek out on linguistic topics (although we do that pretty regularly here in the office, too!).

One theme that was the centre of attention of this year’s TLC was the ever so trendy and much-discussed machine translation. The subject of machine translation or MT is impossible to avoid nowadays and it frequently pops up in conversations in linguistic circles: key words such as neural, adaptive, post-edited often make their way into discussions and it wasn’t any different at the Warsaw conference either. Continue reading Translator ex Machina – Machine translation in focus

Famous female translator: Émilie du Châtelet

Today is International Women’s Day and as French is the Language of the Month here at First Edition, we thought we’d bring you the famous female French translator, Émilie du Châtelet as a way of celebrating both!Émilie Du Châtelet

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Museum guides

Go into any major museum or art gallery in the world and chances are you will be offered a guide to the collection, an expert glimpse into the history and meaning of the beautiful works and artefacts around you. Chances are also that this guide will have been published by Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers. For many years we at First Edition have worked in collaboration with Scala to make sure these treasure troves aren’t locked to you if you don’t happen to speak the language.

Berlin Director's Choice

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Language of the Month – February is CHINESE MANDARIN!

In our new series this year, Language of the Month, we are looking at twelve of the world’s nearly 6000 fascinating languages, one in each month. Join us on this trip around the globe and discover facts, trivia and insider information about some awesome languages!Chinese Mandarin

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