Most spoken languages in the world, by number of native speakers

Most definitely you have experienced first-hand a night of what I call “bed brainstorming”. It is the phenomenon where you try to lay down and sleep, but your brain is still in hyperdrive and random questions jump in your mind and keep you awake. Such a question kept me awake for a bit last night.… Read More Most spoken languages in the world, by number of native speakers

A short introduction to Modern Greek, its alphabet and structure.

The Greek language is an independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages and it has the longest documented history of any living Indo-European language, 3.400 years or more of written records. Since c. 800 BC, this language has been written with the Greek Alphabet, which was formed out of the Phoenician script and was… Read More A short introduction to Modern Greek, its alphabet and structure.

Translation and Interpreting: a comparative analysis

“Do you study foreign languages at university? Oh well, then you should be able to translate and interpret everything as well!” “Translation and interpreting? Aren’t they the same thing?”. How many times have you been told or asked these questions? If you are a translator or an interpreter, or even a language student, you surely… Read More Translation and Interpreting: a comparative analysis

The Republic of China vs. The People’s Republic of China

台湾与中国的差异            Vs.             你会说中文吗?(Do you speak Chinese?) When I first arrived in Taiwan, I would answer this question saying: 我会说一点儿中文 (I speak a little bit of Chinese). Very soon I learned, that in Taiwan people would realize I learned the Mainland Chinese when I said… Read More The Republic of China vs. The People’s Republic of China