Languages of Italy: Northern and Central-Southern dialects

With an official language spoken by 60 million people, in Italy there are thirty-four native living languages and dialects, which are an evolution from the Vulgar Latin, and for this classified as Romance languages. As a matter of fact, while Italian language is used for law, business and education, many people still use their regional… Read More Languages of Italy: Northern and Central-Southern dialects

European and Brazilian Portuguese: two sides of the same language

Olá! Tudo bem? Did you know that Portuguese is the 5th most spoken language in the world? Spoken by people from all the continents, it has the status of official language in Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Angola and Sao Tome and Principe, and co-official language in East Timor, Equatorial Guinea and Macau. Besides,… Read More European and Brazilian Portuguese: two sides of the same language

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