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

Globish – better global understanding

Globish is the name for a subset of the English language that non-native English speakers adopt in the context of international business. It is a sort of “light English” that uses a subset of standard English grammar and a list of 1500 English words. The name Globish is the merger of the world “global” and “English”. The inventor… Read More Globish – better global understanding