Category Archives: Foreign Languages, Literatures, & Translation

Croatians sure dislike chestnuts

(For those who don’t speak Czech: “pitomi” resembles “pitomý”, which loosely means “bone-headed”, but is often used in place of “stupid”.) Advertisements

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What is love?

Looking for a readily understood, greatly simplified paraphrase of love-related ideas present in Renaissance poetry? Set the period to the tune of “What is Love?”, and modify a few words! “What is love?” (Dante to Virgil, Canto XVIII, Inferno) “Oh … Continue reading

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My TEDxRichmondHill talk script

Earlier this year, I was granted the opportunity to give a talk at TEDxRichmondHill.  I didn’t ever envision this occurring, and it was one of the larger challenges I’ve had to work my way through (I’m horrid with public speaking), … Continue reading

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Tips for longer amateur translation projects

A friend recently noted that he’d like to go about translating a text this summer, and asked for advice from people who had previously undertaken projects of this sort.  Coincidentally, I recently brought Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid … Continue reading

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Teaching French vocabulary

Several minutes ago, I finished aiding a ninth-grade French student with some vocabulary that he needed to master for an upcoming test.  This resulted in a brief episode of nostalgia – I’ve utilized French, albeit badly, for approximately five years, so I … Continue reading

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Colloquial Chinese, hopefully

Albeit that I am a day late to effectively contribute last week’s post, I am here presently!  As I’d noted, I will strive to continue writing even amidst the looming of the A.P. examinations; to speak more specifically, I will … Continue reading

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An unfortunate fact

All but 200 languages are likely to be extinct or moribund by the end of the next century. I will not say much, as I am not currently in a place to write well; I will note that the above … Continue reading

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