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  • Interpretation May 15, 2013

    Babel and All That: What Is Language, Why We Have Different Languages, and How Did Language Begin

    This is a continuation of Part 1 in this series on the complicated nature and origins of language, which briefly addressed the question that is Language?

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  • Interpretation May 07, 2013

    Guard Dogs and Musical Bagpipes

    Have you ever thought about the adjectives you use, and how you can use certain kinds of adjectives one way but not others? 

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  • Apr 30, 2013

    Babel and All That: What Is Language, Why We Speak Different Languages, and How Did Language Begin

    It is not uncommon to encounter the notion that historical or technological progress will render the translation of languages obsolete (link to entry on Larry SummersNY Times article). 

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  • Miscellaneous Apr 16, 2013

    Anti-American Sentiment

    One of the things I enjoy doing on the Internet is keeping up my German by reading international news in that language. Articles on the website I visit for this purpose are...

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  • Interpretation Mar 28, 2013

    Two Out of Three

    There is a saying in business that there are three things people want a job to be: 1) quick, 2) good, 3) cheap. However, you can only get two of the three. 

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  • Energy Mar 19, 2013

    Trips to Chernobyl

    Ie been to Chernobyl two or three times. It like Mecca for nuclear engineering translators and interpreters. This should be a sacred place of pilgrimage for everyone who works in the field.

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  • Energy Feb 26, 2013

    The Future of Nuclear Power: The Zero Option Is No Option At All

    The Fukushima tragedy has caused many nations to reconsider their commitment to nuclear energy. Germany has decided, at least preliminarily, to eliminate nuclear power from... 

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  • Translation Feb 21, 2013

    Translation Nuts and Bolts: The Connected Translator

    It seems safe to say that most people who are not translators have some pretty vague ideas about the profession. At one end of a spectrum of cultural stereotypes is the notion of the...

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  • Miscellaneous Feb 19, 2013

    Deutschlandlied/Song of Germany

    Having grown up in Germany, I am well aware of the nation's attempts at coming to grips with its Nazi past. These efforts include omitting the first and second stanzas of the national... 

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