So here we are, at the penultimate vowel of this amazing Alphabet Blog! You may not have noticed this, but O is actually one of the most hard-working of the five vowels, as it appears in so many words in the [...]
Why do the nose and the letter N go together? Well, of course, you need your nose to properly pronounce this letter. If you don’t believe me, either wait [...]
It has often been said that children are able to learn foreign languages more easily than adults. However, this belief may be wrong. At least that is what [...]
The Spanish word for tongue twister is “trabalenguas”, which comes from the verb “trabar” (to jam) and the noun “lengua” (tongue), and which literally means “something that jams/ties the tongue”.
So, here are some of my favourite “trabalenguas”. I’ve included literal [...]
I think everyone involved in the language services industry has heard this one once or twice. It is normally accompanied by the gnashing of teeth and an “if looks could kill” expression on the face [...]
Did you know that there are between 6,000 and 7,000 languages currently in use? And did you know that it is expected that half of them will disappear in the near future? This is quite a scary thing to think about.
However, the [...]
Although the title of this post actually sounds similar to a film released recently, it is actually the Translation Office of the Canadian Government, or the Bureau de la traduction for French speakers.
Established in 1934, the original Bureau for Translations created [...]
Have a look at the two pictures at the top of this article. While the upper one would actually be quite clear for a foreigner who does not speak any Chinese, the lower one is quite a bit of [...]
The surprises you can find on the internet… I stumbled across a website earlier, where British people can post jobs they can do for just £5.
The reason for charging this amount of money is to allow people [...]
Our company Directors, Sharon Stephens and Rachel Bryan, have been nominated as finalists for another National Business Award!!!
The Mumpreneur Awards aim to celebrate parents throughout the UK who manage the difficult task of juggling business with family [...]
A few days ago I was browsing around the World Wide Web in search of inspiration for an interesting post when I discovered that there is a Translation Day!!! It actually takes place on the 30th September around the [...]
Today we’d like to dedicate the blog to a very special person: Chiara Vecchi, who finishes her placement with us today after working in Veritas with great professionalism and passion.
There are so many positive things to say about Chiara, that I don’t [...]
Today I had to buy an adaptor for my Italian mobile charger. I finally succeeded and, while I was looking at it, I thought that checking the instructions would probably be a good idea. The English text was slightly different [...]
After talking about studying abroad in Europe, I think it is now a good time to say a few things about volunteering in a foreign country! Of course you can both study and volunteer abroad at the same time, but I think [...]
So, after Polish, Chinese, Finnish, and Italian it’s now time for some German tongue twisters. Anyone who has ever been to a speech therapist will know what I’m talking about. Even if you’re not trying to practice your pronunciation, give them [...]
I have suddenly realised that we have never really talked about Finnish! What a shame! Although we have just touched Finland when we talked about Samnordisk, it is worth giving more space to this beautiful, yet not very widespread language. Finnish, [...]
As you might remember, yesterday I mentioned the Chartered Institute of Linguists, which offers accreditations such as the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting. Today I would like to write a little about the Diploma in Translation, which [...]
You might or might not already be familiar with these acronyms (or even have passed the examination!), but just to make sure, let’s say a few things about the Chartered Institute of Linguists and then [...]
Have you ever thought about spending some time in Europe during your degree? If so, consider the advantages of the Erasmus programme, offered by the EU to all its citizens. It allows [...]
Given the many languages that exist around the world today, it’s hardly surprising that sometimes we came across words that are difficult to translate, words that we could spend years trying to find the right equivalent for in the target language. And [...]
We hardly ever talk about Dutch, but I have a friend finishing her degree with me who comes from the Netherlands and she always tells me interesting things about this language, so this is for you Daina!
In 1799, the letter L was one of the five letters instrumental in deciphering the hieroglyphics of the Rosetta Stone.
The Egyptian equivalent of our L was first represented by the image of a lion. Over centuries, this image evolved [...]