11 08, 2014

7 useful Italian travel phrases

By |August 11th, 2014|Cultural, Languages|0 Comments|

So you have booked your dream holiday in Italy. You can’t wait to stroll down intricate pebbled streets, eat delicious, fresh and carb-heavy food and soak up the sun. But there are a few things you may want to know before you leave – 7 useful Italian travel phrases [...]

5 08, 2014

Let’s tweet all about it

By |August 5th, 2014|Cultural, Fun Stuff, Linguistics|0 Comments|

Twitter first made its mark back in 2006 and quickly went from strength to strength allowing users to post messages in 140 characters. At first I remember there being a lot of jokes about how people used it to tell others about their daily lives, with tweets about breakfast [...]

28 07, 2014
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    Congratulations? Not in Italian. The importance of website localisation.

Congratulations? Not in Italian. The importance of website localisation.

By |July 28th, 2014|Business, Cultural, Localisation, Translation|1 Comment|

“Congratulations! Your booking was successful” is the sort of message you expect to see after booking a train, a flight or a hotel. If you use English-language websites on a daily basis, you are probably used to pop-ups congratulating you for your booking or kindly thanking you for your [...]

25 07, 2014

A fond farewell to Maria Amperlogou from Veritas

By |July 25th, 2014|Veritas Language Solutions|0 Comments|

I was hoping that my first blog in ages would not be commonplace and would be stripped of ‘clichés’, however as it also happens to be the last one, I cannot help but to summarise my thoughts in a single phrase: It is hard to believe this experience is [...]

7 07, 2014

(Not So) Useless Information

By |July 7th, 2014|Languages, Learning Languages, Veritas Linkword|0 Comments|

Have you ever found yourself in a situation whereby you need to describe something to another person, but the other person doesn’t speak the same language as you?

I found myself in just this situation recently. Paris, April 2014. I needed to buy a gift for my daughter. She had [...]

1 07, 2014

Colombian culture – a nation of football and diversity

By |July 1st, 2014|Cultural, Fun Stuff, Languages, Learning Languages, Linguistics, Veritas Language Solutions|1 Comment|

Colombia is a nation enriched by Native American, Hispanic and African culture. Football plays a pivotal role as the country’s most popular sport, and is bound up in Colombian culture.

All those who are familiar with the game could not forget the likes of Carlos Valderrama, who graced the turf [...]

27 06, 2014

Changing Languages

By |June 27th, 2014|Languages, Learning Languages, Linguistics|0 Comments|

Changing Languages

A spelling test my daughter recently had in school, prompted me to look into the English language and its’ “idiosyncrasies”, as I like to call them. I have in the past, been called “pedantic” and even on occasion, “obsessive” when it comes to spelling and Grammar – I [...]

26 06, 2014

Six Italian dishes you’ll want to try

By |June 26th, 2014|Cultural, Fun Stuff|1 Comment|

Italian cuisine may be one of the best known, most raved about and easy to access cuisines in the world, but there are many aspects of it that you may not know about, especially if you have never been on a trip to The Boot.

Did you know that cappuccino [...]

26 06, 2014

Uruguayan culture through football

By |June 26th, 2014|Cultural, Fun Stuff, Veritas Language Solutions|1 Comment|

With the World Cup well underway in Brazil, and Uruguay having qualified for the last 16, we thought that it might be fitting to look at the role that football plays in Uruguayan culture.

Uruguay hold the distinguished record for having won the very first World Cup held in 1930, [...]

24 06, 2014

So what is linguistics?

By |June 24th, 2014|Cultural, Languages, Linguistics|1 Comment|

When I tell people I studied English Language and Linguistics at university (bit of a mouthful, I know), most of the time people follow it up by asking what linguistics is.

It’s hard to explain sometimes because I’m unsure whether someone is genuinely interested in hearing a five minute spiel [...]

23 06, 2014
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    Holidays – A Personal Choice – The Scrapbook of your Life

Holidays – A Personal Choice – The Scrapbook of your Life

By |June 23rd, 2014|Cultural, Fun Stuff|2 Comments|

Holidays – A Personal Choice – The Scrapbook of Your Life

Our tastes in holidays may well change as we age; the alcohol-fuelled debauchery of the classic Club 18-30 Holidays, possibly doesn’t seem so attractive when you’re 45 years of age, with three children and a full-time job!(Hence the name [...]

20 06, 2014

8 German Words you just can’t say in English

By |June 20th, 2014|Cultural, Languages, Linguistics|1 Comment|

German is a complex, extremely fascinating language, and its vocabulary is no exception. Because compounding is so common, and because of how direct and straightforward terminology tends to be (‘sloth’, for example, is ‘Faultier’, literally ‘lazy animal’), there are many German words that have no English equivalent and can [...]

17 06, 2014

Experience Brazilian culture through football

By |June 17th, 2014|Cultural, Fun Stuff, Veritas Language Solutions|1 Comment|

So here we have it, the World Cup has finally kicked off, and we are set for a truly colourful and imaginative tournament.

The very essence of football is bound up in the identity of Brazilians, the world over, and the nation is set to be captivated by this year’s [...]

13 06, 2014

Top 5 Brazilian foods to eat during the World Cup

By |June 13th, 2014|Cultural, Fun Stuff, Languages, Veritas Language Solutions|1 Comment|

With the heavily anticipated FIFA World Cup tournament set to kick off in Brazil next week, perhaps you are looking for some apetizing Brazilian foods that are certain to wet your taste buds? These will certainly get you through those nerve-wracking moments!

Brazilian cusine is ingenious in the variety that [...]

11 06, 2014

El rey de España abdica

By |June 11th, 2014|Cultural|1 Comment|

El pasado 2 de junio el rey Juan Carlos I anunció su abdicación tras 39 años de reinado, día que quedará marcado en los libros de historia. Don Juan Carlos ha decidido ceder su puesto a su hijo el príncipe Felipe. El 19 de junio ha sido el día [...]

11 06, 2014

Che italiano parliamo?

By |June 11th, 2014|Cultural|1 Comment|

Sono italiana e parlo italiano. Sillogismo perfetto. Nulla di strano… Se non fosse che “lo stivale” è in realtá formato da 20 regioni e che in ogni regione, anzi, meglio dire in ogni provincia, si parla un dialetto diverso che, ovviamente, influisce sull’italiano parlato in quella zona.

Quindi….almeno 20 italiani [...]

3 06, 2014
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    Veritas translation internship 2014 – Meet Alicia Díaz Alberola

Veritas translation internship 2014 – Meet Alicia Díaz Alberola

By |June 3rd, 2014|Translation, Veritas Language Solutions|1 Comment|

I decided to apply for a translation internship at Veritas because it was the best opportunity to know more about the translation industry. Since I was a child, I was passionate about languages. That is why I decided to study a degree in Translation and Interpreting at the University [...]

2 06, 2014
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    When in Rome – Or Anywhere Else Really – Dining Etiquette

When in Rome – Or Anywhere Else Really – Dining Etiquette

By |June 2nd, 2014|Cultural, Fun Stuff|1 Comment|

Global Dining Etiquette – When in Rome…Or anywhere, really.

During a recent visit to Paris, my husband noticed and pointed out that the other diners in the (rather nice) restaurant seemed to be using their bread to push their food onto their fork, instead of their knife. At the time, [...]

22 05, 2014

Le Festival de Cannes ~ Cannes Film Festival

By |May 22nd, 2014|Cultural, Fun Stuff, Languages, Learning Languages|1 Comment|

The famous Cannes Film festival has just finished in the beautiful French sunshine, and if you have been unable to attend, like myself, then perhaps a short introduction to the prestigious event may be of use.

Having just turned 65, Cannes principal aim is to raise the profile of the [...]

22 05, 2014

Business etiquette in France

By |May 22nd, 2014|Business, Cultural, Localisation, Veritas Language Solutions|0 Comments|

Creating the right impression in the business context is key when clinching that final deal, or sealing a new position at a leading enterprise. This is why learning the business etiquette in France should not be overlooked.

Perhaps the most important piece of information that you must retain would be [...]

22 05, 2014
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    Grandma’s Philosophy – The origins of some old English sayings

Grandma’s Philosophy – The origins of some old English sayings

By |May 22nd, 2014|Cultural, Linguistics|1 Comment|

I sometimes wonder where a number of modern-day phrases came from. My Grandmother was always saying something that didn’t quite make sense to my younger self.

“Stir with a knife – stir with strife” used to get a bemused look as a response from me. If a knife is all [...]

22 05, 2014

The Evolution of Language

By |May 22nd, 2014|Cultural, Languages, Linguistics|1 Comment|

The Evolution of Language

Language, in its essence, is an ever-morphing creature. The language we speak today, has no doubt evolved over time.

We know that language may change as a result of social or political pressures. Invasion, colonisation, immigration or when a new invention comes along, a new noun is born [...]

21 05, 2014

French around the World

By |May 21st, 2014|Cultural, Fun Stuff, Languages, Learning Languages, Linguistics, Veritas Language Solutions|1 Comment|

In 1536, the Aosta Valley (present day Italy) became the first authority to adopt the French language as an official language, surprisingly, even before the French state had made that step.

It is estimated that around 75% of the population speak the French language, which has continued a long tradition, [...]

16 05, 2014

Business etiquette in Spain

By |May 16th, 2014|Business, Cultural|0 Comments|

When doing business in a foreign country, it is essential to know the culture of our future associate, as the way they handle business negotiations will usually differ from our own.

As a Spaniard, I can assure you that people take things easy in Spain, but this does not mean [...]

15 05, 2014

Business Etiquette in Germany

By |May 15th, 2014|Business, Cultural, Veritas Language Solutions|1 Comment|

Germany is one of the most respected nations in the world for business so, if you plan on doing any business with the Germans, it is very important to know about their business customs and etiquettes in order to fit right in!

First of all – be on time! The [...]