“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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
There’s something exciting about receiving a letter / text / email confirming a holiday. I certainly got excited when our booking confirmation for Paris came through. The downside is though, as I’ve printed all communication to take with me, I’ll be carrying the equivalent of a sapling in my [...]
What can I say………………………………?
Paris is one of the most eye-popping places I’ve ever been.
The architecture was sublime, my jaw literally dropped on several occasions. The food was delicious, especially the steak. The weather was fantastic – cloudless blue skies, full sunshine and a lovely breeze just to make sure [...]