Category Archives: On Language

Whisky Foxtrot Hotel

Growing up in the US, it was all too easy to replicate the ideals that are espoused in so much of our popular culture and our work culture at large. Long hours, no lunch break, shame in taking your meager

Whisky Foxtrot Hotel

Growing up in the US, it was all too easy to replicate the ideals that are espoused in so much of our popular culture and our work culture at large. Long hours, no lunch break, shame in taking your meager

The IN-dustry

Hi. I’m sorry if I feel like I have to reintroduce myself. Actually, no, I’m not sorry. Just it’s unfortunate that my time has been spent elsewhere than here. Where have I been? At work, namely. If you recall, I

The IN-dustry

Hi. I’m sorry if I feel like I have to reintroduce myself. Actually, no, I’m not sorry. Just it’s unfortunate that my time has been spent elsewhere than here. Where have I been? At work, namely. If you recall, I

Changes 2018 Part II

***Note: I wrote this a few weeks after Part I. I just suck as posting when I’ve written stuff. Forgive me? Awesome.*** I thought things were complicated at my old job. Medical devices, in Switzerland, paperwork and processes, checklists and

Changes 2018 Part II

***Note: I wrote this a few weeks after Part I. I just suck as posting when I’ve written stuff. Forgive me? Awesome.*** I thought things were complicated at my old job. Medical devices, in Switzerland, paperwork and processes, checklists and

Changes 2018 Part I

I recently quit my job. This led to a job search because I enjoy eating food and buying my son Legos. The job search included many technical writing, copy writing and horse riding positions. The last one I may have

Changes 2018 Part I

I recently quit my job. This led to a job search because I enjoy eating food and buying my son Legos. The job search included many technical writing, copy writing and horse riding positions. The last one I may have

Der Hund Says Guau-Guau

Our son is getting to the age where every day he is pushing the boundaries of his linguistic prowess. Auto! ¡Agua! Nein! No walk! Innä! ¡Más pan! Orange! Gömergopielä! No one and nothing prepared us for the reality that our

Der Hund Says Guau-Guau

Our son is getting to the age where every day he is pushing the boundaries of his linguistic prowess. Auto! ¡Agua! Nein! No walk! Innä! ¡Más pan! Orange! Gömergopielä! No one and nothing prepared us for the reality that our

Brave New Year

It was inevitable; and with 20/20 hindsight, it should have been done since the beginning. But in the two years since the birth of the Roughly Translated blog, I was never really focused on the direction my blogging was following. Rather, I

Brave New Year

It was inevitable; and with 20/20 hindsight, it should have been done since the beginning. But in the two years since the birth of the Roughly Translated blog, I was never really focused on the direction my blogging was following. Rather, I

It’s been a long week. Here’s a meme.

It was uncanny timing that Marta from Wantwords suggested we add to the public collection of memes with some of our own. Just this week, as I was sheepishly dogging it in the face of my horrible translation projects, I found myself

It’s been a long week. Here’s a meme.

It was uncanny timing that Marta from Wantwords suggested we add to the public collection of memes with some of our own. Just this week, as I was sheepishly dogging it in the face of my horrible translation projects, I found myself

Thank You, Carl

“Por lo que! Therefore, so that, because of, for this reason…this is one you should not be missing now.” Thank you, Carl. I will never forget this Spanish conjunction ever since that day in second semester when we were sight

Thank You, Carl

“Por lo que! Therefore, so that, because of, for this reason…this is one you should not be missing now.” Thank you, Carl. I will never forget this Spanish conjunction ever since that day in second semester when we were sight

Quality Control, Part VI

Before you read the end, why don’t you revisit the beginning? And the middle bits?  Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV and Part V!! Act III Scene II We’re back in Hristo’s small apartment. He is sitting at his table in the

Quality Control, Part VI

Before you read the end, why don’t you revisit the beginning? And the middle bits?  Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV and Part V!! Act III Scene II We’re back in Hristo’s small apartment. He is sitting at his table in the

Klout is Ruining My Life

A few weeks back when I had a bit of time on my hands between projects, I steeled my resolve to jump face(book) first into the professional side of social media. For my freelance work I have a Facebook page

Klout is Ruining My Life

A few weeks back when I had a bit of time on my hands between projects, I steeled my resolve to jump face(book) first into the professional side of social media. For my freelance work I have a Facebook page

Quality Control, Part V

Catch up!  Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV!! Act III Scene I Back at the Sacramento office, 9:00 am. Linda is clearing off her desk while her computer sputters to life. She feels a small relief because

Quality Control, Part V

Catch up!  Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV!! Act III Scene I Back at the Sacramento office, 9:00 am. Linda is clearing off her desk while her computer sputters to life. She feels a small relief because

Quality Control, Part IV

Catch up on the first three parts! Part I, Part II, Part III Act II Scene II Hristo walks back in to the kitchen with his arms full of fruits and vegetables. He sets everything down on the table, careful

Quality Control, Part IV

Catch up on the first three parts! Part I, Part II, Part III Act II Scene II Hristo walks back in to the kitchen with his arms full of fruits and vegetables. He sets everything down on the table, careful

Writers’ Block

The last three weeks have been especially…um…what’s the word? Tough? Every day I walk my wife to work and every day when I walk back, I have about 27 minutes of think time. I float home with auto-pilot engaged and

Writers’ Block

The last three weeks have been especially…um…what’s the word? Tough? Every day I walk my wife to work and every day when I walk back, I have about 27 minutes of think time. I float home with auto-pilot engaged and

Getting Marketing Material Right Overseas

A reblog of a guest post. Social telephone at its best but here there is no loss in translation, until you have finished reading. [image courtesy of http://hitechautomotive.blogspot.nl%5D

Getting Marketing Material Right Overseas

A reblog of a guest post. Social telephone at its best but here there is no loss in translation, until you have finished reading. [image courtesy of http://hitechautomotive.blogspot.nl%5D

The UN English Editors’ Exam: Final Thoughts

It has been a long five months since I posted about my gearing up to take the UN Editors’ examination. Back in February I had given myself low odds of passing. After relentlessly studying French and the UN style guide,

The UN English Editors’ Exam: Final Thoughts

It has been a long five months since I posted about my gearing up to take the UN Editors’ examination. Back in February I had given myself low odds of passing. After relentlessly studying French and the UN style guide,

Profound Secret of Efficiency: Translate Fasterer

My apologies to my faithful reader out there for the lack of new material recently. You see, I am finally a bit busy! Not to say that before I wasn’t keeping busy. I have been reading  riveting ISO terminology standards

Profound Secret of Efficiency: Translate Fasterer

My apologies to my faithful reader out there for the lack of new material recently. You see, I am finally a bit busy! Not to say that before I wasn’t keeping busy. I have been reading  riveting ISO terminology standards