Posts Tagged: 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

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

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

Zurich at First Blush

After a travel day that was as rocky as the cobblestone streets that trace the city’s old district, I have been calmed by the serenity of this tidy and enchanting place. An early morning walk through downtown provided me the

Zurich at First Blush

After a travel day that was as rocky as the cobblestone streets that trace the city’s old district, I have been calmed by the serenity of this tidy and enchanting place. An early morning walk through downtown provided me the

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

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

Mapping the Bilingual Brain

I came across an interesting article today and I decided to translate it into English. Here is a link to the original article for those interested. I hope this wasn’t already a translation from English, and I don’t think it

Mapping the Bilingual Brain

I came across an interesting article today and I decided to translate it into English. Here is a link to the original article for those interested. I hope this wasn’t already a translation from English, and I don’t think it

Cool Words We Got from the French

It has been two months since I posted Cool Words We Got from the Germans and the time has come for the second installment. Many of you know that I am studying French for the upcoming U.N. editors’ exam, donc

Cool Words We Got from the French

It has been two months since I posted Cool Words We Got from the Germans and the time has come for the second installment. Many of you know that I am studying French for the upcoming U.N. editors’ exam, donc

International Mother Language Day

Just in case you need a reason to celebrate. http://www.un.org/en/events/motherlanguageday/ “International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating

International Mother Language Day

Just in case you need a reason to celebrate. http://www.un.org/en/events/motherlanguageday/ “International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating

Learning French and UNese: Two Weeks In

As part of my own professional development, I have decided to bone up on my French for the upcoming UN exam. Admittedly, I have given myself very low odds of passing, but I do not like failure in any of

Learning French and UNese: Two Weeks In

As part of my own professional development, I have decided to bone up on my French for the upcoming UN exam. Admittedly, I have given myself very low odds of passing, but I do not like failure in any of

One Year In (Out?)

Time flies when you look back on things. I just completed my first year as a contributing member to the blogosphere, and let’s be honest, we have come a long way. This upcoming second year of Roughly Translated promises to

One Year In (Out?)

Time flies when you look back on things. I just completed my first year as a contributing member to the blogosphere, and let’s be honest, we have come a long way. This upcoming second year of Roughly Translated promises to

Tricky Words: Palimpsest

The true definition of this word is rather jejune. From the New Oxford American dictionary: palimpsest |ˈpalimpˌsest| noun a manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing but

Tricky Words: Palimpsest

The true definition of this word is rather jejune. From the New Oxford American dictionary: palimpsest |ˈpalimpˌsest| noun a manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing but

Cool Words We Got From the Germans

The Germans. They got a word for everything. I know this because we use a lot of their words in our language. I know what you’re thinking and just stop it. You are going to ruin future posts on words

Cool Words We Got From the Germans

The Germans. They got a word for everything. I know this because we use a lot of their words in our language. I know what you’re thinking and just stop it. You are going to ruin future posts on words

Tricky Words: Lest

Full disclosure: This post may be more about the subjunctive in English and less about lest, but I wanted to maintain the consistency of my titles lest I confuse anybody with too many categories. OK. So what does that even

Tricky Words: Lest

Full disclosure: This post may be more about the subjunctive in English and less about lest, but I wanted to maintain the consistency of my titles lest I confuse anybody with too many categories. OK. So what does that even