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Posted by on Mar 26, 2016 in Latest |

Learning Welsh With Kelsey: Introducing You to the Welsh Language

Learning Welsh With Kelsey: Introducing You to the Welsh Language

My name is Kelsey and I am here to give you all a little insight into the Welsh Language. Now, I was born and raised in North Wales and went to an all Welsh primary and secondary school. Therefore, I am fluent in Welsh! I am so proud to be able to speak this rare and cultural language that I thought I would start this series so you can join me while I teach you this beautiful language! Now, Welsh is the oldest language in Britain dating back almost 4,000 years! Welsh is a Celtic language along with Gaelic, which there is Scottish Gaelic and Irish Gaelic. But where is it spoken? Only 21% of people who live in Wales speak Welsh, mostly in North West Wales. But Welsh is also spoken in England, Australia, United States of America and Patagonia in Argentina! One question I always get asked is: ‘Why doesn’t the Welsh language have any vowels?’ But the fact is we do! That is just a little...

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Posted by on Mar 26, 2016 in Latest |

How to Create and Maintain a Photography Blog

In the standard world of blogging, high quality content is far more important than pictures. You have probably heard the stories from many bloggers who have “made it” and one of the comments they make most often is that they all started out with basic photography equipment – it was their content that brought them their success. On the other hand, if your aim is to run a photography blog, where your photos tell the story more than the text then you will need to structure and carefully plan your photography just like you would with standard text blog posts. Here are some top tips that you should bear in mind if you are considering starting a photography blog or if you are trying to develop your existing blog. Plan Your Content You cannot expect to just blog as and when you feel like it and expect a crowd of faithful followers. You must do more than just join the crowd and be the same as all of the...

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Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Latest |

The Top 5 Books for Translators

Having read many books about translators, their journeys into their translation careers and books about the translation industry as a whole, I have come across a wide range of interesting reads. The reason for picking these five books is that they contain fresh content and they do not repeat any content on topics that you may have read elsewhere. Here I have picked my top favourite books about translators and the translation industry. 1) The Entrepreneurial Linguist: The Business-School Approach to Freelance Translation This book was the first book I read about the translation industry. It is full of useful tips and advice that will help you to build or develop your translation business. 2) The Prosperous Translator As professional linguists, we struggle to journey through our careers without needing to ask a few questions about certain situations and issues with which we are faced. Seeing as the book was written by two successful translators, you can trust that this information is truthful and reliable. The book is set...

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Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Latest |

Who Hires Translators?

You may know a lot about translators, you may know people who are translators and you may even be a translator. However, do you know the type of people who hire translators?   Well, in actual fact there is no specific type of person or type of people that hire translators because many people, companies and organisations may find at one point of their life or another that they could benefit from the services of a professional translator. The list of people, companies and organisations that hire translators is endless because these days what with the world becoming smaller because of it is becoming connected through languages, you just never know when you may need the help of a translator. The most obvious group of people that may require the help of a translator amongst people in general, are expatriates living abroad. If you live abroad or are just spending time in a foreign country on a work contract and have issues with the language barrier then hiring a...

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Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Latest |

Linguistics, Semantics, Etymology and Philology

Linguistics, Semantics, Etymology and Philology   Linguistics:This is a broad definition for what is generally termed the study of language itself, often called the science of language. The term traces back to the Latin root lingua which meant only the muscle known as the tongue, but also the words that issued forth courtesy of that tongue. Linguistics as practiced in modern times is concerned with studying the structure of language. Therefore, there is comparative linguistics that studies the differences and similarities between various languages in an attempt to unlock commonalities of relationship between them. Then there is structural linguistics which attempts to find a core relationship of similarities that ties all the many different languages together. Semantics:Semantics is the branch of linguistics that is concerned with why certain words signify certain things. In other words, what is the entire comprehensive definition of word beyond its denotative one found in a dictionary? Semantics looks to such things as the specific connotation of a word. Take the sentence “The girl was...

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