Why does a translator need a glossary?

The word “glossary” comes from the noun “glossa” (footnote), because glossaries originally contained glosses to expressions or entire phrases, made by the scribe while transcribing manuscripts. Nowadays, the glossaries are primarily used to maintain the consistency of terminology used in the translation of specialised texts. It’s particularly useful in cases of unconventional terms and when […]

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When grammar falls into the background

Natural or artificial? Languages are divided into human and non-human languages (used by animals or computers). One can say that every human language is at the same time artificial – because it consists of words and rules invented from above by man – and natural – because of the complicated grammatical structure, which emerged sometimes […]

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To be or to have? The dilemma of a future student of linguistics

A few years ago, I was wondering on what I wanted to study. All I knew was that I want my studies to be connected with languages. But my decision must have relied also on the necessity of thinking about my future well-being: to be or to have? Which language should I choose to find […]

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Certified translation – when do we need a sworn translator?

It isn’t necessary to have special powers to translate articles, manuals or even medical histories. Such a translation can be done by any translator. However, when we need a translation of formal, official documents, we have to use the services of a sworn translator. In the article below we explain what a certified translation is […]

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Our trip to Zanzibar, or how we managed to combine a birthday party, a trip abroad, and the colour teal.

Planning a corporate event or a team-building trip is now becoming more and more of a challenge. Organisers of such incentives compete in offering increasingly “marvellous” events, which, however, do not always translate into a systematic increase in employee satisfaction. This means it is worth considering what you really expect from such an event. Not […]

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