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Are Translations Impossible?

Translations are part of what allows our English-speaking world to understand the ideas, cultures, and languages of other worlds. Without translation, the English-speaking world wouldn’t be able to understand classic literary works like Don Quixote and the Odyssey. Without translation, the English-speaking world wouldn’t be able to understand foreign films. Without translation, we would be…

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How Being Lazy Worked in my Favor

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve gone through a countless number of careers I’ve wanted to pursue, from being a 3 year-old’s idea of an artist, to a veteranarian, to an archaeologist, and everything in between you could possibly think of. I’ve gone from extremes like considering studying physics in college to pursing…

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Language Rant: At a Loss for Words

Languages are amazing, and amazing doesn’t even begin to give enough credit for what languages do for society. The sole purpose of a language is to communicate; as long as you can understand what someone is trying to convey, as long as you can understand the information someone is trying to pass on to you,…

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Japanese vs. Chinese: What’s the Difference?

As an aspiring polyglot, there are only so many languages I can begin to learn without having overlapping grammatical structures and word origins; at least, so many languages I have a personal interest in learning. Sometimes I’ll be sitting in Chinese class writing the character 好 (hǎo=good) and remember that nearly the same character in…

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Spanish vs. Portuguese: What’s the Difference?

As an aspiring polyglot, there are only so many languages I can begin to learn without having overlapping grammatical structures and word origins; at least, so many languages I have a personal interest in learning. Sometimes it’s difficult thinking straight in Portuguese without questioning myself if I’m using a Portuguese word or a Spanish word,…

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Is Passion Necessary to Learn a Language?

It takes a lot of dedication to take time out of your day to work towards something you want. It takes a lot of enthusiasm to keep it up. And it takes a lot of perseverance to continue when you have moments that you think you won’t succeed. Learning a language takes dedication, enthusiasm, and…

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What’s Your Favorite Language?

“Is that your favorite language?” is a question I’m frequently asked when I gush over how fun it is to speak Portuguese, or when I become excited over the fact that I can write a cohesive sentence in Chinese. Those who know me might take a shot at guessing that Spanish is my favorite, because…