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Subtitling: more complicated than you'd think

I have prepared Greek subtitles for a few episodes of various Turkish TV series. Subtitling is a more demanding task than one would think. In TV series, dialogues are usually simple, or at least simpler than an academic article, a contract, or a novel. 341 more words


Speak Like a Local, Think Like a Local: Italian Colloquialisms

by Paola Bassanese, Guest Writer

Do you dream in Italian? If you do, you have made it! If you are not quite there yet, here are a few pointers to help you think like a local. 831 more words



You can’t make many mistakes when you don’t talk much.

Don’t speak double Dutch.

I know, I know what you do matters more than what you say, much more. 8 more words


Idioms & Expressions with Negative & Indefinite Words

It’s been awhile since I did an idioms post. Here’s one that is specific with negative and indefinite words.

Expressions with jamais:

  • jamais deux sans trois | Misfortunes always come in threes…
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Speaking Fluent Spanish-ishly

Apart from moving far from family, friends and traditional opportunities to work, a challenge of moving abroad is learning the language and local customs…but it’s also one of the fun parts too if the stress doesn’t tweak us out.   1,082 more words

General Stresses

A Brand New Verb

There’s a new verb to add to your lexicon. I found out about it this morning while reading my iPhone’s news feed. The verb is “phubbing.” 259 more words