Canadian French

Canada has two official languages: English and French. Canadian French is the umbrella name of a number of dialects that that differ in its vocabulary and pronunciation from standard French (e.g., the French spoken in France and Belgium). The most important of these dialects are Québécois and Acadian.

“Tú” or “Usted”?

Approaching strangers in Spanish may leave you a bit tongue-tied at first. If you are like me, you will hesitate because you are trying to figure out whether to call this stranger “usted” (you, formal) or “tú” (you, informal).

Louisiana Creole Language

Canada is not the only place in North America where French and English are spoken. We have our own, Louisiana, right here in the United States. Louisiana is not only a State with a rich multicultural heritage, but it is also a polyglot State. Louisiana Creole (LC) is one of three French-based languages that coexist with English in what is referred to as Acadiana or Francophone Triangle, a region west and southwest of New Orleans that stretches to the Texas border.

Japanese Scripts

The Japanese writing system includes the following scripts:japan flag and map

Kanji: Chinese characters,
Hiragana: Syllabic characters,
Katakana: Characters used for foreign words,
Okurigana: Combination of Kanji with Hiragana to form a Japanese character.
Furigana: Characters added to Kanji characters as an aid to their proper pronunciation,
Kokuji’: Kanji characters developed by Japan,
Arabic Numbers: For numerical data,
Romaji: Letters of the Romance alphabet.

The tree of languages

Phylogeny (or phylogenesis) is the origin and evolution of a set of organisms, usually of a species. A major task of phylogenists is to determine the ancestor-descendant relationships among known species (both living and extinct).

Philology is the study of ancient texts and languages. Historical linguistics (or comparative linguistics) is the branch of philology that studies languages and their interrelationships. A philological tree (or tree of languages) traces the evolutionary interrelationships among languages believed to have originated from a common ancestor.

This issue of our blog compares the tree of life to the tree of languages.

About the German Language and its Dialects

German is the second most used language in the internet, according to the January 2015 issue of “Usage Statistics of Content Languages for Websites” Therefore, it is a language to keep in mind, if you are considering translating your website or business documentation. This blog provides useful information about this European language.

Writing and Designing for Translation

A good translation begins with the writing of the source text. Therefore, writing copy that is clear, concise, and grammatically correct will help the translators, for whom English is second language, generate product instructions that give your business a competitive edge and get to market earlier.

Eskimo words for snow

The Eskimo have been said to have as many as 400 words for snow.This is one of those stories that linguist delight in telling, but is the large number of Eskimo words for snow a fact or a hoax?