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Interlingua: An international language

Posted: October 15, 2019

Have you ever heard of Interlingua? If not, let Martin Lavallée tell you about this international language that was created in the mid-20th century. We bet your curiosity will be piqued!

From “the three Rs” to machine translation: A new kind of literacy for the digital age

Posted: October 7, 2019

Once upon a time, literacy meant reading, writing and arithmetic. Today, literacy has expanded to include financial literacy, media literacy, digital literacy and much more. The new kid on the block? Machine translation literacy! Lynne Bowker tells us a bit about it in her blog post.

Make an impression with stylistic devices

Posted: September 30, 2019

What’s a stylistic device, anyway? Ève Lyne Marchand gives us examples of a host of useful expressions that we use without even really thinking about it.

Tricky-to-translate terms and expressions

Posted: September 23, 2019

The English equivalents for French verbs like inviter, participer and présenter are obvious, right? Wrong! In many contexts, the obvious choice isn’t the best translation. In her post, Barbara McClintock discusses ways to translate these and other tricky terms.

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