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Language in a Changing World

World Languages If you were to guess, how many languages would you estimate are in the world? 400? 1000? 5000?! There are about an estimated 7,000 languages in the world, with that number changing every year[2]! We are constantly learning about new languages, languages…

August 20, 2019
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The Loss of Indigenous Languages – Video

Language means so much more than communication between people – it represents culture, history, tradition and identity. According to UNESCO, there are more than 6000 languages in the world today. A startling fact is that about 97% of the world speaks just 4% of…

March 26, 2019
Culture

10 Unique Christmas and New Year’s Traditions Around the World

PC Chris Chabot Growing up in Hawaii, a melting pot of very different cultures, we had some unique holiday traditions. Due to the plantation days when many workers were brought in internationally, everyone’s families and traditions became very mixed. Therefore, for New Years, we…

December 26, 2018
Culture

National Independence Days Around The World

  In the United States July 4th is Independence Day but other countries around the world are equally festive in commemorating their respective Independence Days. Indeed, in a post-colonialist world, most states–from Latin America to the Middle East to East Asia–have some kind of…

July 5, 2018
Culture

10 Interesting Facts About Vietnam [Country Spotlight]

At Interpreters and Translators, Inc. we love language, travel, and countries. One of our employees has several friends who have visited Vietnam and raved about that country. She couldn’t not resist doing some research of her own and considering booking her own trip to…

June 13, 2018
Culture

Translators To Be Honored with the National Book Award

In January 2018, the United States (U.S.) National Book Foundation added a new category to its short list of literary prizes. Now both an author and the author’s translator will be honored with the National Book Award for Translated Literature. The new prize will…

June 6, 2018
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Which Language Is Richest In Words?

Have you heard language experts say that English has more words than other languages? The claim is made but it’s practically impossible to verify. Steven Frank, the author of The Pen Commandments claims that English has 500,000 words with German having about 135,000 and…

March 7, 2018