It’s grim up North

By | May 23rd, 2007|Idioms|

I'm off to the North-East of England for a week, and someone I [...]

The gender of nouns

By | May 22nd, 2007|Technical corner|

The Cutty Sark has been destroyed by a fire. This morning on the [...]

How bilinguals switch between tongues

By | May 21st, 2007|Language|

Bilingualism is a topic which interests me, and it's been mentioned on this [...]

Lorsque and elision

By | May 14th, 2007|Technical corner|

This blogosphere lark is a tiny, tiny world. In doubt as to when [...]

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Tony Blair congratulates Nicolas Sarkozy in French

By | May 10th, 2007|Culture|

Not bad, Tony, not bad. via Omniglot

Goodbye to la belle France?

By | May 9th, 2007|Culture|

There is an article in today's Guardian about how France might change now [...]


By | May 4th, 2007|Words|

I couldn't resist buying this superb new English translation of Voltaire's Candide, one [...]

Translation and proofreading

By | May 2nd, 2007|Freelance Translation, Technical corner|

I often receive emails from readers asking me about translation and being a [...]

Bad, bad translator

By | May 1st, 2007|Freelance Translation|

Thank you Laurence for sending me an article about what happens when translators [...]