May 2007

It's grim up North

May 23, 2007

I’m off to the North-East of England for a week, and someone I mentioned this to reacted by saying, amongst other things, "it’s grim up North". This is an expression I’ve heard many, many times without ever wondering where...

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Posted by céline on May 23, 2007
Idioms

The gender of nouns

May 22, 2007

The Cutty Sark has been destroyed by a fire. This morning on the news, the journalists were obviously referring to the ship as a "she", which didn’t surprise me. However, this reminded me of a conversation I had a few...

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Posted by céline on May 22, 2007
Technical corner

How bilinguals switch between tongues

May 21, 2007

Bilingualism is a topic which interests me, and it's been mentioned on this blog in my entry language and the brain and Caroline and Daniel's second language acquisition and bilingual language processing. Now Xavier has sent me a link to...

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Posted by céline on May 21, 2007
Language

Lorsque and elision

May 14, 2007

This blogosphere lark is a tiny, tiny world. In doubt as to when exactly the word lorsque qualifies for an elision (lorsqu’Arnold or lorsque Arnold?), (hey, be indulgent, it’s Monday!) I found this extremely useful page on elision, which reminded...

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Posted by céline on May 14, 2007
Technical corner

Tony Blair congratulates Nicolas Sarkozy in French

May 10, 2007

Not bad, Tony, not bad. via Omniglot...

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Posted by céline on May 10, 2007
Culture

Goodbye to la belle France?

May 9, 2007

There is an article in today’s Guardian about how France might change now that Sarkozy is in charge. What interested me most was a few statistics comparing the USA, which the new president openly admires and wants to emulate, and...

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Posted by céline on May 9, 2007
Culture

Candide

May 4, 2007

I couldn’t resist buying this superb new English translation of Voltaire’s Candide, one of my all-time favourite books. I’ve been reading about the presidential candidates all week, following their progress in anticipation of the final round on Sunday, and...

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Posted by céline on May 4, 2007
Words

Translation and proofreading

May 2, 2007

I often receive emails from readers asking me about translation and being a freelance translator. I thought that I would share some of them, along with my responses, as they might be of interest to other people. Antonia asked me...

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Bad, bad translator

May 1, 2007

Thank you Laurence for sending me an article about what happens when translators get facetious. Sarkozy, in fact, said "I invite the French people to rally behind me". Bad, bad translator (awful sentence as well, tut tut), and I...

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Posted by céline on May 1, 2007
Freelance translation