September 2007

Cymraeg

September 20, 2007

I’m off to Wales for a holiday. As I’ll be the co-pilot on this journey and due to the fact that we’ll be going through places such as Eglwysbach, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Abergwy-gregyn and the like (I’ll do my best to...

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Posted by céline on September 20, 2007
Language

Being bilingual protects the brain

September 18, 2007

Being fluent in two languages may help to keep the brain sharper for longer, a study suggests. It's interesting how bilingual (able to speak two languages with the facility of a native speaker) and fluent (able to speak or write...

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Posted by céline on September 18, 2007
Language

Diary of a fledgling translator, Part 3

September 14, 2007

Part 1 Part 2 Two months already since I last wrote a piece… apologies for my silence but it has been a busy summer. Not that I was engrossed working on my first big project or away on an exotic...

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Posted by céline on September 14, 2007
Guests

Tattered

September 12, 2007

"Hello madam, I’m calling from Wonderful Kitchens because we’re having a promotion in your area." "I don’t need a kitchen, thanks." "That’s fine, may I ask how old your kitchen is?" "About six years old." "And may I ask whether...

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Posted by céline on September 12, 2007
Words

The translation of the haka

September 10, 2007

The rugby World Cup has started, and watching the All Black perform their famous Haka, I started thinking about how you don’t need to understand Maori to know exactly what they’re singing about. Their facial expressions and body language say...

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Posted by céline on September 10, 2007
Culture

E

September 6, 2007

It’s now official: E-numbers (E100 to 500) cause disruptive behaviour in children. Anyone knows what the "E" stands for? Because I do! It stands for… wait for it… Europe! The reason is that since 1989, food additives have been...

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Posted by céline on September 6, 2007
Words

Malaria

September 4, 2007

What I learnt last night during University Challenge: the word "malaria" comes from Italian mala (bad) + aria (air). It was thought that this disease was caused by foul air in marshes. P.S: I don’t watch University Challenge as...

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Posted by céline on September 4, 2007
Words

L'élégance du hérisson

September 3, 2007

It’s been quiet in this little corner of the blogosphere, hasn’t it? August was slightly crazy and now that September has finally arrived, things are calming down. I’ve read a few excellent books over the summer and I thought...

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Posted by céline on September 3, 2007
Culture