Oceans Apart – the Portuguese of Portugal and Brazil

“Brasileiro” is the word European Portuguese speakers use for the version of Portuguese that is spoken in Brazil. In fact, the two languages are so much different that transl ators may re-write a document from scratch into the desired Portuguese, rather than translating it from one to the other. These two main branches diverge in… Read More Oceans Apart – the Portuguese of Portugal and Brazil

Traditional or Simplified? On Mainland China, Simplify.

The population of mainland China is well over one billion now*, and millions of people in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong and widespread overseas communities also speak Chinese. But this single language is represented by two different written languages, “Traditional” Chinese, and “Simplified.” Adopted in 1949 in order to increase literacy and ease communication… Read More Traditional or Simplified? On Mainland China, Simplify.

Which country hosts the largest number of living languages?

It is estimated that nearly 7,000 languages are still alive on Earth today. In the United States about 330 languages are spoken or signed, with over half of those labeled as indigenous; English claims the most speakers, Spanish the second. In India there are an estimated 780 languages, and in China there are 129. But… Read More Which country hosts the largest number of living languages?

Coca Cola’s mixing of French and English

Coca Cola’s mixing of French and English leeds to chaos: Coke cancels campaign after French gets lost in translation by The Canadian Press on Thursday, September 19, 2013 3:15pm – EDMONTON – Coca-Cola has cancelled a Canadian promotion that paired randomly generated English and French words inside bottle caps after an Edmonton woman got one… Read More Coca Cola’s mixing of French and English