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Flag Day - USA 2018

Flag Day – USA 2018

Flag Day The fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America’s birthday. However today, the United States are going to ...
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Ployglot : Events and Gatherings

Ployglot : Events and Gatherings

Polyglot events: Are you keen on languages? Do you define yourself a polyglot? If so, did you know that in Europe ...
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U.N Russian Language Day

U.N Russian Language Day

U.N Russian Language Day Today, June 6th has been chosen by the United Nations to be 'Russian Language Day', on ...
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Political Correctness Gone Mad?

Political Correctness Gone Mad?

Political correctness gone mad? These days so much is censored... words can be deemed too vulgar and inappropriate to be ...
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Roland Garros 2018- Useful Vocab!

The French open 2018 Roland Garros is almost here! On the 21st May, some of the best will take to ...
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Signing up a birth

Signing up a birth You might’ve seen my blog a few weeks ago about an Iranian couple who required an ...
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FIFA World Cup 2018 – Russia

FIFA World Cup 2018 The domestic football season has ended we now know our national champions for the year. Next ...
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Eurovision 2018: and the winner is…

Eurovision 2018: And the winner is! Another year of Eurovision is over, and the winner with an impressive 529 points ...
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Eurovision 2018 – Semi-Finals

Eurovision 2018: Semi-Final 1 We’ve had our first semi-final for Eurovision 2018! Last night, we saw our first semi-final and ...
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How Lingua Translations can help with your sporting needs

How Lingua Translations can help with your sporting needs Here at Lingua Translations, one of the many services we offer ...
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Eurovision Song Contest 2018

It’s that time of year again! Eurovision 2018 Eurovision starts on the 8th May with the semi-finals, followed by the ...
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What could you interpret? A birth?

Could you interpret a birth? These days interpreters are needed for everything! As an agency we get various requests for ...
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Have you ever thought that proofreading was important?

Proofreading Day - 8th March 2018 Have you ever thought that proofreading was important? Maybe not, when in school, it might’ve ...
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Missing the Olympics? Don’t worry, the Paralympics are on their way!

Missing the Olympics? Don’t worry the Paralympics are on their way! The opening ceremony for the Paralympics is on Friday!! ...
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Oscars 2018

This year’s Oscars are over, and it looks like it all went to plan. There were no incorrect winners announced ...
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National Anthem Day: 3rd March

National Anthem Day 3rd March 2018 Tomorrow is national anthem day! Here at Lingua Translations, we absolutely love anthems! You ...
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The Importance of English

The importance of English I came across an article recently that stated that the Olympic games prove the importance that ...
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How many types of English are there?!

How many types of English are there?! It can be difficult for foreign people when they arrive in the UK ...
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International Mother Language Day!

Wednesday 21st February, the world celebrates International Mother Language Day. Originating from protests to promote multilingualism in Bangladesh in 1952, the ...
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International Business Award 2018

We are so excited to be nominated for the ‘International Business’ category at the 2018 Swansea Bay Business Awards. The ...
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BAFTAs – The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden This year’s BAFTAs are over, and the winners have been announced. This year the BAFTA for Film Not In ...
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Europe, the UK’s doorstep, but not for much longer

Europe, the UK’s doorstep, but not for much longer

Europe, the UK’s doorstep, but not for much longer Are you like me? Comfortable being first off, a British citizen ...
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Language at the Olympics

Language at the Olympics We’re well into the first week of the Olympics and so far, we’ve seen a few ...
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Pancake Day 2018

Pancake day Today is Shrove Tuesday (aka Pancake Day). This means there will be a lot of pictures circling online ...
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How young should you start learning languages?

How young should you start learning languages? Doctors tell us that our children can absorb so much information at such ...
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Is there life on Mars?

Life on Mars? For those who haven’t been watching the news lately, Elon Musk and Space X sent up a ...
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Wake up speaking a foreign language

Wake up speaking a foreign language Have you ever dreamed of speaking a foreign language fluently? What if after a ...
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Pyeong Chang 2018 – North and South unite

PyeongChang Olympics 2018 - North and South unite Something rather unexpected has happened at these Olympic games already! North and South ...
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Learning a language to go on holiday. Would you?

Learning a language to go on holiday. Would you? Last night I was watching an old re-run of 8 out ...
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Raining cats and dogs

Raining Cats and Dogs You might’ve seen my earlier blog about our fixations with weather. This got me thinking – ...
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And the nominations are out!

And the nominations are out! The Oscar nominations have been announced, and this year the five films going for Best ...
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Our fixation with weather

Our fixation with weather Us Brits know that when a conversation goes dry, the antidote is to start talking about ...
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Winnie The Pooh

Today is Winnie the Pooh day: one of the most successful characters ever created. The author AA Milne was born ...
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The Transfer Window

Whether you watch football or not, we all know about the transfer window in the winter and the summer. Some ...
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PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018

PyeongChang Winter Olympics The winter Olympics are just under a month away! On the 9th Feb the world will look ...
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The origin of the sound /θ/ in Spanish

/θ/ If you study Spanish long enough, you will soon realise that the pronunciation of Z and C (before e ...
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Christmas around the world: Celebrating Christmas in Russia

Christmas around the world: Celebrating Christmas in Russia Seven interesting facts you may not know Christmas in Russia is normally ...
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What are your New Year resolutions?

It’s something that most people make on New Year’s Eve/ New Year’s Day. Resolutions range from going to the gym, ...
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New Year’s Resolutions? Or New Year’s Goals?

It’s January.  It’s a new year.  And so it’s time for the annual ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ lists.  Thing is, I ...
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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! It's Christmas! Here's how to say "Merry Christmas" in 10 languages... English          Merry Christmas ...
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6900 languages across the world; is Father Christmas a hyperpolyglot?

Saint Nick seemed to form part of the remaining quarter of the inhabitants who don’t speak Welsh. Some parents, whose ...
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Love has no barriers – even language!

Love has no barriers – Even that pesky language barrier! One of my favourite things to do around Christmastime is ...
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Inclusive writing in France

Inclusive writing: So the debate about the French language rumbles on… France is currently involved in a nation-wide debate about ...
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A Few facts and figures about the Korean Language

A few facts and figures about the Korean Language In a few months, South Korea will host the Winter Olympic ...
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Christmas around the world: Ten Bizarre Christmas Customs

Different Countries have their own traditions - and some of them are truly bizarre Some Festive Food to begin with: ...
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Star Wars and Language

Star Wars and language With the next instalment of the Star Wars is soon to come to cinemas, and we ...
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Christmas in Spain

Christmas in Spain starts with the traditional Christmas lottery draw on 22nd December. Two days later, the night of the ...
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Christmas around the World: Celebrating Christmas in Norway

Norwegian Christmas traditions Christmas in Norway is based on Christian traditions, with elements of old pagan traditions and Jewish Hannukah ...
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Christmas on the other side of the Channel tunnel

Ho ho ho! Christmas is here! Because having fun is the whole point of Christmas, isn’t it? Celebrating life, family ...
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Christmas around the World: Celebrating Christmas in Japan

You'd just Love celebrating Christmas in Japan The major religions in Japan are Buddhism and Shinto and with less than ...
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4 Christmas Words and their origins

This time of the year, every year, we all hear the same words flying around, whether displayed on a Christmas ...
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How many languages did you know at the age of 10?

How many languages did you know at the age of 10? Warning: This story may make you feel like an ...
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Christmas around the world: Celebrating Christmas in Colombia

A mix of a religious event and party. Christmas in Colombia is celebrated on the 24th of December, but it ...
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A few steps to help your children learn a language!

We all know that a kid’s mind is like a sponge! That is why many parents avoid using certain swear ...
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Christmas around the World: The Magic of a Child’s Christmas in Wales

Dylan Thomas - A child's Christmas in Wales A Child's Christmas in Wales and Gillian Clark's The Christmas Wren. For a flavour ...
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Friends: The one with the quotes: part 2

Friends: The one with the quotes: part 2 Monkey turns the TV Spanish Season 1 brought us a few elements ...
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Some rather embarrassing mistakes – The importance of proofreading

Over the years there have been numerous incidents in Wales involving some extremely embarrassing mis-translations from English into Welsh going ...
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WHAT IS CHRISTMAS ALL ABOUT?

WHAT IS CHRISTMAS ALL ABOUT? How do we understand Christmas and we ask that question - what is Christmas all ...
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The Winter Olympics – PyeongChang 2018

The Winter Olympics – 2018 If you haven’t noticed by now, we’re big sports fans as well as language geeks! ...
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Friends: The one with the quotes: part 1

The one with the quotes: part 1 Here at Lingua we are big fans of Friends… Normally trying to figure ...
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Foreign accent syndrome | Lingua Translations

Foreign accent syndrome Can you imagine sounding like a foreigner speaking your own native language? Foreign accent syndrome (FAS) is ...
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Pardon my French but it’s all Greek to me; language & nation perception

You might not have noticed but, in everyday speech, you often express yourself in ways that ‘pass judgement’ on other ...
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Over and out – the language of sign offs

'How should I sign off this email?' I found myself thinking this the other day when I was in the ...
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Thanksgiving Day 2017

Thanksgiving Day 2017

Thanksgiving 2017 A bit of a history: Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States, giving thanks for ...
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False Friends | Lingua Translations

False friends When you were studying a foreign language at school, did you ever come across a word that look ...
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Despacito and the Latin Invasion

Despacito and the Latin invasion I know that recently the OED confirmed the word of the year was Fake News ...
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Aphasia featured on TV | Lingua Translations

Aphasia featured on TV What would happen if all of the sudden you lost the ability to speak your mother ...
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The difference between a dialect and a language

According to the database Ethnologue, there are 6909 living languages in the world. An immense number. This includes those, which ...
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The Military Alphabet | Lingua Translations

The Military Alphabet Many people know the military alphabet, maybe not all of it, but a fair few of them! ...
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Día de la Revolución – Mexican Revolution

Today, over 200 years ago, the Mexican Revolution began. Conflict began on 20th of November 1910, with an uprising led ...
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Chinese Whisper with Google Translate

Chinese whisper anyone? A little while ago we wanted to see how reliable google translate was, especially when it came ...
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New Zealand and the Autumn Internationals

New Zealand The last of our Autumn International anthems is the Kiwis, the all blacks and the triple world champions ...
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Japan and the Autumn Internationals

Japan National Rugby Union Team Like a lot of our teams, Japan too has a nickname. The Brave Blossoms. Rugby ...
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Australia and the Autumn Internationals

Australia The Wallabies – one of the most successful Rugby nations out there. Australia have been playing rugby since 1899 ...
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Beaujolais day

Beaujolais day Beaujolais day…. Is it just Swansea that celebrates it after all? Beaujolais nouveau day is a day to ...
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Wernicke’s Area | Área de Wernicke

Wernicke's area It is well known that the brain is a complex organ that controls all functions of the body ...
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South Africa | The Autumn Internationals

South Africa Next up on our Autumn International list is South Africa, the 2-time World Champions. South Africa’s relationship with ...
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Samoa and the Autumn Internationals

Next on our Autumn International list is the Samoan team! The Samoan rugby team is also known as "Manu Samoa" ...
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Georgia and the Autumn Internationals

Georgia Next stop on our tour of the Autumn Internationals is Georgia. Like many rugby teams, Georgia too have a ...
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The brain and language | Lingua Translations

Brain and language The benefits of speaking a foreign language are well-known. Communication with a wider audience can be achieved, ...
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The Pineapple Identity – Is English the odd one out?

Is English wrong? I was recently looking through the internet looking for interesting and albeit random things to write about ...
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Adventures in Legal Translation Services

I'm sure we have all found ourselves in a situation where the jargon in a document has made our heads ...
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Autumn Internationals – Fiji

Fiji Autumn Internationals Fiji is one of the few countries where Rugby Union is the main sport. Out of a ...
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Remembrance Day

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Sesame Street Day – 10th November

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The Autumn Internationals are back!

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Desk-jobs and how to stay healthy

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TRANSCREATION | TRANSCREACIÓN | TRANSCREACIÓ

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The survival of the Catalan language

The survival of the Catalan language According to data from 2012, Catalan language is now spoken by over 10 million ...
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Languages spoken in the UK

A staggering 28 different languages are spoken in the United Kingdom, and you would be hard pushed to name them ...
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Understanding HTML; the hidden aspect of website translation services.

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The language of the skies – Aviation English

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Language Translation in history: How it changed the world.

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Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder plot

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The Great British Bake Off

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Collins Dictionary confirms its word of the year.

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Day of the dead – 2nd November

DAY OF THE DEAD Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. Especially in the Central and ...
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Castanyada – Día de Todos los Santos

Castanyada The Castanyada is a Catalan folkloric festivity which is celebrated on the “Día de Todos los Santos”. All Saints’ ...
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The Origin of Pinch Punch – first of the month!

The Origin of Pinch Punch ...with a splash of White Rabbits Who doesn’t ‘Pinch Punch First of the Month’? It’s ...
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Flag Day

The fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America’s birthday. However today, the United States are going to celebrate their flag day, which was first created on June 14, 1777.

On that day the resolution read: “Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation. ”

 

The first celebration of the U.S. flag’s birthday was held in 1877 on the 100th anniversary of the flag resolution. However, it is believed that the first recognition of the flag’s birthday dates back to 1885, when the school teacher, BJ Cigrand, organised a group of Wisconsin school children to observe June 14. Cigrand is now known as “Father of Flag Day”.

The anniversary of the flag resolution was officially established by the proclamation of the President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. However, the flag day is not considered as an official federal holiday, except for New York and Pennsylvania, which on June 1937 became the first U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday. On the other side, New York statutes designate the second Sunday in June as Flag Day, a state holiday.

 

              Flag Day parade

 

The 68th Annual Appleton Flag Day Parade was held on June 9, 2018. Appleton Wisconsin, claims indeed to be the oldest National Flag Day Parade in the nation, which is held annually since 1950. Nevertheless the oldest one probably takes place in Fairfield, Washington, that began in 1909 or 1910.

This year the Appleton parade was preceded by a patriotic concert and flags were handed out along the Parade route one hour before the Parade began.

Nowadays, Parades do not only celebrate the flag. They are also to celebrate the army, honouring men and women that are serving the army forces and also veterans.

 

If today you feel the Americanism in the air, do not forget the Danish Day Flag tomorrow 15th of June!

 

Are you aware of your country’s Flag Day?

Here few examples:

 

 Italy: 7th of January

 England: 23rd of April

 Wales: 1st of March

 Scotland: 30th of November

 Romania: 26th of June

 Canada: 15th of February

 European Union: 9th of May

 Lithuania: 1st of January

 Moldova: 27th of April

 Norway: 17th of May

 Portugal: 1st of December

 Ukraine: 23rd of August