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Aphasia featured on TV | Lingua Translations

Published 21st November 2017

Aphasia featured on TV What would happen if all of the sudden you lost the ability to speak your mother tongue? Can you imagine trying to communicate but not being able to? Aphasia is a communication disorder that results from damage to the parts of the brain that contain language (typically in the left hemisphere). The most common cause of aphasia is stroke, though it can also be caused by tumors or head trauma. Do you remember the show Lost? On season six, one of the characters suffers from aphasia. Sun, who is bilingual and speaks English and Korean, runs off, however, she bumps her head on a low branch and falls unconscious. Upon awakening, she realizes she can no longer speak English. She has the ability to understand the language but is only able to answer in Korean. The second season of the TV show House M.D. features a patient who suffers from aphasia. Reporter Fletcher Stone collapses and hits his head on a desk while making a farewell speech for his retiring boss. When he wakes up shortly after, he’s is talking nonsense, while he believes he’s talking and writing normally. He is later diagnosed with both aphasia …

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According to the database Ethnologue, there are 6909 living languages in the world. An immense number. This includes those, which some people (myself included) might have considered as dialects but which are given language status in the Ethnologue and other publications. Whilst working at Lingua Translations I have been able to interact with translators and interpreters of many languages but also dialects. As a student of Italian I have come to realise just how varied Italian is across Italy. Although I was aware of the different dialects throughout the country, it wasn’t until recently that I realised some of these dialects are considered, by some, as languages in their own right. Take Lombard for example, it is considered by official standards to be an Italian dialect but in the Ethnologue publication it is listed as a language. It is the same for the majority of dialects in Italy, despite the fact that many of them are not immediately recognisable as being related to Italian. So what is the difference between a dialect and a language? Perhaps the most obvious categorisation is size. Dialects are viewed as smaller subcategories of larger languages. So, Italian is made up of the standard version, …

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The Military Alphabet | Lingua Translations

Published 20th November 2017

The Military Alphabet   Many people know the military alphabet, maybe not all of it, but a fair few of them! From my time working in a government office, you need to know this alphabet. This alphabet does differ a bit from the American one. In America, Sierra can be someone’s name: Ciara. So, they may use Sugar instead of Sierra. Guessing they are not overly fond of the work Yankee either, so they tend to use Yellow. A few days my husband ‘mocked’ me for spelling my name like this. ‘J for Juliet, U for Uniform, L for Lima, I for India, A for Alfa. He reminded me that my name is technically Julia, so why not J for Julia, not Juliet. Well… that sounds crazy to me! It’s always J for Juliet! If not, I might as well as be Phoebe! “P as in Phoebe H as in hoebe O as in oebe E as in ebe B as in b-be and E as in… ‘ello there, mate!” Granted, this is amazing! And I wish I had the guts to stand there and say my name like that, but I have been trained in the military alphabet, not …

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Día de la Revolución – Mexican Revolution

Published 20th November 2017

Today, over 200 years ago, the Mexican Revolution began. Conflict began on 20th of November 1910, with an uprising led by Francisco I. Madero against long time autocrat Profirio Diaz, and lasted for the best part of a decade until around 1920. Over time the revolution changed from a revolt against the established orders to a civil war. This conflict is often categorized as the most important socio-political event in Mexico and one of the greatest upheavals of the 20th century. The predecendants of the conflict refer to the situation in Mexico under President Diaz, who headed the country’s exercise of dictatorial manner. This situation lasted for another 30 years, during which Mexico experienced significant economic growth and political stability. During the first 20th century several crises broke out; reflecting the growing discontent in some sectors under the power of Diaz. In 1911 new elections were held and Francisco I. Madero was elected as president. From the beginning of his mandate there were differences amongst revolutionary leaders, which provoked the uprising of Zapata and Orozco against the Maderista government. In 1913 there was a coup. The military uprising ended with the assassination of Madero. We do not know the exact …

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Chinese Whisper with Google Translate

Published 17th November 2017

Chinese whisper anyone?   A little while ago we wanted to see how reliable google translate was, especially when it came to back translation. Our resident Spaniard wanted to test Google on two Spanish phrases and see what happens when you put it through their back translation.   Take a look! Example 1: To prefer what one is accustomed to From what it should’ve said: ‘To prefer what one is accustomed to’, to ‘Peeling the mountain goat’… That’s rather impressive! Not many would link those two together. Example 2: To flee hastily At least with this one, its on the same topic. This ones goes from ‘To flee hastily’ to ‘Running away from my legs helps me’. The end translation doesn’t make much sense though! Surely you can’t run away from your legs…. and surely that would not help you! As you can see the back translations are very far from the originals! That’s the case with Chinese Whisper… its starts correctly, but after being passed around it becomes something completely different. We know that Google Translate is a wonderful tool that so many people use, but you really should not relay on it in its current format. Idioms, similes, …

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New Zealand and the Autumn Internationals

Published 17th November 2017

New Zealand The last of our Autumn International anthems is the Kiwis, the all blacks and the triple world champions. When you think of Rugby, you think of New Zealand. Go anywhere in the world… whether rugby is played there or not, and they will know about the All Blacks. They will also know a bit about the Haka. We wrote about the Haka a few months ago for the Lions tour of New Zealand… you should check it out! New Zealand Rugby team was founded in 1884 and played their first international test match against the Aussies in 1903. From the start the Kiwis were a force to be reckoned with. In 1905 they went on a tour of Europe and North America, playing 34 games (5 of them were test matches) and lost once! It was this year they were given the nickname the All Blacks as their strip was completely black besides a silver fern emblem. Strong competition In the 100 odd years of playing Rugby they have faced 19 nations. Over that time only 6 of those countries have ever recorded a win against them. How impressive is that?! New Zealand have been 1st in the …

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Japan and the Autumn Internationals

Published 17th November 2017

Japan National Rugby Union Team   Like a lot of our teams, Japan too has a nickname. The Brave Blossoms. Rugby has been played in Japan since 1866, with universities creating teams by the turn of the 20th century. Japan recorded their first victory in 1932 against Canada and are known as the strongest Rugby union power in Asia.   Japan have been in all 6 of the World Cups. Although the Brave Blossoms are a second-tier team they have knocked a few teams off their high pedestals. In 1971 they narrowly lost to England 6-3! They closest they have ever come to beating the English. In 1989 Japan recorded their first victory against Scotland. Japan then beat Wales in 2003 with a thumping 23-8 score line! But these almost victories and victories are nothing compared to their 2015 win. Arguably the biggest upset in Rugby Union. Japan beat the Springboks 34-32… That’s right, the two-time champions South Africa…. Impressed? You can thank Eddie Jones the coach for bringing the team together to bring us that magical match. On a sour note though, Japan became the first ever team to win 3 out of 4 games in the pool stage …

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Australia and the Autumn Internationals

Published 16th November 2017

Australia The Wallabies – one of the most successful Rugby nations out there. Australia have been playing rugby since 1899 and have been rather dominant in the sport. The Wallabies have competed in all 8 Rugby World Cups, winning in 1991 in Twickenham and 1999 at the Millennium Stadium. They have also appeared in 4 out of 8 finals. They were close to making it 3 world cups in 2003 when they were in the final against England at home. Thanks to a late drop goal from Jonny Wilkinson, they were denied the 3rd title. Why the Wallabies? Well couldn’t get out-done by the All Blacks! At the start of the 20th Century, the English press dubbed New Zealand the All Blacks after a tour down under. It was suggested that Australia ought to have a nickname as well. The original idea was the rabbits – but the Aussies deemed rabbits an imported pest, and opted for the native Wallaby instead. It stuck, and thank God it did! The Wallabies sound a lot better than the Rabbits. Australia are one of the 4 teams in the Rugby Championship (4 Nations). They were the 2nd most successful team in the 15 …

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Beaujolais day

Published 16th November 2017

Beaujolais day Beaujolais day…. Is it just Swansea that celebrates it after all? Beaujolais nouveau day is a day to celebrate the first harvest of Gamay Grapes that makes the Beaujolais wine from the Burgundy region of France. It normally happens on the 3rd Thursday of November, which is 16th November this year. The wine is produced, bottled and released within a few weeks of the harvest. Beaujolais nouveau will taste different year after year, depending on the weather the region had. Due to the quick fermentation process, the wine does not have the depth and structure of other wines but is fresh, fruity and can have tones of cherry, strawberry and raspberry. It’s not known as a well-established wine due to the speed it takes to get the drink produced. Nevertheless, Swansea celebrate this wine above all others. So, what’s the hype then Swansea?? I have lived in France, and knew nothing of this day. Clearly someone somewhere in France must be celebrating it outside of the Beaujolais region! It wasn’t until I moved to Swansea that I noticed half the city has the day off to attend this event. Beaujolais day is something you book for months in …

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Wernicke’s Area | Área de Wernicke

Published 15th November 2017

Wernicke’s area It is well known that the brain is a complex organ that controls all functions of the body. Since the late nineteenth century, Wernicke’s area is considered to be one of the two parts of the cerebral cortex linked to speech. It was first described by German neurologist Carl Wernicke. This area is involved in the comprehension of written and spoken language. It is located in the posterior third of the upper temporal convolution of the left hemisphere of the brain. Thus, it lies close to the auditory cortex.   Wernicke’s area is connected to another brain region called Broca’s area, which is involved in language processing. This area controls the functions involved with speech production. These two brain areas together enable us to speak, interpret, process and understand spoken and written language. Wernicke’s area functions include: Language Comprehension Semantic Processing Language Recognition Language Interpretation   Individuals with damage affecting their Wernicke’s area can develop a condition called Wernicke’s aphasia or fluent aphasia. These individuals experience difficulties comprehending language and communicating ideas. They are able to speak words and form sentences that are grammatically correct, however, the sentences do not make sense. They may include unrelated words or words …

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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 tongue? Can you imagine trying to communicate but not being able to? Aphasia is a communication disorder that results from damage to the parts of the brain that contain language (typically in the left hemisphere). The most common cause of aphasia is stroke, though it can also be caused by tumors or head trauma. Do you remember the show Lost? On season six, one of the characters suffers from aphasia. Sun, who is bilingual and speaks English and Korean, runs off, however, she bumps her head on a low branch and falls unconscious. Upon awakening, she realizes she can no longer speak English. She has the ability to understand the language but is only able to answer in Korean. The second season of the TV show House M.D. features a patient who suffers from aphasia. Reporter Fletcher Stone collapses and hits his head on a desk while making a farewell speech for his retiring boss. When he wakes up shortly after, he’s is talking nonsense, while he believes he’s talking and writing normally. He is later diagnosed with both aphasia …

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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 some people (myself included) might have considered as dialects but which are given language status in the Ethnologue and other publications. Whilst working at Lingua Translations I have been able to interact with translators and interpreters of many languages but also dialects. As a student of Italian I have come to realise just how varied Italian is across Italy. Although I was aware of the different dialects throughout the country, it wasn’t until recently that I realised some of these dialects are considered, by some, as languages in their own right. Take Lombard for example, it is considered by official standards to be an Italian dialect but in the Ethnologue publication it is listed as a language. It is the same for the majority of dialects in Italy, despite the fact that many of them are not immediately recognisable as being related to Italian. So what is the difference between a dialect and a language? Perhaps the most obvious categorisation is size. Dialects are viewed as smaller subcategories of larger languages. So, Italian is made up of the standard version, …

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