Author Archives: Richard Samson

Richard Samson

About Richard Samson

I’m a teacher living in Osona, Spain. I'm into tennis, dogs, and chickens. I’m also interested in translation and Moodle (well, digital tools for teaching, in general).

What’s your word of the year 2017?

北 It’s the end of the year and as usual various authorities will be announcing their “word of the year”. In fact, it’s already started. One of the large English dictionaries, Merriam-Webster, has just announced its choice. They have gone for … Continue reading

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Translating Harry Potter

This year 2017 has seen the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the first book in the Harry Potter saga, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which came out in June 1997. The series went on to break all records … Continue reading

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My life as an hermaphrodite

I recently read a novel with this curious title.  You may be thinking, as I did, why “an hermaphrodite”? Why not “a hermaphrodite? These questions lead to a more general inquiry. When is an initial “h” pronounced in English? If you are … Continue reading

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Normalising translation in film

At the end of this month the Trafilm conference will take place in Barcelona. Coinciding with this event, I decided to write this film-related post. I’m not the first, and I won’t be the last, to comment on the well-attested observation … Continue reading

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Open-access translation research journals

Today the latest issue of Parallèles,  the journal of research in translation and interpreting of the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting of the University of Geneva, came out. A brief look at the contents shows that there is something here for … Continue reading

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