Category Archives: English

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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Growing up with languages

There are increasingly more language schools offering language classes for children starting as early as ages 2 and 3. The school system has also increasingly advanced the starting age of foreign language learning (from ages 11-12 to 7-8 and even … Continue reading

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Simposi. Jane Austen, dos-cents anys després

Victòria Alsina, autora del llibre Llengua i estilística en la narrativa de Jane Austen. Les traduccions al català, publicat l’any 2008 per Eumo Editorial (col·lecció Biblioteca de Traducció i Interpretació), en el pròleg descrivia de la següent manera la bona … Continue reading

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An obsession with English

It has become increasingly common in Catalonia, as part of our international outlook, to include messages in English in corporate discourse. In some cases English has even displaced Spanish and Catalan completely, becoming the sole language for marketing of the … Continue reading

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