An exciting topic, which first begs the question "what is language?" According to linguists from the Leiden University in the Netherlands, language is a system of communication defined by three main characteristics: discrete infinity displacement joint attention, and as such is typical only of human beings. Discrete infinity means that language is made up of individual … Continue reading How many languages are there in the world?
The crux of every successful translation and human communication is how to accurately and effectively convey meaning. When the meaning intended by the speaker or by the producer of the text is not understood or interpreted correctly by the recipient of the message, communication breaks down and can even lead to conflict. But how is … Continue reading What is meaning?
Well, the time has come to say goodbye to 2015, and although it has not snowed yet, a flurry of multilingual wishes will soon descend upon the Earth. Let's hope for more peace and mutual understanding in 2016 (not least of all with the help of translators across the world), good health, prosperity and success … Continue reading Happy New Year… and many felicitous translations!
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Cross-cultural research focusing on Romania just became a whole lot more interesting with the publication of a new cognitive-experimental monograph by PhD Psychology professor Daniel David of the UBB Cluj. His book, aptly called "The Psychology Of The Romanian People" (Polirom, 2015) is full of thought-provoking revelations: for a nation, discrepancies between self-image and reality can lead … Continue reading Who we are vs. Who we think we are
Am aprobat draftul final al ghidului pentru proaspeţii imigranţi în Germania (sau pentru cei care intenţionează să facă acest pas), axat în special pe landul Bavaria pe care îl cunosc mai bine. Este o primă ediţie tipărită într-un interval scurt de timp (sub rezerva eventualelor omisiuni sau modificări ulterioare). În mare, temele abordate sunt următoarele: … Continue reading Scurt ghid pentru emigrarea în Germania – disponibil pe Amazon Europe
Salutare tuturor! În luna iunie voi împlini 12 ani de Germania. Ca atare, intenţionez să marchez evenimentul prin lansarea unor cursuri de adaptare la realităţile din Germania*, dedicate celor aflaţi la începuturile vieţii de emigrant sau care iau în considerare această variantă. Cursul de iniţiere va aborda, în principiu, următoarele teme: sosirea în Germania şi înscrierea la … Continue reading Consultanţă privind emigrarea în Germania – date, fapte, instituţii, cutume şi comunicare
Don't worry, I am not going to bore you with yet another foray into ISO Quality Management, DIN-Standards, TÜV or the like. But it still doesn't hurt to stay a little giddy (where's that glass of rosé?) for this (literally) serious topic. As you all probably know, a cultural standard is the specific and fairly … Continue reading The German Standard – Or Is It the Standard German?…
Well, recent research conducted by psychologists from the University of Chicago and Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona shows it can. How? What?! You have probably never doubted your own integrity to this extent before. Do we become different people when thinking about things in a foreign language? I don't know about that, but this research shows pretty conclusively … Continue reading Moral Relativity In A Foreign Language – Can it affect you?
Yes, as a matter of fact. Only it's probably not what you might be tempted to think. Ok, ok, so I used a pompous and controversial title to capture your attention and to stir your interest. Did it work? 😉 It's been a while since I first stumbled upon Dan Ariely and his extensive research … Continue reading Irrationality and Eastern Hospitality – Is There A Link?