July 24th, 2014

Jet Lagged

Anyone who has ever flown across more than 3 time zones is fully familiar with the travelers’ hangover: jet lag. Referred to medically as “desynchronosis,” jet lag is the disruption of our body’s natural clock or circadian rhythm. It can leave fliers fatigued, irritable, listless and can even result in headaches or – in the most extreme cases – cardiac complications. Thankfully, though – especially for your dear author who is recovering from a recent 12-hour time-jump – there are several things you can do during and after your flight to make the transition that bit smoother.

July 23rd, 2014

Taradiddle – Wacky Word Wednesday

Does magic actually exist or is it just childhood nonsense? Today’s Wacky Word Wednesday will help answer this tricky question through the great works of authors and writers from ancient times all the way to the 21st century.

Taradiddle

[tar-uh-did-l]

-noun

A small lie; a pretentious nonsense.

July 18th, 2014

In The News: Microsoft to Cut up to 18,000 Jobs, DataWind Raises $28 Million in IPO, China is the Biggest Spender on Mobile Ads

Hi everyone! T for Translation is back to get you up to speed with the news stories making headlines this week in the technology world. Read about Microsoft’s plans to cut 18,000 workers, the newly launched taxi app in Singapore and a new report showing that China is the world’s biggest spender on mobile ads.

July 17th, 2014

3D Printing—A glimpse into the 3D printed lifestyle

Technology is constantly evolving, and one recent innovation allows us to create things for ourselves, allowing for the possibility of designing and producing physical items in our own homes; it doesn’t get much better than that. What I’m talking about is 3D printing. Everyone has heard of it, and although you may not have thought about buying this kind of printer for your own home, you might want to reconsider.

July 16th, 2014

Erinaceous– Wacky Word Wednesday

Welcome back to Wacky Word Wednesday, a weekly celebration of the wackiest and most interesting words from all over the world. These days, pictures of cute small animals in all shapes and forms have become quite the internet phenomena. Today’s wacky word will invite you into the world of a prickly little friend who has recently found fame online.

Erinaceous

[er-uh-nay-shus]

-adj

Like or relating to the hedgehog

July 11th, 2014

In The News: Shanghai’s Most Expensive Homes, Chinese Lead Foreign Home Sales in US, Chinese Tycoon to Build New Chicago Skyscraper

This week in the news, a new report published by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that foreign purchases of US real estate jumped to 35 percent last year, with Chinese customers leading the way. China’s real estate mogul Wang Jianlin is also making big investments in the US, unveiling a plan this week to build a skyscraper in Chicago. Read on and get the latest real estate news from around the world.

July 10th, 2014

Traditional Chinese Medicine Translation Troubles

Across Europe and North America, there are millions who swear by acupuncture, massage, and herbal therapies – all traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) techniques. Although there are many schools in the West that aim to train qualified practitioners, few of them require knowledge of the Chinese language, leading to a somewhat incomplete understanding and appreciation of these time-honored Chinese healing arts. This week in T for Translation, we’ll explore why this is a problem and what can be done about it.

July 9th, 2014

Sialoquent – Wacky Word Wednesday

You will find it hard to believe that there is a word for almost every weird thing that people do. In today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, we will encounter a word that describes an embarrassing speaking habit: one that everyone suffers from from time to time, even if they wouldn’t want to admit it.

sialoquent

[sy-al-uh-kwent]

-adj

Spraying saliva when speaking.

July 4th, 2014

In The News: BMW to Invest $1B in Mexico, Uber Gains Approval in London, Mazda Poised to Beat Europe Sales Target

This week in the news, Germany’s BWM announced its plan to invest $1 billion in a new plant in Mexico, the taxi smartphone app Uber got the green light to continue operations legally in London and Japan’s most export-dependent car maker, Mazda, is hopeful to beat its European sales target this year. Read on and get the latest automotive news from around the world.

July 3rd, 2014

Science Lost in Translation

To navigate the ivory tower of academic publishing, the English language is an indispensable necessity. For non-native English speakers, that necessity means hours of language study or being shut out of international research efforts and being kept from making major scientific contributions. But as all language-learners know, linguistic study – particularly beyond the bounds of traditional school systems – comes at great cost, both in terms of time and treasure. Even those able to make the required commitment may never develop the specific cultural and linguistic understanding needed to craft convincing scientific arguments. Usually, a language service provider (LSP) would be the ideal choice. But again, those services are costly, especially when translators with very specialized backgrounds are required. In this week’s T for Translation, we’ll make the case that earmarking funds within research grants specifically for LSPs is worth the expense.