In celebration of International Translation Day, we want to honor and highlight the achievements of Chiara Conte, the Chief Italian Linguist at CSOFT. In this featured interview, Melissa Taing and Chiara enjoy a lively conversation about translation, including misconceptions about translators’ work, and what makes the difference between a good translator and a GREAT translator.
In this week’s edition of Wacky Word Wednesday we discuss the word “Callipygian.” It was originally used to refer to a slightly risqué statue of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. But we’re not going to ruin the surprise — so go ahead and check it out 🙂
The Mid-Autumn Festival has arrived in China. Like the Qixi Festival, it’s yet another celebration of bitter-sweet love. Why do Chinese people like to celebrate unhappy lovers? We can’t say for sure. All we know is that, whenever the Mid-Autumn Festival comes around, you get to eat moon cakes, drink, and star-gaze — and that’s good enough for us.
The fourth issue of “Your Own Terms,” the biweekly comic about Sir Terminus: Crusader of Logic, Manly Valor, and Multilingual Terminology Management. In this week’s issue, Terminus helps a coworker standardize their glossary with a –let’s just say– “unusual” method of file conversion.
Check out this week’s edition of Wacky Word Wednesday, in which we discuss our favorite Briticism, “jiggery-pokery.” Not only is it fun to say, but it has a cool etymology as well. Stop on by and let everyone know what kind of jiggery-pokery you’ve been up to lately, you scalawag.
In his debut post on “Simply CSOFT,” guest blogger Robert Derbyshire discusses the trials and tribulations of a native English speaker learning Chinese in China. Then he gets all philosophical and talks about the Platonic implications of engaging in battles of language dominance. Stop by and check it out!