For those of you who are interested in language or Chinese culture, in today’s entry you’ll learn about an ancient Chinese idiom used to accuse someone of taking a stupid or convoluted approach to a problem. Check it out! It’s pretty interesting stuff, if we do say so ourselves :)
In this week’s edition of Wacky Word Wednesday, you’ll learn about an epic historical battle that, erm… never really happened. But it’s rife with intrigue, good ol’-fashioned anthropomorphism, and of course an interesting term you can add to the list of words you use to show off at parties. Enjoy!
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 :)
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!
Check out the first edition of Wacky Word Wednesday, in which we discuss the word “Schadenfreude.” You ever heard of it? Stop on by and find out what it means! Also, if you’ve got good writing skills, you can enter our Wacky Word Contest for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate at Amazon.com. It’ll only take a few minutes, and it’s definitely worth your time.
The Chinese language has had an immense effect on culture, thought, and art in China. At our 2010 Worldwide Summit, CSOFT’s President and CEO hosted an art exhibit that explored the power of language through Chinese art, leading us to reflect on how we define ourselves as an industry, as an organization, and as people.