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The 10 best books that will awake your interest in reading

The 10 best books that will awake your interest in reading

10 books that will awake your interest in reading! Can books compete with today’s technology? With today’s modern technology, people seem to have lost interest in reading… well, books anyway. When it comes to books it is necessary to have more than a good story to catch readers. The books in this list have a good story, exceptional characters, a fluid narrative, plus that something special, in some cases magical, that it takes to make you read until the very end and wish there were more pages. Here is a list of ten books that can awake your interest in reading no matter how old or young you are. 1. Harry Potter (the series) by J.K. Rowling It is almost 100% certain that you have, at least, heard of Harry Potter. If you’ve heard that Harry Potter is just for kids, and believed it, rethink that. This book series is full of magic and values which will surprise you. Rowling weaves an amazing plot and you will marvel at the depth of the fictional world she has created.   2. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery The story of a dreamy girl that teaches us that with a good attitude, a smile, and a little bit of imagination, we can face anything that may befall us.   3. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown Brown has a talent for keeping you on the edge of your chair, reading as fast as you can to find out what’s going to happen with his characters, and this book is no exception. A fictional story full of adventures and technology that...
How to go from an amateur translator to a professional translator

How to go from an amateur translator to a professional translator

A Translator’s Tale Once Upon a Time… …there were translators. But they were translation students or amateur translators. We’re sure you’re familiar with that feeling of not being good enough and fearing that you won’t find work. Many of us are told during our studies that the world of translation is difficult and cold. Some professors even say that we’d be better off becoming language teachers or finding other work because it is impossible to make ends meet working as a translators. This mix of pessimism and closing doors makes amateur translators feel lost and helpless. However, opportunities exist and once you find one, you will discover that the world of translation is very rewarding­. You will find wonderful colleagues who will share your interests. You’ll realize how cool it is to always keep learning through the texts you translate. This is something they don’t teach you during your translation degree. Decisions of Translators The biggest, scariest question for amateur translators or for translators who just finished a degree (or master’s degree) is “so what now?” Let’s walk in an amateur translator’s shoes for a moment. You finish your degree knowing that there are much more experienced translators than you in the labour market. Two things can happen at this point: you are determined to thrive as a professional translator from the very beginning, or you keep studying to gain more experience. Many translation students decide to complete a master’s degree, which gives them one or two more (safe) years to make up their minds on what they want to do in the future. Nonetheless, the master’s degree comes...
The 10 most popular places in the world on Instagram

The 10 most popular places in the world on Instagram

Popular places in the world on Instagram Summer is here and it’s time for you to book your holidays. If you want to make your followers jealous, here are the 10 most popular places in the world on Instagram. Let’s be honest, when we are on holidays we try to take our best photos to send it to family, friends and colleagues and show them how lucky we are to be travelling. Even if you are not a real photographer, taking a good photo in any of these beautiful places would be easy! Are you ready to hit “like”? Disneyland, California, United States Disneyland, California, United States This is the classic dream spot where everyone including children and adults should go at least once. It’s no surprise that Mickey wins first place!  Eiffel Tower, Paris, France Eiffel Tower, Paris, France The quintessential romantic place. Paris and the beautiful Lady Eiffel are a dream come true!  Walt Disney World, Orlando, United States Walt Disney World, Orlando, United States Another Walt Disney Park in the top three. The house of Mickey is definitely the place to go!  South Beach, Miami, United States South Beach, Miami, United States Nicknamed SoBe, South Beach is a trendy destination that mixes beach, party and art deco.  Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany This is a very emotional place. The Berlin Wall was built to separate East and West during the WW2 and was destroyed in 1980.  Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, United States Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, United States Look at all those lights! The Vegas Strip is home to the craziest...
Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday With Us!

Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday With Us!

What Is Canada Day? Happy Birthday Canada! Happy birthday Canada! Did you know that Canada is 150 years old this year? Want to celebrate this huge event? Let’s learn about this nation and how to celebrate Canada Day! 150 Years for Canada To start, a little bit of history. If you are a proud Canadian you can skip this part as you probably already know your fabulous country’s story, but for those of you who are curious, here are some interesting facts that will help you understand why Canada Day is so important! If you think that 150 years is very young for a country then you are right! Of course, in reality, the country is much older. For thousands of years prior to European colonization, indigenous peoples inhabited what is now known as Canada. Beginning in the 16th century, British and French claims were made on the area, with the colony of Canada first being established by the French in 1535 during Jacques Cartier’s second voyage to New France. Due to various conflicts, Great Britain gained and lost territories within British North America until the late 18th century when it was left with what comprises Canada’s today geographically. On July 1, 1867, the unification of Canada was solidified and so formed the Canada we all know and love. Since this date, Canada Day is the national day of celebration. A federal statutory holiday, Canadians celebrate the anniversary of the July 1, 1867 enactment of the Constitution which united three separate colonies, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada. Originally called Dominion Day,...
The Cannes International Film Festival

The Cannes International Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival The Cannes Film Festival is a yearly event which showcases new films and documentaries from all over the world. It is celebrated in Cannes, France, and is attended by international producers, actors, actresses and stars. This year was the 70th anniversary celebration. The festival has had a big impact not only in the film industry, but also in other areas like the media and translation industries. The place where all stories meet The Cannes Film Festival represents an opportunity for filmmakers from all over the world to meet in one place and to exchange their cultures and experiences. The festival is a window to the world,  allowing a country’s customs and traditions to be showcased by its own filmmakers on the big screen for a wide audience. One of the most important aspects of the festival is the principle of equality, not that we are all the same, but that even with our differences in culture, history and language, we are all equal members of the world community. Cannes Film Festival provides an opportunity for all countries to establish their own cinema and in turn, celebrate the culture and history of their respective countries. Two industries join hands For the translation industry, films and documentaries represent a huge field of work and are an interesting and fun part of the job. The Cannes Film Festival provides amazing opportunities in translation, subtitling, and dubbing into a full range of languages. It is a win-win situation in that both translators and filmmakers benefit and profit from this activity. If a film is available in a large range of...
A Cock Story by a Russian Translator

A Cock Story by a Russian Translator

A Cock Story Learning a new language is always a challenge, especially when words can mean two completely different things. Here is a “cock” story by one of our Russian translators about an experience he had while learning English in college. My lifelong passion for languages began in the Soviet high school, where I was, according to my English teacher, the best student in her three-year experience. That didn’t necessarily mean I could string two words together by myself, but I would diligently do my homework and vigorously raise my hand during her classes. Little did she know that my linguistic zeal was driven, more than anything, by my being innocently mesmerized with her inner and outer beauty. More with the latter than the former. The Learning Two years on, in the summer of 1991, the Soviet Union broke apart, and I was now a college freshman in the newly independent Uzbekistan. I was studying to be a translator/interpreter between English, Russian and Uzbek. Those were not the easiest times to study a foreign language: information and materials were scarce, there was no access to communication with native speakers and, of course, no such thing as the Internet. My faculty had a modest library where you could find most classic novels and a very limited number of audio recordings spoken by BBC newscasters and such. Needless to say, there was no taking them home, so I would spend endless hours in the library practicing my listening and comprehension. One thing I had no way of knowing at the time was the fact that my decades-old textbooks and dictionaries presented...
The Advantages Of Being Bilingual

The Advantages Of Being Bilingual

What are the advantages of being bilingual?   “Bilingualism is the ability to speak or write fluently in 2 languages.” – The Canadian Encyclopedia In Canada, being bilingual is more common than in other countries due to the two official languages: French and English. Canadian instructions on food packaging at the supermarket, and signs around the city, are generally written in both French and English. However, speaking, writing, thinking or dreaming in more than one language could be blown because of the constant activity of the brain. So what are the real advantages of being bilingual? Boost of cognitive performance Many scientists that study linguistic development talk about “the bilingual advantage”. When a bilingual person is forced to solve a conflict, he/she will think in 2 languages, which flexes the cognitive muscles. This improves the working memory and one’s ability to switch attention from one thing to another. Multi-tasking The most specialized scientist in bilingualism is Dr. Ellen Bialystok, Rotman Research Institute Associate Scientist, Professor of Psychology at Toronto’s York University, and Officer of the Order of Canada since 2016. Her research shows that bilinguals are better than monolinguals at tasks that require controlling several goals in mind at once, such as multi-tasking and avoiding distraction during tasks. Read more about Dr. Bialystok’s research here. Improved linguistic skills When you are already bilingual it’s easier to become multilingual. Your brain is already trained to learn new words and to switch quickly between different languages. Scientists have proven that bilinguals have better listening and communication skills than monolinguals. Protects against Alzheimer’s disease Between 2008 and 2010, Dr. Ellen Bialystok wrote...
A Travelling Birthday Song

A Travelling Birthday Song

Birthday Song Have you ever wondered how your birthday would be celebrated in other countries? For example, which song do you sing if you are in a Spanish-speaking country? Well, each Spanish-speaking country has a different birthday song. The birthday celebration itself is more or less the same everywhere: gifts, party, food, and of course, a birthday cake! And along with a birthday cake there is always a birthday song and candles! The Song The song is important and represents the main purpose of the birthday party: to celebrate the birthday boy or girl. Even though birthday customs in Spanish-speaking countries are pretty similar, the song that is sung will vary. Replacing the “Happy Birthday To You” song characteristic of Anglo-Saxon countries, the Spanish countries range from “Las Mañanitas” in Spain and Mexico to a 10-minute song in Venezuela, and each song carries unique cultural differences. Most of the songs are full of good wishes and blessings, and the way they are sung also reflects the country’s culture and customs. For example, in Mexico the guests sing “Las Mañanitas” and then the birthday boy or girl bites the cake and pushes his or her face into the cake as a joke. In Venezuela, guests sing “Ay que noche tan preciosa”, a song that can last for up to 10 minutes because people say funny things and they repeat parts several times to make fun of the birthday boy or girl. In Paraguay, the guests slap the back of the birthday boy or girl with their hands at the end of the song, and in Chile, the birthday boy or...
British Accents | Dialects and Accents in the UK

British Accents | Dialects and Accents in the UK

Accents in the UK Are you from a non-English-speaking country and want to move to the United Kingdom? If you are and you have decided to go, you need to be aware of all the different British accents. Check out our article about how you can recognize British accents and get familiar with the different dialects and accents in the UK. English as a second language I am from Spain and in my country, when we are in school, we learn English as a second language. The English we learn is the general English (Received Pronunciation English) and many of us believe that this type of accent is the only one that exists in the UK. Then when we move to the UK for work or study, we realize that we were wrong. Depending on where you go, people speak with many different English accents. Check out our English voiceover services. We work with voiceover artists who record native British, American and Canadian accents. In the south, you will find the Received Pronunciation English, Cockney, estuary English and West Country. Further out, you find the Midlands English and Welsh English. And in the north, you will find the Northern England English, Geordie accent and Scottish English accent. Received Pronunciation English Currently I am living in the north, in Leeds to be precise, and I would like to point out the differences between the Northern English and the Received Pronunciation English. The Northern England English is spoken in the area of Manchester, Leeds, York and Liverpool. The features of this accent are: Non-rhoticity, except in some rural areas. The diphthong in words...
The Best Translation Apps For Travelers

The Best Translation Apps For Travelers

The Best Translation Apps For Travelers While travelling, understanding people, directions, signs or restaurant menus is not easy if you do not really speak the local language. To obtain quick help in these cases we often use translation apps on our smartphones. Here are the best translation apps selected by LingoStar to ensure you easy travel. Google Translate With over 90 languages in its database, Google Translate is the translation app from the Californian giant Google. The app gives you several ways to enter a word or a phrase: typing, drawing with your finger, speaking through the microphone, or using your camera to take a photo of what you want to translate. The app is free and can be downloaded on Android and iOS; you can also use the browser version on your computer. Here for iOS download Here for Android download Pros: You can easily switch between languages Ability to use your camera for translations History of your translations Cons: Can be inaccurate with long texts or phrases Some languages are not very accurate iTranslate iTranslate is one of the easiest-to-use translation apps on the market due to the simplicity of its interface. Like Google Translate, the app has over 90 languages in its database and you can type or speak to get your translation. In its premium version ($5) you can type in long texts, use voice commands, and get rid of ads. A plus is that you can share your translation with somebody else via text message or social media. The app is available on Android and iOS in free and premium versions. Here for iOS...