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7 New Year’s Eve Foods That Give You Luck

7 New Year’s Eve Foods That Give You Luck

This time of year is all about food! Yes! Because Christmas and New Year’s celebrations are full of traditional meals, desserts, and drinks to enjoy with family and friends and to celebrate the happiness of being together, we decided to come up with a list of 7 New Year’s Eve Foods That Give You Luck. Around the world, there is a common belief that certain foods can give you luck if you eat them at the right time. Also, there are many superstitions around New Year’s Eve. On New Year’s Eve, people believe that eating certain in a specific order will bring some luck, or help you to earn more money, travel or even find your soul mate. If you are the type of person that likes to do things for luck or if you are just curious about these superstitions.   What do you want for the New Year?     1. Do you want to have one wish for each month of the new year? Eat grapes: In countries like Spain, Mexico, and Venezuela, people believe that you should eat one grape for each of the 12 strikes during the final countdown on New Year’s Eve. If you do so, you will have one wish per month. Don’t miss the opportunity to receive one wish for each month of the coming new year!     2. Do you need good luck and positivity? Eat black-eyed peas: It is a believe that Hoppin’ John, as these peas are also referred to, bring prosperity in the New Year. The ingredients that you use to prepare them represent money, positivity, and...
Students, make use of your status and check our list of useful programs

Students, make use of your status and check our list of useful programs

Free and useful programs for students Make use of your student status Dear students, In many countries a new semester is about to start or has already started. We want to share some tips on how to save money during your studies. Many companies provide special offers to students. We will list a few programs that can help you boost your productivity and support you while studying, and also some programs to relieve the stress of being a student. To confirm, we are not sponsored by any of these websites, programs or companies. The purpose of this post is mainly to inform you about these opportunities to save money. Some of the listed programs/offers may vary depending on your location. Do some research in your local area. Be aware, some of the listed programs are only free for a certain period of time (e.g. 6 month free trail and afterward you get a 50% discount) or they are free until you finish your studies. They will tell you that you are able to cancel at any given time, but make sure to check for hidden conditions. Ask your university as well if they have any arrangements. Getting work done Office 365 We would like to begin with the package of programs that become the standard for every student, no matter what you are studying. Office 365 includes Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and more. You can use these programs on any of your registered devices. You simply need to enter your student e-mail address. Go here for further information. Cold Turkey To avoid getting distracted when you have to prepare...
5 Magical Christmas Markets Around the World

5 Magical Christmas Markets Around the World

Christmas Markets It’s only November but Christmas is already here! There are many Christmas traditions that we love but Christmas markets are one of our favourites. Christmas markets are special markets that are held during Christmas time. This tradition is an important part of Christmas around the world. These are not just markets, they are outdoor events. At these markets you can find gifts, seasonal food, souvenirs, clothes, and many other things. The markets are a good opportunity for small businesses and individuals to sell their products. They are also the perfect place to enjoy Christmas activities such as parades and live music. Full of Christmas lights and decorations, Christmas markets are the best way to start the season while preparing yourself for the happiest days of the year. Take a ride with us to get to know some of the most magical and beautiful Christmas markets around the world. These are sure to get you in the holiday mood! 1. Frankfurt Christmas Market, Germany: This market is one of the largest and oldest in Germany. It is located at Honey House in St. Paul’s Square. Every year, this 300-year-old building is especially booked for the market. The building, along with the decorations and the environment, create the perfect setting for Christmas shopping. It awakens the Christmas spirit in the heart of all visitors. Besides the Christmas lights and decorations that it shares with all others Christmas markets around the world, it includes some features special to Germany: delicious sausages, a wide variety of beer, and many products derived from honey. There are special attractions for kids and lots...
Challenges of Moving Abroad

Challenges of Moving Abroad

Things you should know (and research about) beforehand Thinking of moving abroad can be scary for most people. To begin with, you don’t really know where to start. Also, you never know what’s coming ahead. Whether you are moving on your own, or for work, being organized and planning is a must to make your experience a good one. You should start by researching the country you are moving to. Keep reading to know our Challenges of Moving Abroad list. Why move abroad I am a Venezuelan-Italian woman. I lived in Venezuela most of my life, although I grew up exposed to the best of both cultures, languages, and traditions. Since I was little, my biggest dream was to live somewhere in Europe. Despite the fact that I grew up thinking of moving abroad, little did I know that moving to Switzerland would change my life so much. I did some research before moving there, but I went without a job or language training, so trying to start a new life in a new place was a real challenge! Things you should consider when moving abroad: Yes, moving abroad makes you feel out of place, without a safe ground, emotionally speaking, for quite a bit. Whether you are living on your own or moving with family or friends, the feeling of being alone accompanies you most of your day. Things get better as you settle. Use your free time to do something useful regarding your stay. Family and friends. Moving abroad means you leave your life, including family and friends, behind. Luckily, you can stay connected with them with all...
Translation Problematics

Translation Problematics

This is why translation tools will never get the job done properly Differences: without them translating would be less interesting In our previous post we talked about the basics regarding translating and have a brief introduction to the occurring problematic. In this post, we’d like to talk about cultural differences. In one of our earlier posts, we covered the fact that there are different dialects, connotations and denotations in any given language. There are also differences in sayings, cultural presuppositions, writing and many more aspects, so a direct translation (1-1) becomes impossible. Therefore, the translator can’t preserve all the little components of meaning when transferring the source text into the target language. Here are some examples If you have a scene in a movie or a book that is written in French and there is a part where someone speaks Canadian French, a French-speaking person might grasp this particular context but a non-French speaker will not.  When you translate this scenario into English, you have to choose some kind of a dialect that delivers the desired differences. Another example could be translating a metaphor which does not exist in the target language. Now the translator has to decide if s/he describes the image, or if s/he goes for a more literal translation, or maybe there is a solution where you could use a completely different image which still delivers the same meaning. The cultural aspect Cultural aspects are sometimes hard to understand if you haven’t had any first-hand experiences with that culture before. Facial expressions and gestures can mean the complete opposite of what you are used to. One...
Latin American Halloween

Latin American Halloween

Latin American Halloween People around the world celebrate Halloween, although, it is not so popular in some places. For example, Latin American Halloween, is not as huge as it is in North America. Halloween is a holiday that many people in Latin America do not know a lot about. In the US and Canada, Halloween is the second most important holiday after Christmas. The traditions around Halloween include decorating houses, trick-and-treating, wearing costumes, and throwing parties. Contrary to the huge celebration in North America, the equivalent celebration in Latin America is very low profile. Except for some countries, in which these festivities have a strong spiritual meaning, like Mexico and Peru. Let’s learn in which Latin American Countries people celebrate Halloween and in which they do not. Time to party? Who celebrates Halloween? Halloween celebrations in Latin America have increased over the years. Lately, the nature of the celebration and traditions of American Halloween has been traveling to Latin America. In some places like Chile, Mexico, Panama, Bolivia, and Colombia, the celebration is similar to the one in North America. In these countries, people go around wearing costumes, asking for candy and partying.  They may even carve pumpkins and decorate their houses. These American Halloween traditions have invaded the last days of October in these Latin American countries. People, especially kids, enjoy these traditions and celebrations, and in particular, the candies that come with them. Despite this, Halloween as we know it is not yet part of Latin American culture. The celebration of Latin American Halloween is even smaller than the one for Valentine’s Day. Who doesn’t celebrate it?...
10 Amazing Latin American Movies

10 Amazing Latin American Movies

Latin American Films A movie portrays how someone perceives the world, and in turn, educates us about the culture of the place where it was made. Lately, we have been hearing a lot about Latin American cinematography and the Latin American way of doing cinema. Full of political and religious content combined with a colloquial approach, Latin American movies typically focus on the strong religious ties of their people or criticism towards politics and politicians. However, these are not the only topics that may be addressed. In just one Latin American movie, you can find comedy, horror, drama, mystery, and so on. Clearly, the way they tell their stories is unique; they know how to make you laugh, how to be serious, how to give you the creeps, and certainly how to make you cry. In this top ten you will find Latin American movies worth watching that represent their respective countries in their own unique way. Let’s take a tour! 1. Frida (2002, Mexico): This movie tells the story of Frida Kahlo, a Mexican artist whose life was full of tragedy and beauty. Due to the use of colour and music as cinematographic elements it introduces you to Mexican society, culture, traditions, and values. Frida will take you to Mexico while entertaining you with a really great plot.   2. Maria Full of Grace / María, llena eres de gracia (2004, Colombia): The tragic journey of a young woman with money problems. She takes the first opportunity to earn and ends up involved in the Colombian drug traffic industry, gaining many more problems than when she began. Do you want to...
Challenges that come up when translating, can anyone handle them?

Challenges that come up when translating, can anyone handle them?

Challenges for translators, why translation can’t be done by just anyone Breaking the myth that everyone can be a translator In a past blog we tried to define the essence of the word “translation” in simple terms. At its core, “translation” is the transfer of a message from one language to another, but there is much more to the process. It is a highly demanding activity that requires a lot of research and preparation. To start, we have a pair of languages, one the “source” text and one the “target” text. The source is the language in which the original message is written and the target is the one you translate it to. Now we can begin… Challenges in translation First it is important to know that there is more than just one type of translation. Each type attends to the different communicative needs that we have in our lives. Among the types of translation that exist, we have: legal translation, academic translation, scientific translation, audiovisual translation, technical translation, and so on. Understanding the type of translation is the first challenge in translating a written text. To get a proper translation by translator contact us. The second challenge is figuring out the purpose of the translated text, which affects the format, vocabulary, word choice, and level of research required in order to be prepared. This leads us to the third challenge, the topic of the written text to be translated. This is the one of the biggest hurdles of the job. Depending on the topic, the vocabulary and format of the text will vary. There are other exceptional cases,...
The Word on the Street Festival

The Word on the Street Festival

The Word on the Street Festival During the month of September, Canada is the host of The Word on the Street Festival, which celebrates and promotes Canadian literature, reading, writing, and literacy. It was held for the first time on September 30, 1990 in Toronto. Attendance was surprisingly good and the event quickly became an important event nation-wide. Nowadays it is celebrated in Halifax, Toronto, Saskatoon, and Lethbridge, and there is also a preview event held in Kitchener. It is the largest literary festival in Canada. Get further information here. Who attends this Festival? Every year, authors, publishers and readers from all over Canada and even from other countries come to The Word on the Street. The festival provides opportunities for authors to promote their work, sign books, do readings, and attend meet and greets.  It is also an opportunity for people to meet their favorite authors, buy new books, and celebrate literature and literacy. The festival attracts people of all ages and interests. There, you can find different types of literary material, such as books and magazines, and any genre, such as poetry and fiction. This is a win-win situation for authors, readers and publishers. What makes this Festival so amazing? Besides the obvious attraction, the books, you will also find a bunch of activities that will catch your attention and entertain you. You can attend authors’ events such as book signings, giveaways, and conferences. You can also enjoy presentations as part of the Spoken Word Showcase that includes a Q&A at the end to get to know the poets and their stories. On the other hand, if...
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...