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How to Make Things Easier for Your Customers

There’s something that many businesses overlook: making things as straightforward as possible. If things are easy for them to make their purchase and interact with your company, then you’ll have created a positive customer experience, which will ensure that they turn to your business in...

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How To Diversify Your Business

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay  When it comes to growing your business, one of the best ways to do this is to diversify. People often forget about this and focus on continuing to do what they do and just trying to get more business. However,...

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How Parents Learn To Act On Their Worries

As your children are growing older, they start to experiment more and more and define new boundaries. As a result, for parents, it can be worrying to manage teenagers. Teenagers are prone to develop their independence, which means they could be taking risks without their...

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7 Books Every Aspiring Translator Should Read

Learning doesn’t begin and end in the classroom. Especially, for translators and other language professionals. Having a considerable body of knowledge and staying up-to-date on cultural trends, business and on translation itself can make a good translator great. On this post, we’ll explore 7 books that can greatly help aspiring...

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Google Celebrates Falafel

Ah, those deep fried Middle Eastern balls of vegan protein goodness! I don't know anyone who doesn't love them! Falafel is a highly popular street food made of chickpeas and fava beans (together or alone) with a mix of spices and herbs and onions, ground and...

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To My Sweetest Andy: Happy 5!

It's no secret, I've always wanted to raise boys. I've never dreamed about raising little girls wearing tutus and tiaras like all the other women in my life. I used to be a tomboy, a tough little girl, and quite frankly I'm happy day in...

It's no secret, I've always w...

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Female Equals Future

In my household, I am the only female. I am surrounded by my husband and 3 boys. I have more reasons to teach my boys how to truly respect and appreciate girls, because they do not have a sister of their own. It is not easy in a...

In my household, I am the only...

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Why I Love November

I love the month of November for several reasons:   1- It's neither hot, nor cold. Not humid, either. 2- I was born in November. 3- I established my business in November. 4- It's the busiest month of the year. I get the most projects in November of every year. 5-...

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20 Years of Google in a Cute Video

Google celebrates its 20 years today with a super cute video of different questions asked in different languages. Not a day goes by without me using Google to look something up, whether it was a word, an expression, an image, a piece of information, a recipe...

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#BoyMom

I am a mom of 3 beautiful, healthy boys. My first is 8, my second is 4, and my third is 6 weeks old. I have a best friend in my first, a play buddy in my second, and a cuddle toy in my third. My first...

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Baby Chris is Here!

May 9, 2018 was such an eventful day for me and my family, but the biggest event of the day was the arrival of my 3rd baby boy, Chris. At 38 weeks, baby Chris was born on May 9 in Los Angeles at 1:58 pm PST...

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My Once Baby Boy Is Now A Young Man

[caption id="attachment_3989" align="alignleft" width="252"] How was this 7 years ago?[/caption] My eldest Maroun turned 8 today. I've been feeling so emotional for the past few days. I still can't believe how 8 years went by in a flash.   8 years of bliss. 416 weeks of unconditional love....

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The Importance of Always Moving Forward

I read somewhere a very inspirational story, supposedly Chinese, that teaches us a lesson to keep moving forward no matter what. Below is the story. "There is a Chinese story of a farmer who used an old horse to till his fields. One day, the horse escaped...

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A Story, A Life Lesson

I have amazing LinkedIn connections that keep sharing incredible stories and life lessons, and I cannot but share with my readers the ones that inspire me the most. Check this story below and make sure to share it if you believe in it! "One day a farmer's...

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My 10 Wishes for Translators on International Translation Day

On September 30 of every year, translators around the world celebrate International Translation Day (also Saint Jerome Day). Translators undeniably have one of the best and coolest jobs in the world. We are communication heroes and language warriors. We bridge gaps, connect cultures, and create a...

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September 5: Working Mothers’ Day

Back in 1982, President Ronald Reagan designated September 5 as Working Mothers' Day, calling upon "families, individual citizens, labor and civic organizations, the media, and the business community to acknowledge the importance of the mothers who work inside or outside the home and to express...

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The Benefits of a Bilingual Brain

Do you speak 2 or more languages? Do you know how your brain looks like? Interestingly, the brain of bilingual and multilingual people looks different than that of monolingual people. Watch the video below to find out more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMmOLN5zBLY&feature=share   How many languages do you speak? What are they?...

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The Sad Truth of Hiring Employees Nowadays

Recruiters, Human Resources Managers, and all employers for that matter need to take a step back and realize that everybody deserves a chance. To climb the ladder, you start from the bottom and work your way up. it's the ONLY way to go! In the translation industry,...

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Bonne Fête Nationale!

English-speaking countries/lands call the French National Day "Bastille Day", which is celebrated on July 14 of each year. In France, it is formally called la Fête nationale (The National Celebration) and commonly and legally "le 14 juillet" (the fourteenth of July). The French National Day marks France’s...

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Pet Peeves: Social Media Edition

Welcome to Lebanon, the country notorious for celebratory gunfire, the country where everyone and their mother is a public figure or a social media influencer, and also the country where almost everyone is proudly a trilingual. I've been updating my Instagram consistently but making it a...

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Algerian Novelist, Translator and Filmmaker Assia Djebar Gets a Google Doodle

Today Google remembers the late Assia Djebar (30 June 1936 – 6 February 2015) with a doodle. Born Fatima-Zohra Imalayen, the berber-speaking Algerian novelist, translator and filmmaker, whose father is a French teacher, chose Assia Djebar as her pen name for fear of her father's disapproval. In 1957, she published her...

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Animal Sounds in Different Languages

James Chapman is the cartoonist who's pretty much fond of languages. I love all his illustrations and how he simplifies language learning through his drawings. In this blog post, I will be sharing some of his illustrations which he brilliantly calls "Soundimals": animal sounds in different...

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A Quick Business Lesson

My brother sent me this story via Whatsapp a few days ago and I found it pretty interesting so I had to share it:   During a robbery in Guangzhou, China, the bank robber shouted to everyone in the bank: "Don't move. The money belongs to the...

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I HATE Proofreading!

It just irritates me to proofread someone else's lousy translation. It's one of the jobs that I always tend to reject. I am currently proofreading a translation from English into French, and the target text reeks of translation. I mean come on: even Google Translate would know...

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A Funny Take on Translators Vs Interpreters

Ah, the perks of working in your PJs :D In case you still don't know the difference between translators and interpreters, check out the below picture. [caption id="attachment_1716" align="aligncenter" width="227"] Interpreters Vs Translators[/caption] On another note, many interpreters are sometimes called translators because, to the client, they are...

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I’m an Aunt!

This month was a pretty rough one to say the least. My dad was hospitalized a couple of weeks ago, and my baby Andy was hospitalized last week (on Mother's Day). However, every cloud has a silver lining, and I believe tough situations bring families...

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#InternationalWomensDay: A Compilation of Women Empowerment Songs

March 8 is International Women's Day. It is a day to celebrate women empowerment. I have many wishes for Lebanese women that I shared last year. Get a dose of inspiration from the below list of women empowerment songs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBmMU_iwe6U Beyoncé - Run the World (Girls) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pgmx7z49OEk Jennifer Lopez - Ain't...

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March Forth on March Fourth: National Grammar Day

Today is National Grammar Day, which is celebrated on the 4th of March of every year in the United States. I've previously written about it here . It is noteworthy that according to Global Language Monitor, the estimated number of words in the English language is 1,025,109. While there...

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It’s Your 7th Birthday

7 years ago today, I joined the mamasphere. When I first heard you cry, it made me cry. The moment was raw, unreal, and nothing like I have ever experienced before. I couldn't describe what I was feeling; I still can't. Trying to wrap my head...

7 years ago today, I joined th...

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International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is celebrated worldwide on the 21st of February of every year. It aims at promoting awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It was first  announced by UNESCO on November 17, 1999, and was formally recognized by the United Nations...

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#Recipe: Healthy Salad Bowl

Believe it or not, this is my go-to recipe when I don't have much time on hand to whip up a decent lunch. However, it's got everything! Packed with flavor and nutrients, this salad will surely keep you full the entire day! Besides, it is super easy...

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How to answer the Phone in 10 Languages

This is another illustration by cartoonist and illustrator James Chapman showing how to answer the phone in 10 languages.   I would add the Arabic: رن رن نعم Know any way to answer the phone in another language? Share it in the comments below!...

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#RaniaWrites: I Still Don’t Know

I Still Don’t Know I still don’t know Whether to live Or to die To believe Or to deny It’s hard to forgive It’s harder not to try Should I break the flow? I still don’t know   And we carry on living Here shines another sun And we keep smiling We say it’s just for fun   I still don’t...

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