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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...

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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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#Google remembers Hussein Bicar with a Doodle

Hussein Amin Bicar (born on January 2nd, 1913 in Alexandria and deceased on November 16, 2002) was one of Egypt’s most outstanding artists of the 20th century. He graduated from the Cairo Higher School of Fine Arts in 1934, and then went on to spend over 60...

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Hello 2017!

If there's anything 2016 taught me, it's to never give up and to persevere. I think so many will agree with me that 2016 was such a stubborn year lol! It just wouldn't go away! Well thank God, 2017 is here and although it started with...

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Adios 2016

Like any other year, 2016 had its really fair share of ups and downs. While I started off the year in another continent, I'm ending it from one of my favorites places: behind my desk. On the professional level, 2016 was not bad. I managed to make...

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December 18, World Arabic Language Day

Today is World Arabic Language Day. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) established  this event in 2010 "to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six of its official working languages throughout the organization". On December...

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#Recipe: Moroccan Harira

Moroccan cuisine is by far my absolute favorite (yes, I prefer it to Lebanese - don't go all ooh and ahh now). I was born and raised in Morocco, and this country has one of the richest cuisines in the world. Moroccans are known for their...

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Thought of the Day

While being bilingual opens up new horizons for the person, it doesn't mean they have the ability to be a translator. Translation requires skills. It's really unfair to think bilingual people are just like professional translators who studied for several years to excel at what they...

While being bilingual opens up...

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Machine Vs Human Translation

There is no denying the huge difference between machine and human translation. No matter how advanced machine translation gets, it will always lack the "human" touch. The latter gives the text a higher quality, more cohesion and accuracy. In a more trendy word, it gives the...

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My Interview with Day Translations Inc.

Last week I had an interview with Sean Hopwood, President of Day Translations Inc., about all things translation and languages. We discussed Arabic, English, translation, interpretation and a little bit of everything. Here it is below. Hope you enjoy it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3fFChE5dh4&feature=youtu.be  ...

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Social Media Shenanigans

We live in a crazy world where the following happens: If you crack a joke, at least one person will be offended. If you give your opinion, at least one person will be offended. If you share a religious post, at least one person will be offended. If you...

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#Recipe: The Perfect Cupcake for Fall Season

It's fall, which means it's apple season, aka healthy desserts season :D With many of my relatives picking their own apples, I always have apples lying in my fridge or on the counter, so I always need new recipes to put these healthy and sweet fruits...

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National Poetry Day in the UK and Ireland

Founded in 1994 by William Sieghart, National Poetry Day is celebrated on the first or second Thursday of October of every year in the UK and Ireland. It is a British campaign aiming at promoting poetry and public performances of poetry. It also encourages people...

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National Coffee Day

National Coffee Day is observed on September 29 of every year. It is used to celebrate coffee as a beverage and to promote fair trade coffee. In March 2014, the International Coffee Organization agreed to set the first official date for this day, and it was...

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September 24: Punctuation Day

National Punctuation Day is celebrated each year on September 24 in the United States. Founded by Jeff Rubin in 2004, National Punctuation Day aims at promoting the correct usage of punctuation, where appreciators of correct punctuation and spelling are encouraged to share pictures of errors spotted in everyday life. I...

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What makes a Sworn Translator?

This post is inspired by a few clients I met throughout my career, the most recent one being just a couple of hours ago. They contact me for a sworn translation, send me the files via email and expect me to deliver a sworn (stamped)...

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The Ugly Truth in Lebanon

I received this Arabic text and thought of translating it and sharing it. في لبنان: السنكري دكتور والحكيم تاجر والمستشفى دكانة والوزارة مغارة والشوفير محلل سياسي والمحلل السياسي بيقبض والموظف عتال والشيوعي رأسمالي والإقطاعي إشتراكي الممثلة بتغني وملكة الجمال بتمثل والمنتج او جوزون او مصاحبون الميت بينتخب الدركي هوا تشيكن الدكنجي بشرج تلفونات محل التلفونات ببيع نسكافيه والنصاب إستاذ والإستاذ شحاد وزير الشباب ختيار موظف الضمان...

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Thank you! Now say that in 23 Languages

Livinglanguage.com illustrated a world map for the expression "thank you" with 23 languages from around the globe. The languages included in the map are those with existing Living Language courses. The countries representing each language were selected based on population. Can you say "thank you" in languages...

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The Added Value of Professional Interpreters

the AIIC (International Association of Conference Interpreters, aka "Association Internationale des Interprètes de Conférence" in French) released an amazingly accurate animated video explaining the importance of hiring professional conference interpreters and the positive effect it has on corporate performance. The AIIC uploaded the video to their...

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Classic Crêpe Recipe

Almost every time I visit family members, they ask me to prepare crêpes for them, or ask me for the recipe. I actually got the latter from my mom, who got it from a top chef in Paris while on a getaway with my dad...

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Veggie Cooking Cheat Sheet

I came across the following chart which features a number of common veggies and herbs with the proper cooking time, whether it was boiling, steaming or microwaving them. It might be a no brainer to most, but I am sure many people tend to overcook some of...

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