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Crown Court Interpreter Convicted

22nd September 2019

Kim Tran an independent interpreter who worked in the justice system for 16 years was found to be in the pay of a drugs gang in a £1m cannabis cultivation case. She was exposed as she helped detectives after the arrest of a Vietnamese gang last year. The gang ran one of the largest networks […]

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English has More Words than Most?

12th August 2019

It’s quite probable that English has more words than most comparable world languages. Yet, sometimes even English doesn’t have quite the right word to express what we’re feeling. Turning to another language can solve the problem. Who isn’t familiar with the idea of the ‘Zeitgeist’? This wonderful, portmanteau (there’s another one from French) German word […]

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Language of the Future?

2nd August 2019

  If you were to pick a language of the future then you would probably choose Spanish or Mandarin. But – it just might be French.   Today, English is still – just – the ‘lingua franca’ but did you know that this place was once held by French? It was the language of art […]

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The Phaistos Disc

13th June 2019

  It’s not often that we at Accutranslate have to admit we can’t do something – but I think we can be forgiven for this one. The Phaistos Disc is an inscrutable work of unknown origin, purpose, and meaning, written about 4,000 years ago. It was found in 1908 in the Minoan palace of Phaistos […]

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Translating your Book?

7th May 2019

I’m a voracious reader so I’m always keen to see what’s on the Man Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist each year. This world famous literary prize is awarded for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the United Kingdom. There have, it’s true, been some turkeys – notably James Kelman’s […]

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What do people call Bread Rolls?

23rd April 2019

What is language for? I was having this discussion with one of my class groups a few weeks ago. The commonest answer was simple – to communicate ideas, information and instructions to others. And of course, that’s true. But language is so much more than that. It carries our history, our identity, our social mores […]

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