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11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures

11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures
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The Phrontistery: Obscure Words and Vocabulary Resources Color Words Colour Terms This list contains 168 definitions of obscure colour terms using combinations of 'normal' colours of the rainbow and descriptive adjectives; e.g. cardinal = deep scarlet red; russet = reddish brown. Note that most English speakers outside the U.S. spell colour with the added British 'u' rather than the American version color. Don't worry if the colours (or colors) in your universe don't match up with the definitions I've given for these words, though - I've been known to have skewed perceptions of reality ... I hope you have found this site to be useful.

Leeds collection of Internet corpora The Internet corpora used here were developed using the same methodology as outlined in Sharoff, S. (2006) Creating general-purpose corpora using automated search engine queries. In Marco Baroni and Silvia Bernardini, (eds), WaCky! Working papers on the Web as Corpus. Gedit, Bologna, Steps 2 and 3 above use customised versions of tools from Marco Baroni's BootCat, which also has a very extensive description of installation requirements and tool functions. The English CC corpus has been compiled from webpages with the Creative Commons permissive licences. The Perl scripts are free software. The interface and corpora were developed by Serge Sharoff; contact me at s.sharoff, if you have further queries.

100 Exquisite Adjectives By Mark Nichol Adjectives — descriptive words that modify nouns — often come under fire for their cluttering quality, but often it’s quality, not quantity, that is the issue. Plenty of tired adjectives are available to spoil a good sentence, but when you find just the right word for the job, enrichment ensues. Practice precision when you select words. Here’s a list of adjectives: Subscribe to Receive our Articles and Exercises via Email You will improve your English in only 5 minutes per day, guaranteed! 21 Responses to “100 Exquisite Adjectives” Rebecca Fantastic list!

List of French words and phrases used by English speakers Here are some examples of French words and phrases used by English speakers. English contains many words of French origin, such as art, competition, force, machine, police, publicity, role, routine, table, and many other anglicized French words. These are pronounced according to English rules of phonology, rather than French. This article, however, covers words and phrases that generally entered the lexicon later, as through literature, the arts, diplomacy, and other cultural exchanges not involving conquests. The phrases are given as used in English, and may seem correct modern French to English speakers, but may not be recognized as such by French speakers as many of them are now defunct or have drifted in meaning. Few of these phrases are common knowledge to all English speakers, and for some English speakers most are rarely if ever used in daily conversation, but for other English speakers many of them are a routine part of both their conversational and their written vocabulary. 1.

100 Mostly Small But Expressive Interjections David Bier Thanks for this – what a fun post considering there’s no actual narrative in it! Cecily Some of these interjections are quite culturally and age specific, so if people need to be told what they mean, they should probably not be using them.For example, to many Brits, va-va-voom is not old-fashioned at all, but instead is firmly linked to the long-running ads that footballer Thierry Henry made for the Renault Clio. Himanshu Chanda Whoa ! What a biiiig list. And yes this ones really great. Interpretation Teams of interpreters are put together on the basis of the languages to be used in the meeting. Two interpreters per booth: meetings with a maximum of six active and/or passive languages;Three interpreters per booth: meetings with a minimum of seven active and/or passive languages. For a meeting with 24 active and passive languages, 72 interpreters would be needed for a full interpreting team. In Parliament's official places of work, all the meeting rooms are equipped with interpreting booths meeting international (ISO) standards. To make sure that the technical equipment works properly, the interpreters are assisted by a team of conference technicians, who carry out operational management and maintenance of interpreting equipment before and during meetings. Parliament also provides interpreting services for Members on their official travels elsewhere in the world.

Wordy English: Vocabulary Compilation with Usage Examples A collection of five thousand English words with usage examples. For a intro, see: How to Increase Your English Vocabulary?. For daily musings, subscribe at Xah's Belles-lettres Blog. When using this site, you should have a dictionary software installed. SAT Words Words commonly found in magazines or newspapers. GRE Words Similar in nature to the SAT group but more difficult. Writer's Words When i cannot find a categorical basket to put a word in, i dump it here. Writer's words are often found in fictions, novels. I want more… Special Words: Hyphenated words, Slang, Nouns, Arcane, Poesy, … Hyphenated Words What a strung-out tongue-in-cheek booby-trap! Combination Words I daresay the forthcoming outlook of a headstrong crackpot is oftentimes a polymath not unlike the foresight of yours truly. Compound word or portmanteau words. Special Meaning Words Familiar words with unfamiliar meanings or likely to be misunderstood. English Vocabulary: Special Meaning Words Foreign Words Slang Informal Yup! Arcane

45 ways to avoid using the word 'very' Writers Write is your one-stop resource for writers. Use these 45 ways to avoid using the word ‘very’ to improve your writing. Good writers avoid peppering their writing with qualifiers like ‘very’ and ‘really’. They are known as padding or filler words and generally add little to your writing. According to Collins Dictionary: ‘Padding is unnecessary words or information used to make a piece of writing or a speech longer. Synonyms include: waffle, hot air, verbiage, wordiness.’ Adding modifiers, qualifiers, and unnecessary adverbs and adjectives, weakens your writing. This post gives you 45 ways to avoid using the padding word ‘very’. Three Telling Quotes About ‘Very’ “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. If you enjoyed this, you will love: Top Tip: If you want to learn how to write a book, sign up for our online course. by Amanda Patterson © Amanda Patterson

Short Story Ideas and Creative Writing Prompts Here are lots of short story ideas that you can use as writing prompts. Use these story starters on their own or to get ideas for the CWN online writing courses. You'll also find links to more creative writing prompts at the bottom of the page. Any of these ideas can be used either humorously or dramatically... or you can try both. Do you like this page? Story ideas - three elements Choose a set of three elements and write a story that contains all three of them! Extreme challenge: combine three of the elements with one of the other short story ideas on this page. A stolen ring, fear of spiders, and a sinister stranger. More short story ideas Challenge: 4 stories in 4 weeks using these short story ideas. Extreme challenge: Why not write a book of short stories? A babysitter is snooping around her employer's house and finds a disturbing photograph... Even more short story ideas Your character starts receiving flowers and anonymous gifts. And still more short story ideas

Case studies: Freelance conference interpreter: Alexander C. Gansmeier Alexander enjoys the variety of work on offer as a freelance interpreter and relishes travelling and meeting new people from a range of backgrounds and cultures How did you become an interpreter? After graduation I was approached by the university to see whether I wanted to teach various modules on the MA in Interpreting and Translation, which I had studied. This very flexible part-time agreement enabled me to go from university straight into the freelance world without having to worry about being able to pay rent. With this safety net, I was able to really focus on my freelance work and further expand my existing client network, which soon resulted in more conference interpreting work. Start building up your network of clients and colleagues early - becoming a successful freelancer will take time, which can be underestimated quite easily How relevant is your degree to your job? Very. What does interpreting involve? How has your role developed? What do you enjoy about your job?

Oxford Dictionaries Online 3Q2013 update 28 August 2013, Oxford, UK Today Oxford University Press announces the latest quarterly update to Online (ODO). If buzzworthy vocabulary makes you squee, set aside some me time to explore the latest words which have made their way into common usage. Picture this. You’ve just uploaded a selfie to your favourite social media website using your phablet when your FIL (that’s your father-in-law) shares a supercut of a srsly mortifying twerking session. You immediately unlike his page because there isn’t an emoji capable of expressing your desire to vom: apols, but it’s time for a digital detox. The linguistic influence of the world of gastronomy can be seen in a number of this quarter’s new entries, from cake pops and blondies to street food and guac; it might be wise to wash that down with a pear cider or a michelada before you show signs of a food baby. The Oxford Dictionaries UK Word of the Year 2012, omnishambles, is also among the new entries. • apols, pl. n.

Eat. Live. Laugh. and sometimes shop!: 50 most beautiful English words. A few weeks ago I ran across a list, which I shared with you, of 33 Ways to Stay Creative. One suggestion was to read a page in the dictionary. That one stuck with me. It made me pause and think: When was the last time I even looked up a word in a real {not online} dictionary? A very long time ago is the answer to that query. I certainly do not fancy myself a wordsmith {an expert in the use of words}, but I am interested by words, especially unused or underused words. Where were the kids you ask? I have no idea. So today I bring you a few of my favorite words. Becoming - attractive. I'm off to gambol around with my children as we enjoy the halcyon days of summer! Cheers!