March 23, 2019

This month Queen Elizabeth II has made her Instagram debut so it was time for us at Talk Russian to follow suit... Instagram is all about pictures but every picture has a story. And in the world of languages there are always plenty of stories to tell. So if you are on...

March 13, 2019

Не секрет, что длительное проживание в стране иностранного языка повышает вероятность того, что в разговоре на родном языке быстрее могут подбираться именно иностранные слова. Более того, этот феномен касается не только лексики, но и синтаксиса. Разве редкость услышать...

February 15, 2019

Акцент у изучающих английский возникает потому, что у каждого языка - в нашем случае это русский и английский – своя система звуков и интонаций. Студенты первого курса иняза вспомнят кропотливую работу с зеркалом, каждый звук изучается и закрепляется в словах и словосо...

February 4, 2019

Our blog readers will remember the article I wrote a while ago about how we tested Skype Translator in Russian. Now the time has come to put Alexa, the Amazon Echo smart speaker, through a similar test. I asked it to translate about a dozen words and phrases, and I wa...

February 1, 2019

Роботов-переводчиков в британских государственных структурах пока не внедрили, а переведенные документы требуют сертификации профессионала, поэтому пользуйтесь услугами аккредитованных специалистов, готовых работать с вами, при этом сохраняя должный нейтралитет.

January 11, 2019

In Russian the direct calque of “nationality” is “национальность”, but it means something different. It denotes a person’s ethnic origin, for example, a Russian national may have an Armenian ethnic origin. In fact, notes on both the ethnic origin and citizenship (bette...

December 9, 2018

25th December is a normal working day for both Russian children and adults alike. The big winter holiday is New Year and that’s when Father Frost (Russian Santa Claus) comes and puts presents under the festive tree called New Year tree. New Year gives a start to a long...

November 3, 2018

I have always believed that the way interpreters sound hugely affects our delivery. I have also discovered from some of my clients that they preferred to work with interpreters with a neutral accent as their utterance is received better that way. As a phonetician, Paul...

October 1, 2018

A good translation is like a perfect mirror: it reflects the true message and this is relevant for spoken language as much as written language. A competent interpreter has adequate pronunciation skills to ensure he and his client are understood, not misunderstood.

July 29, 2018

In our work as interpreters, trust with the party we are working for is paramount, and we act under privilege, just as doctors and lawyers do. This is especially true when meetings take place behind closed doors (not in conference halls with a live feed) and the interp...

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