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Language of the Week: Korean

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안녕하세요 (annyeonghaseyo) hello!

As you may have guessed, the language of this week is Korean!

Korean is the official language of both the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) which is a total of approximately 73 million people. Korean is written in a script is called Hangeul and it is said that the basics of Hangeul can be learned in just a few hours.

In the Korean alphabet, there are consonants:

1 consonants

 

And then there are double consonants:

2 double consonants

 

 

There are vowels:

3 vowels

 

 

And then there are Complex vowels:

4 complex vowels

 

 

 

Characters are written from up to down or from left to right and always start with a consonant.

5 writting

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to write only the vowel, it must be written with the consonant o.

Original vowel Written by itself

 

When writing in Korean, characters are written to fill an imaginary box and letters can be stretched or compressed to fill in the space of the box and to make it evenly sized with the other syllables. For example, you can see below how the size and shape of the letter ㄱ changes to fill in this imaginary box.

6 characters

 

 

Like always, here are some simple phrases for you to try out:

Korean Pronunciation English
어떻게 지내세요? eotteohke jinaeseyo? How are you?
만나서 반가워요 Mannaseo bangawoyo Pleased to meet you
제 이름은 … 입니다 je ireum-eun … imnida My name is…
감사합니다 kamsahamnida Thank you
미안합니다! mianhamnida Sorry
실례하겠습니다! shillehagessumnida Excuse me
모르겠습니다 moreugesseumnida I don’t understand

In Korea, there are some rules of etiquette; make sure to bow to new acquaintances and elders, hugging and kissing is generally out of the question and there is an “honorifics” system which dictates different verb endings and vocabulary to use depending on your relationship with the person. In North Korea, there is a specific verb ending for addressing their leader, Kim Jong-il. What this means is that you have to add 옵 [-op-] at the end whenever you are addressing him.

That’s all for today, 안녕!(annyeong) bye!

 



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Language of the Week: Spanish

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The language of this week is …. Castilian! Or more commonly known as Spanish. It carries the name Castilian due to the fact that it originates from the Castile region of Spain.

Did you know that Spanish is the official language for over 10 countries in the world? Including Mexico, Colombia, Spain, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Guatemala, Ecuador and Cuba and many more! In fact, there are about 450 million native Spanish speakers in the world.

Here is the Spanish alphabet:

a  á  b  c  d  e  é  f  g  h  i  í  j  k  l  m  n  ñ  o  ó  p  q  r  s  t  u  ú  ü  v  w  x  y  z

There are also 5 digraphs, pairs of letters together used to represent one single sound:

ch, ll, rr, gu and qu

Because English and Spanish are both of Latin origin, if you speak English, you may already recognize more than 3000 Spanish words. Here are a few simple Spanish phrases to start you off:

Hello, my name is Hola, me llamo
How are you? ¿Como está usted?
Nice to meet you Mucho gusto
Thank you Gracias
Good morning Buenos dias
Good afternoon Buenas tardes
Good evening buenas noches

And of course, as you probably know by now, I love jokes, so here are a few in Spanish:

1. – Doctor, doctor, no puedo recordar nada
– Vaya, y desde cuándo tiene usted este problema?
– ¿Qué problema?

– Doctor, doctor, I can’t remember anything
– Oh well, and how long have you had this problem?
– What problem?

– Doctor, ¿usted cree que podré vivir 40 años más?
– Depende. ¿Usted parrandea con sus amigos?
– No, doctor
– ¿Bebe?
– No, doctor
– ¿Fuma?
– No, doctor
– ¿Tiene pareja?
– No, doctor
– ¿Y para qué diablos quiere usted vivir 40 años más?

2. – Doctor, do you think I could live 40 years longer?
– Depends. Do you party hard with your friends?
– No, doctor
– Do you drink?
– No, doctor
– Do you smoke?
– No, doctor
– Do you have a partner?
– No, doctor
– So why on earth do you want to live 40 years longer?

 Hope you had a few laughs!

Adiós  (bye) ! 

 



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Since its creation in 1995, Alltradis has translated over 19,000 written projects in various language combinations, organized simultaneous interpreting for the largest international conferences and gathered a long list of loyal clients. Alltradis has truly become a fundamental part of their success. We specialize in diverse industries such as; medical/pharmaceutical translation, cosmetic/luxury product translation, technical and industrial translation, marketing/finance/HR translation, legal translation, etc.

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Language of the Week: Russian

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Russia first peaked my interest when I heard about their beautifully crafted ice hotels that were not only remarkable to look at but could also accommodate real guests. I was astounded, and immediately added “stay in ice hotel in Russia” to my bucket list. Now, more about their official language, Russian, which is also spoken in other countries such as Ukraine; Belarus and Kazakhstan.

The Russian alphabet is known as the Cyrillic alphabet. There is a total of 33 letters in the alphabet including 11 vowels, 20 consonants and 2 pronunciation signs.

There are a few letters that have almost identical pronunciations as their English look alike, such as:

A, K, M, O and T

Then there are ones that look like English letters, but have a completely new sound:

B, E, H, P,C , Y, X

Then the remaining letters that you’ve probably never seen before:

Б,  Г, Д ,З ,И Л ,П ,Ф ,Э ,Ю ,Я ,Ё ,Ж ,Ц ,Ч ,Ш ,Щ ,Ы ,Й

Lastly, letters that have no sound of their own but are still considered letters:

Ъ  and Ь 

It is said that the pronunciation and grammar of Russian is the most difficult for students. That is because in Russian, there are six declensions: Nominative, Accusative, Prepositional, Genitive, Dative and Instrumental that tell you the context of the word. It’s similar to having six different reasons to conjugate nouns, adjectives and pronouns differently.  On a positive note, unlike other languages such as French, where it is almost necessary for students to memorize if a noun is masculine or feminine, in Russian there are strict rules with very few exceptions.

If you are currently learning Russian, don’t give up! If you are thinking about it, try these simple words and then decide how you feel!

Russian Word Pronouncation English
Здравствуйте Zdrastvooyte Hello
Привет! Preevyet Hi!
Как поживаешь? Kak pazhivayesh? How are you?
Спасибо, прекрасно! Spaseeba preekrasna! Fine, thanks!
Как Вас зовут? Kak vas zavoot? What’s your name?
Меня зовут… Meenya zavoot… My name is…
Вы говорите по-английски?  Vi gavareetye pa angleeskee?  Do you speak English?
Спасибо Spaseeba Thank you
Извините Eezveeneete Sorry!

 

Пока (« pa-ka »)  Bye !

 

 



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Since its creation in 1995, Alltradis has translated over 19,000 written projects in various language combinations, organized simultaneous interpreting for the largest international conferences and gathered a long list of loyal clients. Alltradis has truly become a fundamental part of their success. We specialize in diverse industries such as; medical/pharmaceutical translation, cosmetic/luxury product translation, technical and industrial translation, marketing/finance/HR translation, legal translation, etc.

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Language of the Week: Arabic

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Starting from today, we will be introducing a new language to you every week as a part of our new Language of the Week Series.

This week, we will be highlighting Arabic!

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I have to admit, I first took an interest in Arabic due to my love of kebabs and falafel. However, today, I am very proud to say that I can now introduce myself fluently in Arabic (Ma-ha-le-bar, ana-e-s-mi Yuejia: Hello, my name is Yuejia 🙂 )

A little introduction on Arabic, it is one of the oldest languages in the world. It has been used for the past 2000 years and is one of the top 10 most widely spoken languages in the world; in fact, it is spoken by over 250 million people in the Middle East and North Africa.

Arabic is divided into two versions:

  1. Colloquial Arabic (dialects): mostly spoken in everyday life
  2. Modern Standard Arabic is the official written form of the language and the only the only way for you to learn Arabic in an academic environment. It is therefore used in written context in newspapers and books such as the Quran.

The Arabic alphabet has 28 letters and words are written from right to left.

If you are interested in learning Arabic, here’s a few phrases to get you started!

English Arabic Pronounciation
Do you speak English? هل تتكلم بالإنجليزية؟ [hal tatakallam al ingliziya?]
Please   من فضلك [min fadlak]
Thank you شكرا [shukran]

 

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سلام (salaam : bye!)

 


Who are we?

Agence de traduction AlltradisAlltradis is today a key player in translation and conference interpreting.

Since its creation in 1995, Alltradis has translated over 19,000 written projects in various language combinations, organized simultaneous interpreting for the largest international conferences and gathered a long list of loyal clients. Alltradis has truly become a fundamental part of their success. We specialize in diverse industries such as medical/pharmaceutical translation, cosmetic/luxury product translation, technical and industrial translation, marketing/finance/HR translation, legal translation, etc.

Many world leading companies trust our expertise – what are you waiting for? For more information, visit our website: www.alltradis.us