Tag Archives: German

Daylight saving time (DST)

Image credit: National Research Council of Canada, “Time zones & daylight saving time” October 22, 2016. Dear All, This post discusses what DST is and where to get more information on the topic. DST is the practice of advancing the clock by one hour during spring, summer and autumn which allows extending the day by …

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Google Translate

Dear All, Have you ever thought that it would nice to speak X language? Indeed, it would be. All it takes is to start and little by little to pursue the goal. While you are doing this, there is a tool that can help you to communicate in a different language in the meanwhile. The …

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Comparative linguistics

And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech (Gen. 11:1, KJV). Dear All, Have you ever heard the story about the tower of Babel? It is described in Genesis 11:1-9. The quote above is the beginning of this story. What is important for us in this discussion is that there is …

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Giving flowers across cultures

Dear All, Flowers are considered to be an excellent gift in many cultures across the globe. However, there are certain cultural differences as to what flower gifts are appropriate and which ones are not. Below are several of them: 1) In Belarus, Hungary, Russia, and Ukraine odd number of flowers are presented to living people …

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Rhyming dictionary, multilingual

Dear All, In “Rhyming dictionary” post, an online rhyming dictionary has already been discussed. That rhyming dictionary is for English. However, I have recently come across a multilingual rhyming dictionary. Why do we need a multilingual dictionary? The answer is simple: a multilingual rhyming dictionary allows finding rhymes in several languages and if you speak …

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Similar flags

Dear All, This post looks into some similar flags of the world. Some of the flags are less similar than others. At the same time it may be interesting to compare them and in this way to avoid confusion. The flags below are posted in the alphabetical order. Australian – New Zealand: Bangladeshi – Japanese …

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Becoming proficient in foreign languages

Dear All, Have you ever wondered, how long it takes to become proficient in a particular language? Typically, the evaluation of language proficiency is based on four skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. However, how long does it take to become proficient enough to be able to communicate in a foreign language? The Foreign Service …

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High- and low-context cultures

Dear All, In this post, I would like to discuss such concepts as “high-context culture” vs “low-context culture”. These concepts were first introduced by anthropologist Edward Twitchell Hall. According to Hall, “[h]igh context transactions feature pre-programmed information that is in the receiver and in the setting, with only minimal information in the transmitted message. Low …

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Dictionaries

To follow up on the previous post (about thesauri)… Here are a couple of translation dictionaries which may be of use for both a quick reference and translation of complete texts: 1) Lingvo and 2) Google Translate. Both dictionaries are fit for multiple language translations including Ukrainian, English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Latin. Cheers, Iaroslav

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