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Think & Smile

111014_IP-141020111200-LargeI don’t know if you’ve ever heard of it but there is an old social network called “Reddit”. I don’t use it frequently but one of my friends is a huge fan of it. The other day, he sent me a link which is full of intellectual jokes, which I think you’ll love!

These jokes are generally about famous philosophers or scientists and they reflect the wit of these people. They may be about theories or concepts used in science or philosophy.The link follows: “What’s the most intellectual joke you know?” Let’s see some of them…

 

 

Jean-Paul Sartre is sitting at a French cafe, revising his draft of Being and Nothingness. He says to the waitress, “I’d like a cup of coffee, please, with no cream.” The waitress replies, “I’m sorry, Monsieur, but we’re out of cream. How about with no milk?”

“Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?”

A physicist, a mathematician and an engineer were each asked to establish the volume of a red rubber ball. The physicist immersed the ball in a beaker full of water and measured the volume of the displaced fluid. The mathematician measured the diameter and calculated a triple integral. The engineer looked it up in his Red Rubber Ball Volume Table.

Werner Heisenberg, Kurt Gödel, and Noam Chomsky walk into a bar. Heisenberg turns to the other two and says, “Clearly this is a joke, but how can we figure out if it’s funny or not?” Gödel replies, “We can’t know that because we’re inside the joke.” Chomsky says, “Of course it’s funny. You’re just telling it wrong.”

Day 19, I have successfully conditioned my master to smile and write in his book every time I drool.- Pavlov’s Dog

A physicist, a mathematician and an engineer stay in a hotel.

The engineer is awakened by a smell and gets up to check it. He finds a fire in the hallway, sees a nearby fire extinguisher and after extinguishing it, goes back to bed. Later that night, the physicist gets up, again because of the smell of fire. He quickly gets up and sees the fire in the hallway. After calculating air pressure, flame temperature and humidity as well as distance to the fire and projected trajectory, he extinguishes the fire with the least amount of fluid. At last, the mathematician awakes, only again to find a fire in the hallway. He instantly sees the extinguisher and thinks, “A solution exists!”, and heads back into his room.

 

To be continued! 🙂

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Social Media for Translators

If you’re reading this right now, it means that you are in social media in this or that way. For me, it is irreplaceable. Using social media, I communicate, network, read, discuss, learn… There are more actions than I can count here. In the morning I wake up and check my Twitter and Facebook feed. During the day when I give a break I check my Instagram and Pinterest. I also use social media to promote my works (esp. Linkedin). I’m sure you use social media in countless ways.

So how should translators use social media? I came across this book on amazon.com. I have ordered it and I’m waiting for the shipping.

If I find it helpful, I’ll definitely write a review here.

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It is undeniable that social media is not just a fad but rather an essential part of business today. It is crucial in any online marketing strategy, particularly for SEO purposes, to boost brand awareness and to drive traffic to your website. But just setting up profiles on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn is not enough. So take a look at what else you need to bear in mind when developing a social media marketing strategy for your translation business.

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The Power of Semicolon

Recently, I’ve watched a funny video about the use of semicolon. 🙂 Actually it has nothing to do with grammar or punctuation but it just made me smile. 🙂

So just enjoy- nothing more to say about it.

 

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The Language of the Week: Punjabi

748px-Guru_Granth_Sahib_By_Bhai_Pratap_Singh_GianiLast week, I got a great comment about my blog. Sarai Pahla stated that her favorite part is “The Language of the Week”. So, I hope there are people out there like Sarai who like my articles and the information that I try to compile here.

4 years ago, I guided almost 50 students from Pakistan in a sports festival organized by my university. We got very close friends and I really loved their culture and language… I was quite amazed when they tell that there are tens of languages used in Pakistan. This week, I choose a language of my old friends from Lahore city: Punjabi. For those who want to learn more about languages spoken in Pakistan and India:

 

Punjabi is spoken by 130 million native speakers world wide making it the 10th most widely spoken language in the world.

Mostly inhabitants of the historical Punjab region in India and Pakistan speak this language.

It belongs to Indo-Aryan language family.

The word Punjabi is derived from the word Punjab which means “five waters” in Persian “panj aab” and refers to five major eastern tributaries of the Indus River.

Punjabi emerged as an independent language in the 12th century.

Punjabi is one of the languages recognized by the Indian constitution at the state level, in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, and West Bengal.

Punjabi has always been an integral part of Indian Bollywood cinema.

Punjabi is spoken as first language by over 44.15% of Pakistanis.

Punjabi has three phonemically distinct tones that developed from the lost murmured (or “voiced aspirate”) series of consonants.

Punjabi has a canonical word order of SOV (subject–object–verb).

Punjabi distinguishes two genders, two numbers, and five cases of direct, oblique, vocative, ablative, and locative/instrumental.

 

And let’s see how it is transcribed:

ਲਹੌਰ ਪਾਕਿਸਤਾਨ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਦਾ ਦਾਰੁਲ ਹਕੂਮਤ ਐ। ਲੋਕ ਗਿਣਤੀ ਦੇ ਨਾਲ ਕਰਾਚੀ ਤੋਂ ਬਾਅਦ ਲਹੌਰ ਦੂਜਾ ਸਬ ਤੋਂ ਵੱਡਾ ਸ਼ਹਿਰ ਐ। ਲਹੌਰ ਪਾਕਿਸਤਾਨ ਦਾ ਸਿਆਸੀ, ਰਹਤਲੀ ਤੇ ਪੜ੍ਹਾਈ ਦਾ ਗੜ੍ਹ ਐ ਤੇ ਇਸੇ ਲਈ ਇਹਨੂੰ ਪਾਕਿਸਤਾਨ ਦਾ ਦਿਲ ਵੀ ਕਿਹਾ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਏ। ਲਹੌਰ ਦਰਿਆਏ ਰਾਵੀ ਦੇ ਕੰਡੇ ਤੇ ਵਸਦਾ ਏ ਉਹਦੀ ਲੋਕ ਗਿਣਤੀ ਇੱਕ ਕਰੋੜ ਦੇ ਨੇੜੇ ਐ ।

lahor pākistān panjāb dā dārul hakūmat e. lōk giṇtī dē nāḷ karācī tō᷈ bāad lahor dūjā sab tō᷈ vaḍḍā shahir e. lahor pākistān dā siāsī, rahtalī tē paṛā̀ī dā gā́ṛ e tē isē laī ihnū᷈ pākistān dā dil vī kihā jāndā ē. lahor dariāē rāvī dē kanḍē tē vasdā ē uhdī lōk giṇtī ikk karōṛ dē nēṛē e.

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Source: Wikipedia.

 

 

The History of the Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford_English_Dictionary_2ndLooking familiar? I’m sure each and every one of you has this dictionary. 🙂 In deed, the Oxford English Dictionary was my first dictionary. 

Last week we were discussing about how come we all have the same dictionary… And I decided to Google its history…

For those we want to learn key information about the OED can just have a look what I’ve found.

 

 

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED), published by the Oxford University Press, is the premier British dictionary of the English language.

Work began on the dictionary in 1857 but published 1884.

It was a project under the name A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles; Founded Mainly on the Materials Collected by The Philological Society.

In 1895, the title The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) was first used.

In 1928 the full dictionary was republished in ten bound volumes.

In 1933 it was republished in its reprinting as twelve volumes with a one volume supplement.

In 1989, the second edition was published in twenty volumes.

The first electronic version of the dictionary was made available in 1988.

The online version has been available since 2000.

As of August 2010, it has been receiving two million hits per month from paying subscribers.

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With descriptions for approximately 750,000 words, the Oxford English Dictionary is the world’s most comprehensive single-language print dictionary according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Funny Pronunciation of Certain English Words

repeataftermeEvery language has its rules. When a native speaker encounters another language, s/he automatically applies the rules of his language. This is the case for Turkish native speakers who just begin to speak English.

It is not an accent issue- it is more about generalizing all the rules for every language. 🙂 Of course, these are quite simple pronunciation mistakes which are easy to overcome but they are great fun for beginners. 🙂

Let’s see what kind of mistakes a Turkish beginner makes. I wanna thanks the presenter for this funny video. The introduction is Turkish- so just skip the first part 🙂

http://www.viplay.com/diziler/eglence/bir-bilene-soralim/dogru-ingilizce-konusma_22833

Someone said “More Language Facts” ? :)

surprised-babySeriously, this is on request. 🙂 Yeah, I like language facts, too. That’s why I have a huge collection of websites that have such content.

Sometimes, the world gets so small that you think you and your neighborhood is the only place in the world. However, as long as we enjoy different languages and cultures, we just go beyond this easily.

I just wanna say there is a huge world out there to discover!

And, let’s go back to our topic- well, language facts. 🙂

Here, more… 

 

There are only 4 words in the English language which end in “duos”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

There are at least two words in the English language that use all of the vowels, in the correct order, and end in the letter Y: abstemiously & facetiously.

There are 41,806 different spoken languages in the world today.

The word “queue” is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.

The word “honcho” comes from a Japanese word meaning “squad leader” and first came into usage in the English language during the American occupation of Japan following World War II.

The shortest word in the English language with all its letters in alphabetical order is the word “almost.”

The Philippines has more than 1,000 regional dialects and two official languages.

The only MLB team to have both its city’s name and its team name in a foreign language is the San Diego Padres.

The longest word in the Finnish language, that isn’t a compound word, is ‘epaejaerjestelmaellistyttaemaettoemyydellaensaekaeaen’. In English it means ‘even with their lack of ability to disorganize’.

The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis. The only other word with the same amount of letters ispneumonoultra-microscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.

 

Source: http://www.muskurahat.us/amazing-facts/language-facts-1.asp

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