A Day in the Life of an Interpreter

15 Abr

Some multi-word expressions

8 Abr

Multi-word expression



A young person who goes to another country to live and study in an exchange program will probably look back on the trip as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.


Installation of the lamps can be carried out quickly and easily by an experienced do-it-yourself enthusiast.


If you need some additional help setting up and using your new phone, see the basics section for helpful how-to information.


Choose healthy, quick, and easy-to-grab foods such as little bags or containers of ready-to-eat vegetables (i.e., celery sticks, cucumber wedges, and cherry tomatoes).


When children solve a problem together they start feeling competent and have a can-do attitude toward all problems.


We don’t want our candidates to be forced into a do-or-die situation, but doing a little work every day to finally do their best.


Separate what’s essential for you from what’s simply desirable, and eliminate any shopping carts from your list that don’t have those must-have features.

no-win situation

The employer may be in a no-win situation if the team refuses to accept such a candidate.

wake-up call

This is very far from the agreed target, and is a wake-up call for the urgency of providing good quality education for all.

peer-to-peer network

The structure of the peer-to-peer network is divided into two stratums: the P2P overlay stratum and the transportation stratum.

hands-on experience

They were also given hands-on experience with live projects in relevant areas and training in laboratory and field techniques through visits to sites of marine significance.


We are convinced that only a rule-based system can guarantee that commitments are enforced and that all Member States are treated equally.


Participating countries will benefit from advanced training of engineers and technicians in state-of-the-art fields and techniques.


This young mom-to-be needs advice in preparing for her baby.


All we have are mom-and-pop stores, where lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains usually cost more.

– take-out– take-home

– super-size

When dining out or ordering take-out food, ask for a take-home box or avoid super-size selections when you order.


Separately, stir-fry the onion (cut into rings) until soft, then add the cinnamon, saffron, raisins, sugar and a little water.


The 43-year-old actor was spotted taking the time to sign autographs for fans who had waited outside.


But with warnings that time is running out for a two-state solution, some still think he will try to lay the ground for some greater effort to restart talks, our correspondent says.

one-off tax Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades is meeting party leaders to hammer out a Plan B after a one-off tax on savings failed to get the support of any MPs.
crisis-stricken bank

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned Cyprus that its crisis-stricken banks might never be able to reopen if it rejected the bailout.


South Korea’s Communications Commission suspected a cyber-attack. However, the BBC was later told that experts had concluded it was not a denial-of-service attack, of the kind South Korea has experienced in the past.


Film-maker Danny Boyle picked up one of the two honorary judges’ awards.


The Oscar-winning director was recognised for his opening ceremony to the London 2012 games.

out-of-hours care

In Sweden, it is up to local government regions (known as municipalities) to decide whether they want to offer publicly funded out-of-hours care.

stay-at-home mother

Wallin, who now runs a business with her husband, says she felt pushed into using childcare for her first children, because of a “social stigma” against stay-at-home mothers.

Examples of collocations with ‘effect’

8 Abr


‘calming effect’ The release of stocks has improved the supply situation and had a calming effect on the market and on prices. (Source)
‘cumulative effect’ As more women become educated there is a cumulative effect on more households with respect to fertility. (Source)
‘energising effect’ While we often turn to herbal teas for relaxation, there are also various herbs which have a positive stimulating effect on the body. This energising effect is not as harsh as the one produced by coffee, it is a more natural boost. (Source)
‘detrimental effect’ Ineffective state aid has a detrimental effect on the internal market and economic competitiveness. (Source)
‘beneficial effect’ The sun has a beneficial effect on psoriasis, but lesions often spoil the summer for patients. (Source)
‘disproportionate effect’ Increases in energy prices have a disproportionate effect on low-income groups and increase the energy poverty of the disadvantaged. (Source)
‘adverse effect’ Excess drying, or excessively dry paper has an adverse effect and a negative impact on productivity and quality. (Source)
‘devastating effect’ These accidents often leave victims with catastrophic injuries that can have a devastating effect on their health, family and financial security. (Source)
‘immediate effect’ Delays in payments will render the agreement null and void with immediate effect. (Source)
‘far-reaching effect’ Diabetes, a disease where the body is unable to normally process glucose (sugar) to create energy, can have a far-reaching effect on overall health. (Source)
‘a snowball effect’ Most observers were expecting a sort of snowball effect: large firms would ask their subcontractors to switch to the euro, and they in turn would ask their suppliers to do so. (Source)
‘a ripple effect’ Women entrepreneurs can impact generations, creating a ripple effect by setting an example for young girls. (Source)
‘a domino effect’ Bulgaria and Romania are virtually bankrupt threatening a domino effect on Greek, Italian, and French banks. (Source)
‘a boomerang effect’ Supply and demand are often not independent of each other: interventions that increase supply can also increase demand, frequently resulting in little net improvement at best, and at worst in a counterproductive boomerang effect. (Source)
‘the butterfly effect’ I see leadership today as a question that changes the world, an action able to transform an organization, the butterfly effect. (Source)
‘the greenhouse effect’ The increase of carbon dioxide, and smaller quantities of other gases in the atmosphere, is contributing to the “greenhouse” effect that prevents heat escaping into space. (Source)
‘the placebo effect’ The balance between body and mind has a positive influence on our health, just like the placebo effects of some pills or strange therapies. (Source)
Some representative images for 'beneficial effect', 'calming effect', 'domino effect' and 'energising effect'.

Some representative images for ‘beneficial effect’, ‘calming effect’, ‘domino effect’ and ‘energising effect’.


Formas de escribir la letra H en otras lenguas.

4 Abr


«We always have a good idea of what is coming next»

17 Ene

We always have a good idea of what is coming next, so that we are seldom totally surprised. We may be partly surprised; but the surprise will always be within the framework of something that we knew was going to happen. And this is the most important phenomenon in human communication. We make predictions –not consciously, of course; in general, the process is below the level of awareness– about what the other person is going to say next; and that’s how we understand what he or she does say. […] How do we make these predictions? The first step towards an answer is: we make them from the context of situation. The situation in which linguistic interaction takes place gives the participants a great deal of information about the meanings that are being exchanged, and the meanings that are likely to be exchanged.

Michael A. K. Halliday y Ruqaiya Hasan, Language, Context and Text: Aspects of  Language in a Social-Semiotic Perspective, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1989, 2ª ed., pp. 9-10


«I’ll take what I want and leave what I don’t want»

17 Ene

Of course life frightens me sometimes. I don’t happen to give it 100 per cent and go as far as I can. I’ll take what I want and leave what I don’t want. That’s how I intend to live my life, and if things go bad, I’ll stop and reconsider at that point. If you think about it, an unfair society is a society that makes it possible for you to exploit your abilities to the limit. I’m not looking at the sky and waiting for the fruit to drop. In my own way, I’m working hard. I’m working ten times harder than you are.

Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami

Rap Genius, discover the meaning of rap lyrics

12 Ene

En mayor o menor medida, a todo el mundo le gusta la música, de eso no cabe duda. Yo personalmente me decanto por el estilo Soul, R&B y Rap, por lo que el descubrimiento que mencionaré a continuación nos será muy útil a aquellos interesados en entender qué significan las letras de nuestras canciones favoritas. La web se denomina Rap Genius y está en inglés. No se trata de una traducción al español ni a ningún otro idioma, sino de una explicación o aclaración sobre, por ejemplo, referencias que se puedan hacer dentro de la canción a elementos socio-culturales, hechos históricos, personajes famosos o expresiones idiomáticas, entre otros.

La página en concreto es bastante completa e incluye una gran variedad de canciones, por lo que no es de extrañar que encuentres la canción que deseas sin problemas. Además, este sitio web nos aporta noticias relacionadas con artistas de este género musical, por lo cual a los amantes de este tipo de música os encantará.

A continuación, expongo una captura de pantalla con un ejemplo de lo que encontraréis en esta página:

Ejemplo de Rap Genius

Como ejemplo he escogido la canción Take Care de Drake con la colaboración de Rihanna. Como se puede ver en la imagen, la misma página nos explica cómo funciona. Se trata de hacer clic en los segmentos que estén en naranja y, entonces, nos aparecerá un recuadro blanco como el que vemos en la captura donde se nos dará la explicación correspondiente (aparecerán imágenes o no, según convenga). Aparte de esto, se nos ofrece la posibilidad (vía registro previo) de colaborar en la página, por lo que si conocéis el significado concreto de alguna estrofa, podréis convertiros en miembros y contribuir.

Por mi parte, he descubierto un gran recurso con esta web, dado que siempre me gusta leer la letra de las canciones que me gustan e intentar traducirlas por mi cuenta, porque se aprende una gran cantidad de vocabulario, entre otros motivos. Así pues, conocer diferentes referencias culturales o históricas puede resultar una fabulosa ayuda para facilitar la traducción y, al mismo tiempo, aprender de todo un poco. ¡Espero que os guste!