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“That was a big, big problem,” he told his supporters. “I was really being tough – and so was he – and we would go back and forth, and then we fell in love, okay?”

The site was designed to offer advice on different aspects of University translatology.
Here you can find information on:

  • Peculiarities of translation at the faculties of foreign languages.

  • The ideology of a professional.

  • International standards of professional competence.

  • Classical works on translation and bibliography of academic papers.

  • The list of quotations thematically arranged.translate

  • Internet resources on translatology.

  •  The format of academic papers.

  • The explanation of the basic terms of translatology: equivalence, modality, the unit of translation, the network of translation problems, transformation, metonymy, vehicular languages, directionality of translation etc.

  •  You can find here examples of translation analysis that can be used in classroom discussions and in your scholarly papers.




21.02.19 Linguistic fever around the ambivalent term “pansexual” illustrates 50 shades of perverts in the Western world for whom one may find a cozy place under the generalizing epithet  “queer-ass motherfucker”:

Last year, “pansexual” briefly became the online dictionary Merriam-Webster’s most searched word of the day after the singer Janelle Monáe defined herself as a pansexual and “queer-ass motherfucker”.

The singer Demi Lovato, meanwhile, identifies as “sexually fluid”, or “having a shifting gender preference”, while other labels for being neither exclusively straight nor gay include “heteroflexible” and “questioning”.


17.02.19 Putin’s Plan to Double Down on Venezuela, Syria and Ukraine Could Be Sending Russia Into Bankruptcy

Neglecting equivalence (doubl down = удваивать ставку, играть по крупному, идти "ва-банк") may take a toll on translation:


Newsweek (США): путинские усилия в Венесуэле, Сирии и на Украине могут довести Россию до банкротства


There is a better variant:

Игра «ва-банк» в Венесуэле, Сирии и на Украине могут довести Россию до банкротства

13.02.19 Do you sound really English? That's the question that is always the greatest challenge in the classroom. Good teachers are identifiable through their students' attitude to pronunciation.

11.02.19 Trump's State of the Union: Five takeaways from speech

By Anthony Zurcher


The number of take-aways - 5 - is popular with different analysts, but the contents of the take-aways changes illustrating the ego-centric nature of communication.

7.02.19 Even something as clear-cut as English may have obscure origins and not so clear-cut history. What we understand as English has its roots in 5th-Century Germany and Denmark, from where the Anglian, Saxon and Jute tribes came. As the Roman legions withdrew around 410AD, so the Saxon war bands (what Rome called ‘the barbarians’) landed and an era of migration from the Continent and the formation of Anglo-Saxon England began. The word “English” derives from the homeland of the Angles, the Anglian peninsula in Germany. Early English was written in runes, combinations of vertical and diagonal lines that lent themselves to being carved into wood and were used by other closely related Germanic languages, such as Old Norse, Old Saxon and Old High German. 


3.02.19 Olivia Bland, a 22-year-old from Manchester looking for a job in communications, knows how a job interview is supposed to go. A handshake, a few questions about strengths and weaknesses, some CV inspecting and a pleasant send-off. “They’re usually casual,” Bland says, “and definitely not two hours long.”

But earlier this week, an interview she had with tech firm Web Applications UK left her in tears. In a viral tweet, she alleged that chief executive Craig Dean degraded and humiliated her about everything from her music taste to her parents’ marriage. Bland was offered the job but declined, likening Dean’s behaviour to that of an abusive.

1.02.19 Ambivalence of the anticipated feedback is generated by the ambivalence of figurative use.

Fighter, warrior, hero - some of the terms you might see used to describe people with cancer.

But according to a new survey, for some with the illness the words are seen as inappropriate rather than uplifting.

The UK poll by Macmillan Cancer Support of 2,000 people who have or had cancer found "cancer-stricken" and "victim" were also among the least-liked terms.

The charity said it showed how "divisive" simple descriptions of cancer can be.


31.01.19 A daily coffee fix is a staple part of the day for millions of people around the world. But with a growing awareness of the damage being done to the environment by single-use plastic takeaway cups, reusable cups are taking off in a big way. In Australia, famed for its unique coffee culture, ever more elaborate and expensive resuable coffee cups are becoming the norm. Experts say quirky cups are becoming a unique social signifier.


are taking off  = are getting more and more popular

27.01.19 Coverage of certain subjects are almost 100% false: Putin, Russia, Syria and Ukraine stand out. But much of the coverage of China and Iran also. Many things about Israel are not permitted. The Russia collusion story is (privately) admitted to be fake by an outlet that covers it non stop. Anything Trump is so heavily flavoured that it's inedible. And it's not getting any better: PC is shutting doors everywhere and the Russian-centred "fake news" meme is shutting more. Science is settled but genders are not and we must be vigilant against the "Russian disinformation war". Every day brings us a step closer to a mono media of the One Correct Opinion. All for the Best Possible Motives, of course.


23.01.19 What's wrong about Cambridge? Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world. Cambridge is the fourth-oldest surviving university in the world. Cambridge has produced, so far, 90 Nobel prize winners - and Cambridge, this educational powerhouse, just might not be where I want to go.There's no escaping the fact that Cambridge is a majority white and majority posh (!) institution.



Has any Western news outlet reported, say, these ten true statements?

1. People in Crimea are pretty happy to be in Russia.

2. The US and its minions have given an enormous amount of weapons to jihadists.

3. Elections in Russia reflect popular opinion polling.

4. There really are a frightening number of well-armed nazis in Ukraine.

5. Assad is pretty popular in Syria.

6. The US and its minions smashed Raqqa to bits.

7. The official Skripal story makes very little sense.

8. Ukraine is much worse off, by any measurement, now than before Maidan.

9. Russia actually had several thousand troops in Crimea before Maidan.

10. There's a documentary that exposes Browder that he keeps people from seeing.


17.01.19 While samba is the famous sound of Brazil, all the inhos and inhas flying around in their daily chatter are a photo-finish second. Literally, they make something smaller, effectively softening a word, turning it cute and gentle. And while in English diminutives are often seen as a little childish (kitty, doggy, mummy), everyone in Brazil, from politicians to medical doctors, use them without any hint of irony.

For a country so famous for its big stuff – the Amazon, Christ the Redeemer and Carnival – Brazil can, in a funny way, be thought of as the land of the tiny. Practically no word is immune from diminution.

Caminhos Language School Portuguese professor Jean Fonseca told me that there are even diminutives that have turned into other words entirely. Camisa is the word for shirt in Portuguese, so camisinha would naturally lead you to believe that it’s a little shirt. Wrong. In Brazil, camisinha is in fact the popular name for a condom, a term employed to make the topic of safe sex more approachable.

“It was used as a strategy to popularise the condom among the people,” Fonseca said. “The original name ‘preservativo’ was nicknamed a ‘camisa-de-vênus (Venus’ shirt) after the Roman goddess of love. This then became ‘camisinha’.”



13.01.19 The message may turn out obscure and its meaning evaporates if you get it imbued with repetition:

 May, responding to a question, mentioned the word ‘deal’ seven times in just two sentences. She uttered it once every six words during a 25-second response.

"The only way to avoid no deal is to have a deal and to agree a deal," she said. "And the deal that is on the table, the deal that is the deal that the EU has made clear is the only deal.

"There's an issue that's been raised about the backstop and we're continuing to work with the EU on that particular issue.

"But there is a good deal on the table, and for those who want to avoid no deal then backing the deal is the thing to do."


11.01.19 Asked to characterize Putin and Trump in one word PM of Canada called the former “problematic” and the latter “unpredictable” thus showing the amazing capacity of human brain to compress the maximum of impression and expression into the minimum of verbal matter.


7.01.19 Both the English original and its translation into Russian raise concerns about the exorbitant reliance on ambivalence:

The Trump administration and the State Department appreciate the need to resort to new measures in order to counteract Ukraine’s economic and political death spiral. The first step to halt Ukraine’s plummet into chaos should be the process of internal Ukrainian reconciliation.

It is unfortunate that Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, had taken the course towards legal persecution of his political opponents. This persecution is carried out using utilitarian means counter to the rule of law. As a former Soviet regime, Ukraine has a history of using its law enforcement institutions to do its political bidding, relying on unsavory methods to reach political objectives.


Aдминистрация Трампа и Госдепартамент осознают необходимость прибегнуть к новым мерам для противодействия экономического и политического разрушительного хаоса на Украины. Первым шагом, чтобы остановить погружение Украины в хаос, должен стать процесс внутреннего украинского примирения.

К сожалению, президент Украины Петр Порошенко взял курс на юридическое преследование своих политических оппонентов. Это преследование осуществляется с использованием утилитарных средств, противоречащих верховенству права. Как бывший советский режим, Украина имеет историю использования своих правоохранительных учреждений для выполнения реализации политических требований, опираясь на сомнительные методы для достижения политических целей.


3.01.19 Look at the uncertain correspondences below (underlined): 

My jaw clenches when Hulu videos buffer. I huff and puff when stuck in a sluggish line at a coffee shop. Slow cars in the fast lane send me into a curse-filled tizzy. I’m ashamed how quickly I lose my cool over these minor things. I’ve often wished I could be a more patient person, but it’s overwhelming to know where to start.


Всякий раз, когда на Hulu (американский видеосервис прим.ред.) зависает видео, я невольно стискиваю зубы. Я начинаю закипать, застряв в вялотекущей очереди в кафе. Неторопливые автомобилисты на скоростной полосе вызывают у меня поток ругательств. Мне самой стыдно, что я настолько легко теряю самообладание из-за мелочей. Мне всегда хотелось быть более терпеливым человеком. Но с чего начать?

1.01.19 The BBC is always in time with its piece of advice:

"whenever I can feel the lingering effects of a hangover, I seek out a pickle shop. At a mere 1 TL for a glass, it’s much more natural and cheaper than any painkiller".