There are some items of language that people tend to struggle with. And sometimes they don't struggle, but still are unkowingly wrong. Let's shed some light on everyday mistakes in English. What's the proper way to say 1.5 h? (2013). Stupid as it sounds, the answer is not obvious. Is it one hour and a … Continue reading Sabbatical: This is how you say it
I’m currently writing my PhD thesis in Catalan —and some percentage in English to get the international mention— when they reveal that the actor who will take the lead role in Doctor Who will be, in fact, an actress. Weirdly enough, both facts are closely related. If you saw the teaser of my first scientific … Continue reading Pesticides, language and ‘Doctor Who’. What are pyrethroids?
‘Tis the season to be jolly, and there’s nothing jollier than knowing your vocabulary. Therefore, today we’re learning about two Catalan words that foreigners tend to get wrong. Now that the tió tradition has gone properly international thanks to Kate McKinnon (see video below), it’s time to debunk the belief that tió means uncle. ‘If … Continue reading Correct these mistakes for Christmas
Just like last year, the same week of the Diada, the Catalan national day, I want to talk about my language. Here's a visual selection of the 50 facts about the Catalan situation nowadays published in the InformeCat 2015 by Plataforma per la Llengua.
Tomorrow is going to be the Catalan national day. There's going to be a demonstration, there's going to be politics; but I'm here today to talk just about a language. Here's a visual selection of the 50 facts about the Catalan situation nowadays published in the InformeCat 2014 by Plataforma per la Llengua.
PONS Idiomas. No fotis! Barcelona: Difusión Centro de Investigación y Publicaciones de Idiomas, 2010. ‘It includes words that don’t appear in conventional dictionaries or textbooks, because they’re taboo, politically incorrect or recently invented.’ Indeed, No fotis! is a Catalan-English and English-Catalan bilingual dictionary of slang and vulgar speech. It’s good that someone takes their time … Continue reading ‘No fotis!’ – Catalan-English slang dictionary