Tag Archives: Language

Language Fail – Episode 6: The time I was addressed by my price…

Translating can be a difficult task especially when you have no training in the skill and I found that out the hard while working for my previous company when asked to translate meetings for non-English speakers. Advertisements

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An Idiots guide to Brazilian English Translations – Part 1

I have a category on blog called language fails where write posts about funny language related episodes I’ve been a part of or come across, however there has been a particular series I’ve wanted to write about  for some time … Continue reading

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Language Fails – Episode 4: Never nod your head to someone who is speaking a language you don’t understand.

Two days ago I had my first health scare in Guinea when I showed some malaria symptoms. As per our companies procedure I went straight to our medical department to test for Malaria, which fortunately came out negative. However as … Continue reading

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Language Fails – Episode 3: The time my housemates thought I spending evenings with a penis

Portuguese for me is, and always will be a secondary language, no matter how much I try. Want to know why? Slang. As I never grew up in the country, I am completely oblivious of the slang vocabulary developed by … Continue reading

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Language Fail – Episode 1: The six months I mistakenly asked for clean sex…

I know the title sounds odd, but worry not, this is not what you think it is about. Cue major disappoint about not sharing sex stories. It’s about language. I was busy writing a post about the subject about the … Continue reading

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One month in the Land of Smiles

A month ago arrived in Beira after spending two and a half months in my no man´s land: London. It was a period of some deserved relaxation after a couple of months of intense and hard work in Tripoli, which … Continue reading

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Lost in Miscommunication

The week I decide to post something about how I can’t complain about my life in Libya, I end up having the worst week yet of my first year here. A lot of the frustrations of last week had to … Continue reading

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Death by Diamonds and Pearls (or Cars and Miscommunication!)

*Also published as an Editorial (5 December 2010) on Look Out Libya** I was on an expat forum the other day and saw some posts where some expats where venting their frustrations about living in Libya and it was then I … Continue reading

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