If there's a trait that distinguishes Spanish from other languages, it's definitely the presence of the letter Ñ that we all know and love, right? Well, no. :) While looking into this so-called “typically Spanish” letter, we've learned that it’s also part of other languages such as Guarani, Quechua or Tagalog. It's clear that the Spanish conquistadores had something to do with it…
The number of languages that disappear year after year is growing at an alarming rate. Around 3,500 are expected to die out by the end of this century. Languages can die out due to several reasons. Some have become extinct relatively quickly due to natural disasters, civil conflict and world wars. The indigenous people of El Salvador, for example, abandoned their cultural practices and their language to avoid getting killed during the Salvadoran peasant massacre in 1932, which targeted the poorest citizens of El Salvador, many of whom were indigenous people.

Did you know that there are more than 7,000 languages all over the world? This is why it’s hardly surprising that the translation services industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds. But why stop with just a single fact? We thought we’d give you...

The Spanish are accustomed to the arrival of the Three Kings every January 5, eating turrón nougat to the tune of Christmas carols, or eating the twelve grapes of luck every New Year’s Eve in time with the tolling of the bell, but the truth is...

As a Romance language, Spanish is one of the hardest languages to learn in Western Europe. This is particularly true for Germans because there are certain phonological differences in comparison with German. Are you familiar with the peculiarities of Spanish which make it an especially...

With our jaws dropped and our eyes round as saucers. That was what the Okodia team looked like when we stumbled upon the translation news we’re about to share with you. We already had an inkling that translating into other languages was...

In Spain, we laugh at the unerring talent of our movie industry to ruin perfectly good movie titles when translating them into Spanish. Some particularly memorable examples are: Un canguro superduro (The Pacifier), Soñando, soñando… triunfé patinando (Ice Princess), Dos colgaos muy fumaos (Harold & Kumar Go To...

It’s often (wrongly) thought that all languages are equally complex when it comes to translating them. Is translating a phrase into English the same as translating it into Arabic? Obviously not! Each language has a different level of difficulty as professional translators well know. Now,...

Being happy and successful is something that many professionals aspire to. There are professional translators who keep asking themselves if they’re truly happy accepting rush projects with short lead times or if they would have been better off doing something else. At Okodia-Grupo traductor, we’re...

I’m sure that when you tell someone that you’re going to miss them (echar de menos in Spanish) or you wish to visit the English Channel (Canal de La Mancha in Spanish) or you talk about tax havens (paraísos fiscales in Spanish), you wouldn’t have...