(Translated from Spanish by our interns.)
Our translation studio offers translation and interpreting services in a wide range of languages. This is due to the fact that we also manage translation projects. English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian or Polish are only a few of the languages we work with. In this new blog series we are going to talk more in depth about the main translation languages we work with at Translation Boutique.
We are going to start with the language that most professional translators, freelancers or in-house, have as their first or second language: English. The prevalence of English nowadays is due to the language expansion carried out by the British Empire and to the U.S. becoming a world economic, military, scientific and cultural power. English is spoken by about 508 million speakers around the world and is the third most widely spoken language by number of native speakers behind Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.
The English language descends from the language spoken by the Germanic tribes, who were originally from Holland, Germany and part of Denmark. Later, the territory was called Englaland, which means land of the Anglos. A huge part of its vocabulary is derived from Latin learned words, French loanwords and northern Germanic languages.
One of the biggest challenges of the English language, whether you are a native speaker or not, is reading the words properly. That is why metathesis and pronunciation mistakes are quite common. Every language evolves with its use, but in the case of English, most of its changes come from the standardization of common mistakes.
Words originally beginning with n: words like apron or umpire began with the letter n. However, expressions such as a napron were so common that speakers began to believe that the first letter belonged to the previous word.
Sound changes: metathesis is a natural change in the English language. Some good examples are the words wasp, bird or horse, which were originally pronounced waps, brid and hros.
You can find more interesting changes in this article published by The Guardian.
We hope you enjoyed this post about some interesting facts of English.
Thanks for reading!
Davinia Albert for TB
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