Business idioms

Business idioms and financial jargon illustrated An idiom is a phrase or a fixed expression that has a figurative, or sometimes literal, meaning whereas Jargon is a type of language that is used in a particular context —usually a specific trade or profession— and may not be well understood outside of it. Here you have a list … Continue reading Business idioms

Multilingual Idioms, Sayings and Colloquialisms Illustrated

Idioms, Sayings and Colloquialisms in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese… Here is an extensive list of illustrated idioms, sayings and colloquialisms and its equivalents in other languages. Please note that I have often added the word by word translation in parentheses just after the idiom/saying/colloquialism version in other languages so … Continue reading Multilingual Idioms, Sayings and Colloquialisms Illustrated

Variants, dialects and accents of English

Variants, dialects and accents of the English language English is nowadays the global lingua franca and the third most-spoken native language in the world (the top 10  languages in the world by number of native speakers are: 1. Mandarin Chinese 2. Spanish 3. English 4. Hindi 5. Arabic 6.French 7. Portuguese 8. Bengali 9. Russian … Continue reading Variants, dialects and accents of English

Comprehensive List of Texting and Chat Abbreviations

Texting and Chat Messages Whatsapp, WeChat, Telegram, Facebook, Twitter… Messaging Apps are changing the way we write and communicate with one another. In the 90s and early 2000s, when people texted SMSs (Short Message Service) and were charged for each one they sent, abbreviations and acronyms were a way to save money. With  primitive chats … Continue reading Comprehensive List of Texting and Chat Abbreviations

Etymology of “Translation”

What is the origin of the word “Translation”? It is the process of translating and adapting words or a piece of writing from one language into another. It is also a full-time career and the main source of income for many translators and interpreters all over the world. Throughout history, civilizations have required translators and interpreters … Continue reading Etymology of “Translation”

Etymology of “Economy”

What is the origin of the word Economy? We learned earlier about the origin of the word finance. Today we will focus on the etymology of the term economy, which at the beginning had a somewhat different connotation from the one we are used today. Nowadays, Economy refers to the management of resources, such as … Continue reading Etymology of “Economy”

10 most “useful” languages according to the World Economic Forum

Most useful languages First of all, it is important to highlight the difference between the most spoken languages in the world and those more likely to provide career and job opportunities, since the economic and strategic weight of a language depends on many factors, not only on how many people speak it. Top 10 languages … Continue reading 10 most “useful” languages according to the World Economic Forum

How can we avoid the next financial meltdown?

How the rich get richer – money in the world economy I strongly recommend this excellent and thorough TV report produced by Germany’s public international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW). The starting point is the map of the current situation: exploding real estate prices, zero interest rate and a rising stock market – the rich are … Continue reading How can we avoid the next financial meltdown?

Wörgl: the miracle of a local currency

The Miracle of Wörgl Legend has it that in the midst of the Great  Depression, the mayor of the city of Wörgl, in Austria, issued a new currency… which depreciated every month by 1% due to the so-called rate of oxidation! That currency was a “Certified Compensation Bill”, a form of local currency best known … Continue reading Wörgl: the miracle of a local currency