the world of words

Published: 1 month ago

Sanity Routine

Contrary to what outsiders believe, we freelancers work a lot. And working from home is quite a bit overwhelming as we have the freedom to work round the clock. I am sure that every freelance translator witnesses, fortunately, many of those moments in his …

Published: 3 months ago

7 more ways to say Congratulations

  Joyful times go hand in hand with Congratulations. When addressing graduates, newlyweds, or anyone with good news, a hearty “Congratulations!” is in order. But the amateur linguist in me always ponders over other synonyms which are used currently or were used in the past. …

Published: 4 months ago

4 tips to make the most of your busy time

   A lot of translators, including me, have written very useful posts/articles on effectively managing our “dry spell”. Reading, spending time with family, honing existing skills and adding new ones are just a few of those practical advises. And applying all these has really …

Published: 5 months ago

Word Origins – Camouflage

 Before it was a military term, camouflage was French street-slang popular among pickpockets and other shadowy figures in 1870s Paris. A combination of the Italian word camuffare (to disguise) and the French word camouflet(puff of smoke), this word described a common practice among thieves: staging an attractive woman who would …

Published: 6 months ago

The Right Price for your Services

When I started my career in the language industry, I was so green. I took whatever project I could find at any price. I was neither domain specific, nor I was specific about any ridiculous payment terms. I needed the experience and I did …

Published: 6 months ago

The Dangers of Lowering your Prices and How to Prevent it

  An increasingly competitive, cut-throat industry, coupled with some unexpected dry spells, increasing costs, and low morale…..boom! The decision of lowering your price becomes logical and rational. It is very common phenomenon, especially in a country like ours, where you can get “professional translators” …

Published: 6 months ago

Word Origins – Orange

One of the brightest spots in the winter season in India is Orange. It’s the only really edible thing in the English language that describes itself (you can eat violets, but they don’t taste very good, unless you steep their roots in liquor), and …

Published: 7 months ago

8 Common Sign-offs: Origin and Uses

  Last night, I was watching my favorite Looney Tunes cartoon with my son (it is his favorite too, especially Daffy) and I saw their famous sign-off phrase (That’s all Folks!) and it got me thinking about some of the most common sign-offs we …

Published: 7 months ago

Are musicians better language learners?

Today’s economic environment demands that our children become the very best they can be. A lot of demands are placed upon us as parents, and whether we like it or not, we need to help our children navigate their way in today’s fast-paced world and build …

Published: 8 months ago

Cultivating Passion

Passion is a virtue which is way too overrated in our society. Every self-help, pop psychology book teaches us  how to find passion in our menial jobs and life. It is as if having a miserable, non-rewarding life is a pre-requisite to find passion. …