Onomatopoeias in Different Languages: Cock-a-doodle-doo or Chicchirichì?

We use them every day and sometimes they can facilitate communication among speakers of different languages: we’re not talking about gestures (although, if you want to find out more about that, you can click here!), but rather about another linguistic device known as onomatopoeia. This word – which, let’s be honest, everyone has struggled to…

Five Italian Expressions You Should Know

Italy is a Mediterranean country with a very rich historical and linguistic background. The “boot”, which is how Italians often refer to it based on its shape, is one of the most popular destinations for tourists from all around the world. Whether you have been there or not, we thought we would boost your Italian…

All You Can Eat: Food Language from Around the World

Food plays a huge role in defining a country’s culture and, as a result, it has a strong linguistic impact, too. There are many curious food expressions around the world; some of which refer to actual food, while others are more metaphorical and, as such, give us food for thought (we just had to get…

5 Great Foreign-Language Films

Inspired by last month’s BFI London Film Festival, we have put together a list of some of the best foreign-language films from around the world. Grab the popcorn, and enjoy!   City of God (Cidade de Deus) This is a fast-paced action Brazilian Portuguese film not for the faint-hearted. It tells the story of a…

Five Reasons Why You Should Learn a Foreign Language

Language is our thing here at Creative (if you hadn’t already guessed 😉), and we understand the impact it has on society as well as its intricate intertwining with communication. However, many people underestimate the importance and benefits of learning a foreign language, so we thought we would break it down for you! Read on…

Exceptionally Useful Phrases in Brazilian Portuguese for You to Learn

With the Olympic Games just a couple of weeks away, sports fans will soon travel from all over the world to Brazil to enjoy some warm weather (never mind that it is winter in South America at the moment!), and to support their country competing in the Olympics. So if you yourself are travelling to…

Spanish Translation – The Most Common Traps for Marketers

Spanish Translation

Did you know that Spanish is the second most widely-spoken native language in the world? With around 470 million native Spanish speakers across the globe, and over 60 million people who have learned it as a second language, it’s second only to Mandarin, the most popular language. Given these numbers, it’s no surprise then that…

Arabic and its Challenges for Marketing Translation

As businesses and brands increasingly look to expand into the Middle East, they face many challenges with translation into Arabic. Arabic is an old, poetic language, full of idioms and cultural references, hence adapting messages that will retain an appeal to audiences in the Middle East is the first challenge. Then there is the typography:…