An Introduction to Audiovisual Translation and the Difficulty of Translating Cultural Phenomena

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What is Audiovisual Translation? Have you ever watched a film or series and thought “I wonder how they would translate this scene into a foreign language”? For many countries in Europe, such as Germany, Italy, France, Sweden and the Netherlands, watching dubbed or subtitled films is the norm. Dubbing and subtitling, the two most common…

Five Compelling Quotes about Languages

Here at Creative, we are hooked on languages. Nerdy language jokes are our daily bread (for a sneak peek into a typical day at our London headquarters, click here!) and making words work whatever the language is our mission. Different words in different languages drive change and inspire emotions, and we are not alone in…

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…