language

25
Jul

No more swearing in English?

Begoña Martínez

Somebody makes a pseudo-stupid joke at my son Quique in the street —something I’ll never understand. Pablo looks at me with his best “what the hell just happened, did you get it?” and our telepathy fails for a moment, and I have to make do with expressing my thoughts with words, and in front of

09
Jun

Scruples

Begoña Martínez

“Scruple” derives from scrupŭlus, small stone. If you get a stone in your shoe, you’ll be uncomfortable. Today scruples make you hesitate when confronted with a moral choice.

09
Jun

What if I had a year to live?

Begoña Martínez

On Tuesday my Interpreting students at University brought to class, as practice material, an interview with the star of Breaking Bad. The text contained the question: What would you do if you had a year to live? It was funny, at the time, to think that it’s just one year since Benita, my German mom, left

23
Jan

Spanish for Spain or for Latin America? For Susie Bright

Begoña Martínez

With Spanish, a language that is used so widely all over the world, with so many different cultural differences, how do you approach a text?