29 March

Feelings of a non-native speaker

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Feelings of a non-native speaker

One of my most embarrassing moments came when I’d been in Germany for a year or so.   In the middle of a disagreement, a friend of a friend mentioned something annoying I’d done a couple of weeks previously – ancient history for a twenty-year-old. So to show that I found it hard to understand […]

18 January

Lessons to learn from marathon runners

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Lessons to learn from marathon runners

  I’ve never run a marathon and I think it’s safe to say I never will. But over the years I’ve had lots of interesting conversations with people who do and who described their training for it. What impressed me was the structured approach they were taking, their staying power and their enthusiasm, not just […]

24 November

Let’s talk about DeepL

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Let’s talk about DeepL

  People often tell me about the wonders of DeepL, a tool which translates their mails into English in a matter of seconds. Knowing how much time it can take to write an English email, I certainly understand the appeal. And machine translation has come a long way since the days when the output was […]