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The History of Piñatas

  Piñatas have been around for ages. Most people identify piñatas as being of Hispanic heritage. They actually originated in China, around the 16th century. They were colored with bright and vibrant paper and decorated in many different ways. This was to greet the New Year in China. They would then knock the figures

Plain Language in Translation

April 15, 2010 6 Comments »

What is Plain English? Plain English (sometimes referred to as plain language) is a style of writting that is simple and direct. It “emphasise clarity, brevity and the avoidance of technical language”. Why Plain English? “Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in any other document (or any part

A Little Bit of History: The First Latin-American Interpreter

October 10, 2008 2 Comments »

She is known by many names: Malinalli, Malintzin(Spanish transliterations of her original name– the tzin suffix was added to indicate hierarchy and nobility), “Doña Marina,” or most commonly, La Malinche. Malineli Tenepatl (c.1502 – c.1529), a Mexican girl born into the upper class, was presented to