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Happy New Year of the Rooster!

The word “zodiac” comes from the Latin word zōdiacus, which originates from the Greek word ζoδιακός, or zōdiakos, meaning “circle of animals.” It refers to the circle of twelve 30-degree divisions of the sky measured along an imaginary line on the sky: the apparent path of the Sun over the course of the year. Called…
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What are the advantages of being bilingual?

This is the first in a multi-part series on bilingualism. “You’re so lucky you speak so many languages!” All of us here at VOVF Europe and VOVF USA are multilingual, so this is a phrase that we all hear fairly often. Many of you probably do, too. But how “lucky” are we exactly? What are…
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VOVF Translation Services opens new US subsidiary

VOVF Translation Services is pursuing its international development across the Atlantic. Three associates - Jody Shafran, Veng Lo and General Manager Giuseppe Lombardo - have decided to export their unique translation concept to the USA. VOVF USA, the new subsidiary based in Portland, Maine, has a very ambitious agenda: provide high-quality bespoke translation services to…
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Trump’s distinctive use of language

During his campaign, president-elect Donald Trump was “bigly” original in the way he expressed himself, especially when he criticized other candidates. "Nasty woman," "crooked Hillary" and "bad" are quite self-explanatory, albeit unusual in a campaign, but what do you think of "lightweight" and "low-energy"? Can you make out his New York accent in the video?
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