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The Horrifying Implications Behind Today’s Toys

13/05/2013 22:14
Think of the time before you first went to school. Before you got shoved in a room with a bunch of strangers of similar age, and were subsequently brought to the bitter conclusion that indeed you are nothing special. Think of the times when your imagination was still vivid and alive. Look back with nostalgia at the moments when you could escape into an imaginary world towards a new adventure. Got it? Great. Because now we came to seize those sweet memories and turn them into...

Lingua Cosmica

18/03/2013 17:20
Ever since the fall of the Tower of Babel, people have been struggling to understand each other. Obviously, that's most likely the reason why you are studying at our department. But if the communication between us, earthlings is already so complicated that it requires this immense involvement of the academia, what are our chances at understanding someone from a different star?   The invention of the radio and the dawn of space flights gave this question a spur. Pioneer...

Word of the Week

17/03/2013 15:17
Last week we started talking about some playful language. I usually don't have to think hard about the word of the week, it just pops up in my mind. It was the same this week, too. So we’ll continue with the funny stuff, but this time there will be more terms related to the special foreign word of the week. Photo: Exciting Language Games via sxc.hu On Monday, March 11 I took part in a benefit concert in Skalica organized under the auspices of a non-profit foundation...

Word of the Week

01/03/2013 16:25
       Photo: Matt Beckwith      I've been writing my bachelor thesis for a while now and I bet I'm not the only one to come across some new words, linguistic curiosities, or even peculiarities. Last week we introduced a new word in the English language, this week, let's have a look at a word which is well-known to English-users, but used in an unusual form and with an altered...

Word of the Week: PONDERISM

23/02/2013 21:33
This semester has been kicked off, so let's move full steam ahead with something linguistics, too! In the following weeks, we will bring you a set of words which are interesting either from the translator's/interpreter’s point of view or from the perspective of any English language enthusiast in general. May these seeds be worthy of a good soil that our faculty offers!               Have you ever heard of a...

One

25/10/2012 15:40
I had to wait. I had to wait and see how the first weeks of school would turn out because this year, ladies and gentlemen, is going to be tough. And I don’t mean the amount of knowledge we will have to absorb, but the amount of absurdity that I’m coming across at our Faculty, which is becoming just unbearable. I’m not sure whether I should cry or laugh like a madman. Perhaps I should do both.   Let’s start from the top. The semester hadn’t...

Sweat and Misery at the “Aliens Police” by Peter Barrer

17/07/2012 13:00
How much do I really want to stay here? This thought sometimes runs through the minds of foreign nationals living in Slovakia, even committed Slovakophiles like me. This has nothing to do with any unfriendliness on an everyday level; Slovaks are after all a pretty friendly bunch. This thought is rather sparked by the institutionalised misery that is dealing with the Aliens Police in Bratislava.   Every year or two, third-country nationals...

“Go and study,” they said… “It will be easy,” they said… by Princess Awesome

14/05/2012 15:32
Source: The Voice for School Choice It’s been a while, I know. But I had to focus on my studies. Though I wish I could say that studying was the hardest part – nah!   Being a student of the third year of university here in Slovakia is not easy. I’m not complaining about the amount of knowledge we have to ingest in order to get our degrees. But the system is a complete mess which makes our lives even more complicated than they...

What Are You Doing Here? by Irene González De la Fuente

01/04/2012 14:20
Photo: uniag.sk “What are you doing here?” Every time I meet some Slovak for the first time, it’s the first question they ask. Then follow “Why did you choose Bratislava?” and “Why didn’t you choose France or a richer country?”   Women on the whole tend to think too much. It’s one of our main characteristics. But, me? Well, I don’t bother my head with too much rational thought. For instance, when it comes to shoes, I don’t think...

Bratislava? Ano! by Irene González de la Fuente

25/03/2012 15:58
Photo: http://finkorswim.com/2012/01/06/smile-a-guest-post/ I always look at the sky when I arrive in a new place but that day the sun didn’t even come to say “Hello”. After ten hours on a bus (the worst night of my life, by the way, due to my own continuous moaning, which got me repeated scary looks from my Japanese-tourist seatmate – God only knows where they thought my parents were sending me off to: a remote girl’s boarding school, jail or perhaps a...
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