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New Year’s Celebrations Around the Globe

by Celine Imbaud New Year’s Eve celebrations are among the oldest and most universally observed. They generally include ceremonies which are expressive of death, invigoration and celebration over the renewal of life. In some countries, parties are thrown on New Year’s Eve which last until the early hours of New Year’s Day. In the United [...]

Christmas Traditions Around the World

Little children in the United States believe that on the night of Christmas Eve, Santa Claus brings presents to all the little children in the world. Santa Claus first appeared in the United States in the 1860s, and was named for the Dutch Sintaklass, meaning St. Nicholas. The character of Santa Claus was based on [...]

The Unsung Heroes of the G-20 summit

This past November, France welcomed members of the G20 to Cannes for the 2011 summit. There were many important topics on the table, particularly the debt crisis in the EU and the cooling world economy. This group represents 85% of the global economy, and therefore finding ways to work together on these important issues is [...]

French and French Canadian

By Celine Imbaud   Just as Great Britain and the USA are divided by a common language, so are France and their former colony in the Americas, Canada. In fact the dichotomy here is even bigger than between the two versions of English. While it is widely known that Canada is the second largest area [...]

How to write a good source file

By Celine Imbaud When writing, your intended audience is important. This is especially true when you are writing for an international audience. When you are preparing a document that is to be translated, this is exactly what you are doing. It is good to write with your entire audience in mind. The garbage in, garbage [...]