Be the Voice: 5 Tips for Aspiring Voice-Over Talents

People often describe their dream job as one that lets them earn while enjoying what they love to do. Voice-over talents are some of the people blessed with this perk. In fact, they can even pursue their other passion or interests as they do not need to be confined in just a single office. They […]

10 Sites to Answer Your Grammar Questions

Should I use is or are? Between or among? No matter how complicated, or even basic, these questions may be, chances are other people have wondered and Googled the same thing. Thankfully, there are tons of information out there, but beware. You shouldn’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Some are good—even excellent—but others […]

Political Correctness in Language

Political discourse can oftentimes get too crass with the usage of language especially recently. We’ve seen it on TV. When leaders blurt out reportedly prejudiced remarks about topics like rape and gender equality, or when influential figures through their speeches call out racial groups and religious organizations regarding foreign policy, these create a stir that […]

5 English Words and Phrases Used Differently in the Philippines

The Philippines is known to have been colonized by a number of countries—Spain, United States, and Japan. As such, the Filipino culture has been greatly influenced by the cultures of these countries—from religion to customs, food, clothing, and more. Due to many foreign influences, no wonder that even the language of the Filipinos has evolved […]

5 Seemingly Interchangeable Words But Are Really Not

Just as how confusing your toothbrush with that of someone else is probably the most embarrassing blunder you can make, mistaking one word for another is something you and your audience will not forget anytime soon—albeit less disgusting. Here are five things that people often get wrong but, sadly, they don’t even notice. Everyday vs. […]

George Orwell’s Six Rules of Effective Writing

Haste makes waste—this adage also applies to writing. When writing, particularly when trying to meet a deadline, we often forget some basic rules. This can lead to written content filled with sentences that don’t make sense; ineffective use of language can lead to misunderstandings and even distorted ideas. If you want people to understand what […]

Different Strokes for Different Folks

As editors, we come across many different types of writing ranging from those of technical sectors to personal memorandums or letters. The most difficult and important aspect of the editing process is revising the writer’s or translator’s work by taking into account the intended readers. The tone and style of language, as well as terminology, […]

6 Filipino Words that Don’t Have Direct English Translations

As an employee of Lexcode Inc., an ISO-certified language translation and interpretation company, I can’t help but be fascinated by how words translate from one language to another. Moreover, having graduated with a degree in English Studies, I’ve become particularly interested on how words translate to English. They say that, for every culture, more words […]

5 Things to Remember for Your Content Style Guide

Having a style guide is no longer limited to publishing companies. From the renowned New Yor Times to the even more prominent McDonald’s, style guides were made for a semblance of order. It can focus on many things, such as brand identity or content creation, but their ultimate goal is to ensure that everything is […]