The Great Race Around the World


Think Magellan was the first man around the world? Think twice. The identity — and status — of the first man to go full circle may surprise you big time. My TED-Ed Lesson on Magellan’s Circumnavigation of the World is out. .. Read More.

Henry: The Interpreter Who Beat Magellan


Most people think of Ferdinand Magellan as the Portuguese explorer who first sailed around the planet on a quest to prove that the Earth was round. Now, consider this. While Magellan did sail from Spain on an expedition that eventually .. Read More.

5 Detox Strategies for Multilingual Professionals

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Jerome, the illustrious theologian and linguist we celebrate as the patron saint of translators, may have been canonized after his death, but while he trudged the earth his temper was rather unsaintly. His knack for languages was rivaled only by .. Read More.

Think You Have an Edge? Think Again

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In 1988, I was living in Constance, Germany as a graduate student. The Seoul Olympics were upon us. I would compromise on anything, as long as I didn’t miss the men’s 100-meter dash final, the long-awaited face-off between legendary US sprinter .. Read More.